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Hi there! I’m Judit – design strategist and researcher, interested in the intersection of the designed and the natural world. My work focuses on how design can contribute to sustaining & enhancing urban ecosystems.
Judit Boros

designer, researcher

Judit Boros

Teaching experiences, from facilitation of workshops, design sprints to designing and managing lectures and short courses

An introduction to my doctoral research work: a multiple-case study analysis on how design frameworks can enable the use of NBS in the domain of urban development

I have been builing a Tumblr page since 2013 to collect food for thought on topics such as #design #climate change #biodesign #sustainability #service design #interaction design #nature #bioart #bioprinting #art #science

Examples form my service design & strategic design experience gained while working for large-scale service providers and NGOs or small companies alike

Examples from my product design and experimental design activity in the intersection of art, technology and design with natural elements. (Also my favorite works).

Hi there! Get in touch:

email ~ boros_judit@phd.ceu.edu

twitter ~ b_j_z

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Currently in Budapest, Hungary

Judit Boros is a product and service designer from an engineering background with expertise in user research and concept development for art&tech and biotech projects. Her practice also involves strategic design consultation for service/business development for various organizations, stretching from large service providers to start-ups or NGOs. She has been involved in diverse design education activities, and she has been running the Service Design Expert course at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME).

She started her Ph.D. project in 2017 at the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department of the Central European University, to investigate the role of design in integrating nature-based solutions (NBS) to urban environments. With her thesis work, she is joining the NATURVATION research program that seeks to understand the effects and implications of NBS to specific urban challenges and unlock the potential of NBS for sustainable urban development. She is interested both in the theoretical and practical aspects of applying transition design to urban sustainability challenges.

Most interested in

Nature-based solutions

Design for sustainability

Sustainable urban transitions

Lectures & Workshops

Lectures and courses

2020 – Guest lecture (online) at the Urban and Environmental Design Studio Master course at Politecnico di Milano (class size: 55). My lecture: ‘Strategic integration of nature-based solutions’

2019 – Service Design Expert course (SxD) for MOME OPEN: “Telemedicine Healthcare services” (5 weeks, class size: 15)

2018 – Teaching assistantship for Prof. László Pintér’s Masters class; Sustainable Development and Global transitions at the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department of CEU (class size: 34)

2018 – Module teaching: Art portfolio development for Milestone Institute Budapest (8 weeks, class size: 11)

2018 – SxD “Designing for multimodal connectivity – the Budapest Airport” (5 weeks, class size: 18)

2017 – Guest lecture for Dr. Zoltán Buzády’s Design Thinking course, joint course between CEU and MOME (class size: 20). My lecture: ‘Design Thinking in Service Design’

2017 – SxD “Service design for e-mobility” (5 weeks, class size: 22)

Selected workshops

2020 – Urban design thinking: online workshop for CEU Community Engagement Office

2019 – Re-design the City workshop for CEU Community Engagement week

2019 – Design Thinking workshop for Kreatív Kolozsvár

2019 – Design Thinking workshop for Climate KIC Greenhouse program

2017 – LogMeIn Innovation workshop series

2017 – Hospitality Driven Design workshop for Isobar Budapest

2016 – Living Cities: The Next Urban Revolution designlab at BrainBar Budapest with BIOPOLUS and Kitchen Budapest

2015 – Format Project Workshop: Social Design Cookbook at the Digital Bauhaus Summit, Weimar

2014 – Service Design Jam Budapest

Teaching experience

Teaching, facilitating learning, and mentoring others along the way have been entangled with my professional work, mostly in the form of running workshops, design sprints, or managing short courses. I am a product design engineer by trade, and the learning methods of my early training years have left a mark on my thinking and working approaches. Project-based studio-style lessons, holistic inquiries, and the joy and perks of group work grounded my experiences about how to get things done. I have run Hungary’s first service design course, called ‘SxD’ at MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design), and I have mentored Milestone students interested in Arts and Design to develop a portfolio of work that best represents their creativity and skills. I have also run various design thinking workshops and sprints for small and large organizations who wanted to refresh their teams’ working methods through a creative problem-solving process.

Educational activities

For more insights please see my portfolio of previous workshops and other educative activities.

Lectures and courses

2020 – Guest lecture (online) at the Urban and Environmental Design Studio Master course at Politecnico di Milano (class size: 55). My lecture: ‘Strategic integration of nature-based solutions’

2019 – Service Design Expert course (SxD) for MOME OPEN: “Telemedicine Healthcare services” (5 weeks, class size: 15)

2019 – Guest lecture at MOME Graphic Design BA course: “Service design basics” (class size: 20)

2018 – Teaching assistantship for Prof. László Pintér’s Masters class; Sustainable Development and Global transitions at the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department of CEU (class size: 34)

2018 – Module teaching: Art portfolio development for Milestone Institute Budapest (8 weeks, class size: 11)

2018 – SxD “Designing for multimodal connectivity – the Budapest Airport” (5 weeks, class size: 18)

2018 – Service design booster for Design Terminal’s mentor program

2017 – Guest lecture for Dr. Zoltán Buzády’s Design Thinking course, joint course between CEU and MOME (class size: 20). My lecture: ‘Design Thinking in Service Design’

2017 – SxD “Service design for e-mobility” (5 weeks, class size: 22)

2017 – “On socially responsible design”: talk at Impact Hub Budapest’s Design espresso

Selected workshops

2020 – Urban design thinking: online workshop for CEU Community Engagement Office

2019 – Re-design the City workshop for CEU Community Engagement week

2019 – Design Thinking workshop for Kreatív Kolozsvár

2019 – Design Thinking workshop for Climate KIC Greenhouse program

2017 – LogMeIn Innovation workshop series

2017 – Hospitality Driven Design workshop for Isobar Budapest

2016 – Living Cities: The Next Urban Revolution designlab at BrainBar Budapest with BIOPOLUS and Kitchen Budapest

2015 – Format Project Workshop: Social Design Cookbook at the Digital Bauhaus Summit, Weimar

2014 – Service Design Jam Budapest

Teaching experience

Teaching, facilitating learning, and mentoring others along the way have been entangled with my professional work, mostly in the form of running workshops, design sprints, or managing short courses. I am a product design engineer by trade, and the learning methods of my early training years have left a mark on my thinking and working approaches. Project-based studio-style lessons, holistic inquiries, and the joy and perks of group work grounded my experiences about how to get things done. I have run Hungary’s first service design course, called ‘SxD’ at MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design), and I have mentored Milestone students interested in Arts and Design to develop a portfolio of work that best represents their creativity and skills. I have also run various design thinking workshops and sprints for small and large organizations who wanted to refresh their teams’ working methods through a creative problem-solving process.

Educational activities

For more insights please see my portfolio of previous workshops and other educative activities.

The Design of nature-based solutions

Abstract

Nature-based solutions (NBS) is an umbrella term for concepts of green infrastructure, ecosystem-based adaptation, or ecological engineering; for all interventions mobilizing nature through ecosystems services (ES). Used intentionally, they offer a relatively novel approach to tackle urban sustainability challenges. NBS, in a practical sense, are means for urban revitalization and transformation, pushing beyond sustainability to address the goal of regeneration using the built environment, while in a theoretical sense are part of an agenda that imagines new scenarios for urban environments and way of living. Still, at present, NBS are rather temporal, fragmented, and used in an ad-hoc way. They can be lost in translation between the scientific assessment of ES and the local, socio-cultural context, implicating a lack of understanding and management to deliver the most value for the urban transition and transformation agenda (Kabisch et al. 2016). This dissertation research examines NBS cases ‘as a design consequence,’ considering them as design interventions in complex urban environments, where the interplay between technology, nature, and humans influence how urban nature performs (i.e., the NBS). Through a multidisciplinary case study analysis, based on qualitative data collected from three cities, the research highlights how the design framework can enable the use of NBS in the domain of urban development, and how the understanding of citizen’s usage, needs, values, or perception change the design outcome and implementation of NBS, as a starting point for using regenerative or transition design approaches in general planning more systematically.

Doctoral thesis

Currently I’m at the 3rd year of my PhD studies at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Central European University.

Academic profile

Public lectures and presentations about the research

07.2020 – ‘More-than-human-centered-design’ online talk at UX Budapest Meetup

04.2020 – ‘Urban design thinking’ online workshop for CEU Community Engagement Office

04.2020 – ‘Strategic integration of nature-based solutions’ online lecture at the Urban and Environmental Design Studio Master course at Politecnico di Milano

11.2019 – ‘The Design of Nature-based Solutions’ @ Centre for Urban Research, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

06.2019 – ‘Re-design the City’ workshop for CEU Community Engagement week @ Budapest, Hungary

05.2019 – ‘The Design of Nature-based Solutions: Milan cases’ @ Budapest, Hungary

Upscaling nature-based solutions poster

I was supposed to present this poster at the Fourteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices in March 2020 at Pratt Institute in New York. My proposal was: “Design factors affecting the uptake and implementation of nature-based solutions in mixed-use urban spaces – a qualitative case study analysis between three cities”. I was really looking forward to it but COVID-19 of course sabotaged all plans for early 2020. Nevertheless, I thought I upload it here.

Skills & Experience

Specialized in designing participative service design projects.

Managed and lead teams for creative project development.

Experienced designer and facilitator of co-creation workshops.

Loves to work in the intersection of art, design, and technology.

Keen on connecting creativity with entrepreneurship.

Know-how

Service design tools and methodology.

Collaborative idea generation, workshop design, and facilitation.

Concept development for products and services, visual identity & branding.

Presentation design and visualizations.

References

09. 2019 – ongoing – Course coordinator @ Institute of Advanced Design Studies (ADES)

10. 2016 – ongoing – Independent Service Design consultant

03. 2015 – 10. 2016 – Service Design consultant @ Isobar Budapest

06. 2014 – 04. 2015 – Design & communication consultant @ SZTE ÁOK (University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine)

01. 2014 – 03. 2015 – Design coordinator @ Kitchen Budapest

01 – 12. 2013 – Product-system designer @ BIOPOLUS Institute

Exhibitions

04. 2015 – Plantus project – OTTHON Design @ Budapest

02. 2015 – Plantus project – FISE Fresh @ Budapest

10-12. 2014 – assistant curator @ IMAGINING VISION program and exhibition – by Kitchen Budapest and Capa Center

10. 2014 – Selected projects (Plantus’09, Gourmet Gardens, Plantus’14) – Figurative Senses / Budapest Design Week @ Budapest

09. 2014 – Plantus project – Designjunction / London Design Week @ London

05. 2012 – Cultivator project – Parsons MFA Design and Technology Thesis exhibition @ New York

12. 2011 – CuciMi project – GdoWeek Young Idea for Retail Award @ Milan

04. 2011 – Polimi expo – Xtremely Ordinary Design / Salone del Mobile @ Milan

06. 2010 – Talking Flower project – Art’n Science night / Collegium Hungaricum Berlin @ Berlin

03. 2010 – Poem Bean project – Pixelache @ Helsinki

09. 2009 – Poem Bean project – Ars Electronica Festival @ Linz