In a world full of complex and urgent issues, I see design as political acts with the potential to change the status quo.

Iris Schutten initiates, develops, curates, writes and teaches about transition in relation to art, design, architecture, public space and the economy. She is interested in the commons and at the moment develops EnergieKas – a rooftop greenhouse that both generates energy and functions as a tropical community garden and testing ground for regenerative design. She also co-runs Langebeesten Energiek, a cooperation for a climate friendly old city centre in The Hague. There she developed Paardenkracht, a community owned solar energy cooperation. Next to her own practice she teaches ‘New Earth’ at Willem de Kooning Academy, an interdisciplinary graduation profile on radical social and circular design at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam and spatial design at the same institute.

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 as well as the interdisciplinary minors Sustainability and New Earth and was program leader of the Social Practices for some years.

Previously she worked as an (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).

She loves to garden, brew, cook, read, meet friends, do yoga, walk the dog and go to the beach.