We are

Ghent Design Factory

Your one-stop shop for design thinking and passion-based learning at Ghent University

Our values


Work accross disciplines and fields to link our knowledge from different backgrounds to find innovative solutions.


Look at the problem from different perspectives to include the view of all the stakeholders.

Design thinking

Introduce design thinking as a mindset in all fields to solve wicked problems in an iterative process that validates the results.

Sustainable impact

Help to create a better world by solving problems linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Show, don't tell

Show your quick & dirty prototypes and test out your services instead of only making plans.


Collaboratively create solutions together with companies, organisations, knowledge institutions & indivuals.

Generating New Ideas & Solving Big Problems
On a global scale

Young or old, student or researcher, we all want to use creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset to solve the big challenges of our world.

Ghent Design Factory bundles 4 initiatives of Ghent University that promote design thinking and that follow the Design Factory vision.

We are proud to be part of Design Factory Global Network and be in connection with other Design Factories accross the world.


people involved

Ongoing Projects


How do we work

Are you interested in design thinking & cocreation?
Are you a student, researcher or employee of Ghent University that needs help to make your ideas possible?
Are you a company or organisation that wants to work together?

Just come and talk to us and we can see how we can help you realize your ideas.

Let’s Start Something new
Say Hello!

Jolien Coenraets

Jolien Coenraets

Manager Ghent Design Factory & The Foundry

+32 9 264 32 60

Jozef Kluyskensstraat 31, 9000 Gent

The Foundry

De Krook

Industrial Design Center

Fablab UGent