BDC 2017 Schools Announced at Biofabricate

SVA poses with their project Myotomato at the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2016.

SVA poses with their project Myotomato at the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2016.

Dear Friends,

We had an amazing first year of the Biodesign Challenge. The BDC 2016 Summit saw nine teams from across the United States present at the Museum of Modern Art in June. Their projects have since been touring in galleries all around the world. We’re now very excited to announce the universities participating in Biodesign Challenge 2017.  

This coming January, 22 schools and 24 classrooms will explore the convergence of biotechnology, art and design. Our program will not only double in size, but will also expand to include schools from Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. We’re thrilled to bring BDC to an international audience.

We created the BDC because the majority of applications for biotechnology have yet to be discovered, and we firmly believe that students, working under the guidance of scientists, artists, and designers, will show us the way forward with their visions. 

We welcome:

Arizona State University
ArtEZ University of the Arts, the Netherlands
California Institute of the Arts, Program in Experimental Animation
California Institute of the Arts, School of Critical Studies
Central Saint Martins, UK
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
Kent State University, OH
Maryland Institute College of Art
New York University, ITP
OCAD University, Canada
Parsons The New School for Design, NY
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, NY
Pratt Institute, School of Design, NY
Royal College of Art, UK
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
School of Visual Arts, NY
Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala
University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany
University of Minnesota
University of Colorado Denver
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Westminster, UK
University of Pennsylvania


Today Program Director Daniel Grushkin announced BDC 2017’s participating schools at Biofabricate, the industry conference on biodesign and BDC partner.

At the conference, BDC 2016 student teams Bioesters (Fashion Institute of Technology) and Starter Culture (Maryland Institute College of Art) showcased their work to an audience from science, industry, and design. Check out for details.

Social media

Welcome our new student teams on Twitter – @biodesigned – and Facebook!

All the best,

The BDC Team

Alison Irvine