Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency programme in Kortrijk, Belgium.
The Designers in Residence Programme Kortrijk is a 4-month full time working residency from September to December 2017.

Designregio Kortrijk provides for the selected Designers in Residence Kortrijk:

  • accommodation
  • usage of Budalab Open Makerspace
  • experts in several domains and support of Designregio Kortrijk

Enabling liquid boundaries by social design

Boundaries in society blur.

Libraries act as social meeting places, social restaurants also accommodate childcare, young startups and concert halls are cohousing, culture and scientific research reinforce each other, etc.

The permanent state of societal transformations leads to a society with liquid boundaries.

Designregio Kortrijk invites 3 young designers to develop an experimental concept for those liquid boundaries by social design, exploring social transformation through confrontation between citizens, society, entrepreneurs and education in regions such as Kortrijk.

The compactness of this region is both a benefit and a challenge.

The outcome of the residency:

  1. Create an experimental project that enables societal transformation through confrontations between citizens, society, entrepreneurs and education in Kortrijk. The residency consists of research, process, experiment and making. Therefore, the designers are assisted with several design experts.
  1. As part of your research, during the residency, you will get into a dialogue with several regional projects from an international perspective as design experts:

you will challenge and influence,
you will connect people and places,
you will gather and disseminate.

Some specific projects are:


Designregio Kortrijk will be your host. Our organisation is the platform for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for the Kortrijk region. We organize projects that encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, inspire with good practices and connect companies, designers, education and government.

We are a joint venture of 5 regional organisations, with whom you will work closely together. This will allow you as a designer to connect with the local community (city of Kortrijk), local producers and maker industry (Voka West-Flanders & Interieur Foundation), urban planners and developers (Leiedal) and innovative education (Howest).

At the same time, the Buda Island is the focal point for a fascinating community of creative individuals, companies, cultural organizations, creative teaching as well as end-users. The aim is to connect with the local maker industry, largely embedded in the region and local producers in a contemporary way.

- The Budafabriek and Budalab Open Makerspace are the inspirational locations in Kortrijk (Belgium) where you will create, work and live.

- The Kortrijk region (Belgium) is a strong player in the economically blooming largest European inter-regional Eurometropolis and can be exemplified by large companies such as Barco, Bekaert, Unilin, Vandewiele, as well as a large number of family owned SME’s with an international outlook such as Skyline, Delta Light, Renson, Casalis, Obumex, Curana and many more.

- University College HOWEST & their Industrial Design Center is an open knowledge center and a communication platform between the industry and the education, research and development programs of the Howest and Ghent University in Kortrijk. Digital Arts & Entertainment and Devine - Digital Design and Development are, amongst others, two of their state of the art education programs.

Selection criteria

The profile of the designers must correspond to the following criteria:

  1. recently graduated (minimum level: master)
  2. team player
  3. manual skills (conceptual, handy, production, fabrication)
  4. affinity with social design
  5. an international outlook

Check our general terms and conditions

Apply now!

Are you one of the designers we are looking for? Do you see the unique added value in participating in this residency?

Apply HERE before Thursday 1 June 2017

!!! Completed applications must be submitted to Designregio Kortrijk before Thursday 1 June 2017, 9:00 CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.