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Edin Rudić

Director and Secretary

Edin Rudić is the Executive Creative Director for MKDA New York, an acclaimed corporate interior design firm. He joined MKDA in 2006 and has been integral to the creative direction of this national company. Working on large-scale corporate projects with clients such as Snapchat, Kind, Friedman LLP and Cambridge University Press, he has played a major role in helping MKDA achieve its current status as one of the nation’s preeminent design firms, prominently recognized on the list of 100 Interior Design Giants.

In his role he has helped reposition some of the most premiere office properties in New York City, working with major city property owners such as Vornado Realty Trust, Boston Properties, Equity Office, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Silverstein Properties and Thor Equities.

Edin was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Known as the “European Jerusalem,” Sarajevo is where East meets West, a place where the Jewish, Catholic, Christian Orthodox and Muslim religions coexisted and thrived in harmony for centuries and where empires from Roman to Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian have left a trail of cultural wealth.

The war in Bosnia broke out in 1992 and Sarajevo fell under a military siege. In the midst of the horror of living in the torched city, Edin entered the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts. In February 1994, with the help of American journalists John Falk and Sebastian Junger, he escaped the siege and moved as a refugee to Bologna, Italy. His first art show named “On the Edge” was exhibited at Libreria Feltrinelli International.

Later that year, he relocated to New York City and was admitted to The School of Visual Arts, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During that time, Edin volunteered for the Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights, working closely with its spokeswoman, actress Sigorney Weaver, to extend the 1-year Political Asylum deadline. In 1997, he was called to testify before the United States Senate on this issue.

In 2002, Edin earned a Masters in Science, Interior Design at Pratt Institute. After working for one of the most prestigious NYC residential designers, Jeffrey Billguber, he was recruited to serve as a designer and art director on two home makeover TV shows, Katie Brown and Surprise by Design on the A&E and Discovery channels.

Since 2003, Edin’s focus has shifted to large-scale corporate interiors. His interior design work has frequently been recognized in leading publications, including Interior Design, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Committed to his passion for fine arts, Edin continues to exhibit his paintings and sculptures.