In a world full of complex and urgent issues, I see design as political acts with the potential to change the status quo by striving for positive change.
Iris Schutten initiates, researches, writes and teaches about transition in relation to art, design, architecture and cities. At the moment she co-runs Langebeesten Energiek, a local cooperation for a climate friendly old city centre in The Hague and teaches ‘New Earth‘, an interdisciplinary graduation profile on radical social and circular design at Willem de Kooning Academy, University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam.
Iris Schutten is initiator of Beyond Social, an international and open source research platform for social design, developed in collaboration with Hybrid Publishing Practices of Willem de Kooning Academy (University of applied Sciences Rotterdam). She was involved in curriculum innovation at the same institute where she developed the major Spatial Design, the interdisciplinary graduation profile Social Practices as well as the interdisciplinary minors Sustainability and New Earth.
Previously she worked as an architect on the development of various freezones, including the NDSM terrain in Amsterdam North and Grote Pyr in The Hague. She was also co-developer of several public art projects including the Laboratory for the Interim in The Hague and Between Realities at the Prague Quadrennial 2015. As a writer/editor she was involved in S+RO (magazine for urban and spatial development), Archined, Ruimtevolk and the publications Hotel Transvaal, Stedelijke Trasnformatie in the Tussentijd / Between Times (SUN Trancity 2011) and Het Groot Rotterdams Bruggenboek (Aprilis, 2005).

Iris Schutten is a Master of Science, educated at the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University in Delft (1989 – 1998). She holds a Basic Didactial Certification for Higher Education lecturers (2014) and a Basic Qualification for Higher Education Assessments (2019).