In a world full of complex and urgent issues, I strive for design as political acts that shake the status quo by striving for positive change.
Iris Schutten initiates, researches, writes and teaches about transition in relation to art, design, architecture, cities and economy. At the moment she co-runs Langebeesten Energiek, een local coöperation for a climate-friendly-old-city-centre in The Hage and teaches ‘New Earth‘, an interdiciplinary graduation profile 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, developped in collaboration with Hybrid Publishing Practices of Willem de Kooning Academie (University of applied Sciences Rotterdam). She was involved in curriculum innovation at the same institute and developed the interdisciplinary graduation profile Social Practices as well as the minors Sustainability and New Earth.
Previously she worked as an architect involved in 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 and / or 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).