Hilde Bouchez, PhD teaches and researches within the field of applied arts, design & architecture, with a focus on phenomenology, directly linking with Social Design and Storytelling as generators of meaning.
In the past she was a design manager for PROUD EUROPE: a co-design platform and initiator of the FabLab and Innovation Hub Buda, Kortrijk, both within a European Interreg project. She was a founder and editor in chief of the magazines BEople and A Magazine and author of Design for a new Century (2004). Since then, she has curated several exhibitions including Maarten Van Severen & co: A Wild Thing (2017), at the Design Museum Gent. This coincides with a collection of philosophical essays which she has published on the role and meaning of design in todays neo-liberal society (A Wild Thing. Essays on things, nearness and love (2017), APE).
Currently she is involved in the ADO (Academic Design Office) project entitled On Continuity and Identity: Post-School Nepal, which aims to research and build generous spaces for communities under stress in earthquake struck Nepal.