Contextual Design Tutors

Louise Schouwenberg

Head of department

Louise Schouwenberg studied psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen), sculpture (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam), and philosophy (University of Amsterdam) – a variety of studies and practices that have turned her into an art and design theorist who links an understanding of the hands-on artistic process to a philosophical research of art and design practices. Her main interest is the close relationship between people and things and the intriguing ways in which they mutually shape each other.

Schouwenberg has written and contributed to various publications, including Zeen on photographers Scheltens & Abbenes (Case Publishing 2019), Questioning Design (icw Joost Grootens; Design Academy Eindhoven 2018), Beyond the New – On the Agency of Things (icw Hella Jongerius; Walter König Verlag 2017), Material Utopias (Sternberg Verlag 2017), ‘The city contains narratives’ (in Brick. An Exacting Material; Architectura & Natura 2015); ‘Shaping Experiences’, on designer Konstantin Grcic (in Panorama; Vitra Design Museum 2014); and she has contributed to various monographs/catalogues on artists and designers, including Robert Zandvliet, Hella Jongerius, Jurgen Bey, Alexander van Slobbe, Joris Laarman, Wieki Somers, Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Ruta Butkute. Currently she prepares various publications, including a text on current views on craftmanship (at the request of the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana).

Apart from writing, Schouwenberg has (co)curated exhibitions, among others for Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Gallery Fons Welters Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, and the Textile Museum Tilburg. She has teached and lectured at various art academies and universities, including the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Royal Academy of the Arts in The Hague, and Politecnico di Milano (faculty Architecture and Urban Studies). Since 2010 Schouwenberg is head of the Master Department Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Since 2019 she’s a guest lecturer at Kunstakademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg, Germany.

In the course of three subsequent years Louise Schouwenberg has collaborated with designer Hella Jongerius: during two subsequent Salone del Mobile events in Milan they presented their critical views on design by way of the manifesto Beyond the New (2015, at Palazzo Clerici), and the shadow play A Search Behind Appearances (2016, at La Rinascente storefront windows; commissioned by Serpentine Galleries London). In 2017 Schouwenberg and Jongerius curated the exhibition Beyond the New for museum Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (10/2017 – 9/2018). Parts of the same exhibition were presented at the MUDAM museum in Luxemburg from October 2018 until January 2019. For this presentation, Schouwenberg and Jongerius invited filmmaker and former Contextual Design student (and current tutor) Alexandre Humbert to react on their installations and a work from the museum's archive (Alvar & Aino Aalto).

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Gijs Assmann



Gijs Assmann is a Dutch artist, who studied at AKI in Enschede and the post-academic Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Narration is at the heart of his work. Assmann combines dramatic, figurative and stereotypical images with a flippant and experimental way of making. The resulting installations, sculptures and drawings touch upon all the senses and provoke an overall sense of melancholia and helplessness that arises from “the tension between true happiness and inevitable failing”.

Apart from his autonomous work, Assmann has also realised a large range of works commissioned for public space, including a sculpture for the headquarters of British Petrol and a monument to memorize Charley Toorop. In 2015 Museum Jan Cunen in Oss presented Desalniettemin, de Liefde (Nevertheless, love), an overview of Gijs Assmann’s oeuvre. From 1999 to 2006 Assmann headed the Ceramic Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and since 2012 he’s a tutor at the department of Fine Arts at ArtEZ Arnhem.

Laura Herman

Tutor Cultural Theory / Thesis Tutor

curator / writer

Laura Herman is a curator and writer whose work focuses on spatial infrastructure and the relationship between architecture, affect and human experience. Laura currently serves as a curator at La Loge, a Brussels-based space dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and theory, and she is editor of De Witte Raaf, a bimonthly art journal distributed in Belgium and The Netherlands. Laura graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard, 2016) in New York, and holds a master’s degree in Comparative Modern Literature (Ghent University, 2010). In 2019-20, Laura will be curating the 12th Satellite programme at Jeu de Paume in Paris, CAPC Bordeaux, and the Museo Amparo de Puebla in Mexico, and she is currently developing Family Fictions, an exhibition that will take open at Extra City Kunsthal in September 2019. Laura’s reviews and essays have appeared in Mousse, Frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Metropolis M, Bomb, De Witte Raaf, and elsewhere, and she has curated exhibitions and events including Natural Capital (Modal Alam) at Bozar (Brussels, 2018), Definition Series: Infrastructure at the Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, 2016), Third Nature at the Hessel Museum (New York, 2016), The Office for Doubts and Desires at P!, (New York, 2016), and Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams at Marres (Maastricht, 2013). From 2013 to 2015, Laura served as an assistant curator at Z33, House for Contemporary Art, working on commissioned artworks in public space.

Simone Farresin



Italian designer Simone Farresin graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven, Contextual Design department, in 2009. Together with Andrea Trimarchi he founded design studio Formafantasma, located in Amsterdam.

In their work Farresin and Trimarchi bridge craft, industry, object, and user. For this reason they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry. Works by Studio Formafantasma have been commissioned by a variety of partners including Fendi, Hermes, Droog, J&L Lobmeyr, Gallery Libby Sellers, Established and Sons and Lexus. Whether designing for a client or investigating alternative applications of materials, Studio Formafantasma apply the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail to every project they undertake. The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an intense awareness of the historical, political and social forces that have shaped a specific context.

Their work is part of various collections, including those of the MoMA in New York, Victoria and Albert in London, the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, the Mak Museum in Vienna, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

At the Contextual Design department Simone Farresin guides the second year students, focussing on the layers of meaning and references that hide in materials, techniques and forms.

As of September 2020, Farresin and Trimarchi will head DAE's newest MA department: GEO—Design.

Jesse Howard



Jesse Howard is an Amsterdam-based designer / researcher focusing on creating objects that question the established relationship between designers, producers, and users, and as a result speculate on new systems of making. He graduated from the designLAB at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from Colorado College. Recently, Howard has worked together with Intrastructures and Kirschner 3D, and presented workshops for Thingscon and Arduino’s Casa Jasmina.

Barend Koolhaas



Barend Koolhaas' office aims at engaging people, companies and schools in experimental design. Koolhaas holds a MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology. Prior to starting his own practise in 2011 Barend was employed by OMA where he was project leader on a number of international urban and architectural projects, most notably Waterfront City in Dubai and West Kowloon Cultural District for which he spent a year working in Hong Kong. Before his employment at OMA Barend briefly worked at IDEO in Palo Alto and as a self-employed architect he designed Wildflower, a small school building which won the 2004 Dutch Design Award for products in public space. He has recently completed a new building for an art space called EENWERK and renovated the office of renowned designer Irma Boom. Barend teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and at both the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and in Rotterdam.

Hewald Jongenelis



Hewald Jongenelis is a Dutch artist, who has studied at the School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg and the postgraduate De Ateliers ’63. He works both on individual projects and on projects he realizes together with his partner Sylvie Zijlmans. The duo is known for the large variety of media they employ, ranging from drawings, sculptures, installations, film and photography to large events they organize with people in specific urban contexts. Their works often question reality and trigger the mind to wander off to unknown, dreamlike and humorous territories. Their work is part of the collections of various museums, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Apart from their autonomous works Jongenelis and Zijlmans have realized a range of public art projects, to be found in various places in the Netherlands. Jongenelis is also a regular tutor at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Frans Bevers


architectural designer

Frans Bevers currently works as an independent curator, designer, consultant and tutor. Until 2012 he was co-director of OPERA Amsterdam, a design firm working in the field of interior architecture and exhibition design he co-founded in 1981. The studio produces major exhibition designs and large-scale museum interiors as well as retail, office and interior designs for the health sector. Through the years OPERA Amsterdam worked for clients such as: Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, British Library, Hampton Court Palace (East Molesey), Kensington Palace (London) National Museum of Korea (Seoul), National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Museum of World Cultures (Göteborg), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden), Hema (Amsterdam), Tempoteam (Amsterdam), AMC Emma Children’s Hospital (Amsterdam).

Next to a range of nominations in this period, award-winning projects include: Inside Festival Barcelona, 2011 (Ceramic Study Galleries Victoria & Albert Museum), Dutch Design Award, 2004 (Hema pilot store), Lensvelt-De Architect Interior Prize, 2001 (National Museum of Ethnology).

He was tutor and head of the department of Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (1979-2007) and lectured at Parsons School of Design (NYC), Shanghai Normal University (Shanghai), East China Normal University (Shanghai), University of Illinois (Chicago). Until recently he was part of the teaching staff of the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague). 

As a passionate cyclist he published Dagboek Amerika (Lecturis/Dato, Eindhoven-Amsterdam, 2015) and Pijn in het Peloton together with Pieter Cramer (De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam-Antwerpen, 2018). He finished first in his age category at the Gran Fondo New York World Championship 2019 in New York City.

Frans Bevers received the Jan Lucassen Award 2017/2018, an award aiming to recognize a teacher who is demonstrably dual talented in combining a professional practice with teaching.

In 2019 he received the BNO Piet Zwart Award, a Dutch lifetime achievement award for designers who have made an important contribution to the design profession.


David Mulder van der Vegt



XML is an international creative agency active in the domains of architecture, urbanism and research. The office was founded in Amsterdam by Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder in 2008. Their work is characterised by a research-driven approach and ranges from the scale of developing a series of scenarios for organizing the Olympics in the Netherlands for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, to designing an installation for de Apple Arts centre in Amsterdam. Projects include the design for a new UN headquarters in Bonn, an arts pavilion in Hong Kong and researching the architecture of plenaries halls of parliaments around the world. 

In 2014, the office participated in the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennial and was a finalist for the Prix de Rome 2014, the oldest and largest Dutch state prize for Architects under 40. XML has directing the two-year Master Program 'Designing Democracy' at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

Ben Shai van der Wal

Tutor Cultural Theory / Thesis tutor

linguist / philosopher

Ben Shai van der Wal studied literary sciences at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, where he specialised in the juncture between literature and philosophy. His interests and research extend from existentialism and semiotics to phenomenology and cultural criticism, and he has published, and contributed to, various publications. His critical mind as a relative outsider turns him into a valuable asset in providing fresh ideas and unconventional perspectives to students.

Mikel van Gelderen



Mikel van Gelderen studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art and Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and subsequently architecture at the Technical University Delft, where he obtained his (MSc) master degree in 1994.

Since 1990 Van Gelderen collaborates with architect Jurjen Zeinstra; since 1996 under the umbrella of the architectural firm Zeinstra van Gelderen Architects. The oeuvre of Zeinstra van Gelderen Architects includes various large buildings, such as the Collective House Amsterdam; Blok 5 IJburg Amsterdam; IJdock apartment building and office of the Waterpolice Amsterdam. Apart from these the architects have worked on experimental projects in which themes such as flexible use and changeability were researched, including the Tumble House, the Rubber House, and various urban projects across the Netherlands. Apart from his architectural work Van Gelderen has worked on various set designs for theatre and has contributed as editor to the architectural magazine Oase.

Jan Konings



Jan Konings graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven, department Man and Living, in 1990. In the early years of his career he has collaborated with others, including Jurgen Bey, on design projects that became known as ‘conceptual design from the Netherlands’.

Today Konings works at the cutting edge of urban design, landscape, art, ecology and design, and investigates ways of improving and enlivening the social cohesion of public space with (minor) changes or additions, prompting more involvement of people with their surroundings. Works include a park created from a former refuse tip in Haarlem, a meeting place for youngsters in a new housing estate in The Hague and three public staircases for the Maasvlakte (Portscapes 2). He is the initiator and driving force behind Hotel Transvaal, a hotel spread throughout the refurbished Transvaal neighborhood in The Hague, which uses all kinds of interspaces that arise when a neighborhood changes. Apart from working on his projects he’s often involved as a (guest) tutor at various academies, including the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.

Konings is a regular tutor in the Contextual Design department where he works both with first and second years, following his main interest: how design implicates the activities of users.

Dries Verbruggen



In 2002 designer Dries Verbruggen obtained his bachelor degree at Design Academy Eindhoven, department Man and Living. Soon after he founded design studio Unfold, together with Claire Warnier.

Unfold has created a range of experimental projects in which craft, industrial production methods and digital communication networks are combined, leading to complex patterns and sophisticated forms that testify of today’s production possibilities. “What is the role of the designer and how is it changing in a time when design and manufacturing become increasingly more digitized?” This question is key to understanding the works of Verbruggen and Warnier, which have been presented at many international design events and were covered by various media on innovative design.

Verbruggen has been teaching at various schools, including Colorado State University USA; Luca School of Arts; the ICT & Media Design department of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.

At the Contextual Design department Verbruggen guides a design studio in the first year that is focussed on linking old crafts to high tech production methods.

Sjeng Scheijen

Tutor Cultural Theory / thesis Tutor

Russian Avant Garde specialist / author

Sjeng Scheijen is a specialist on Russian art, a writer and free-lance exhibition curator. He worked all over Europe, the U.S., and Russia, and was awarded a VENI-fellowship from NWO to study the Demise of the Russian Avant-garde. His publications include a biography of Sergey Diaghilev and a publication of the Russian Avant-Garde.

Yvonne Dröge Wendel



Artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the postgraduate Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1993-1994) and Delfina Studios in London (2002-2003).

In her work Dröge Wendel is focussed on the manifold relationships between people and objects. Dröge Wendel challenges new ways of relating to objects and for this reason she sets up experimental encounters, aiming to capture what it is that objects actually do with people, with their surrounding, with each other. The artist is currently working on a PhD artistic research project at the University of Twente, in which she dives deeper into the relationship of people and objects.

Dröge Wendel publishes art books, features frequently in solo and group exhibitions, and engages on a regular basis with the public in public spaces. In 1994 she won the second Prix de Rome award for her work, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art. She is head of the department of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

At the Contextual Design department Yvonne Dröge Wendel guides a design studio in the first year, in which she focuses on research and the development of concepts on the relationship of users and objects.

Alexandre Humbert


designer / filmmaker

Alexandre Humbert was trained as a product designer (Contextual Design, Design Academy Eindhoven) and gradually developed a fascination for, and expertise as filmmaker. He currently focusses on video as a design practice. "As designers we are storytellers, we are not designing chairs but ways of sitting.” Humbert has created a range of ‘object interviews’ in which designs converse with each other regarding their existence. The first interviews were shown at Palazzo Clerici in Milan, during the Salone del Mobile in 2017, where Design Academy Eindhoven presented ‘DAE #TVClerici’, curated by Jan Boelen. Humbert contributed with surprising narratives derived from talking objects – for some a scary premonition, for others a lively new take on the life of things.

Barbara Visser



In the majority of projects, executed in photography, film, print, text or performance, Barbara Visser has been occupied with the uncertain relationship between registration and dramatization, plays with notions of original and copy, and questions the way history and memory are being shaped by both the individual and society. Dissecting various strategies to influence our collective memory, our biographies and behaviour, the works challenge conventions, readymade interpretations and clichés. From a solid conceptual basis, many works have a changing appearance, which is related to time, place and context. Thus, the projects can be regarded as multi-layered stories or threads, rather than symbolic pieces or statements.

Vincent de Rijk



Vincent de Rijk graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven, bachelor department Man and Living, in the 80s. He’s well-known for his extensive expertise in working with a range of different materials, especially in working with resins and plastics. He works both on self initiated projects and for a range of clients, including architectural firm OMA, for which he created many iconic models of buildings that became very famous. Apart from working for OMA his clients range from designers, artists, and architects, to companies, including Jongeriuslab/Galery Kreo, Ulf Moritz, Joris Laarman, Doepel Strijkers Architects, Richard Hutten, Van Bergen Kolpa architects, Studio Wieki Somers, and many others.

Vincent de Rijk contributes to the program of Contextual Design by way of material workshops, most of which are given at his well-equipped workplace in Rotterdam.

Nadine Botha


curator / writer

Nadine Botha is an artist who works with research, writing, publishing, and exhibition making to explore how invisible social, political, legal, economic, and cultural systems design our objects, bodies, technology, homes, cities, and experiences. One of her projects is The Politics of Shit in which she explores the politics of the portable flush toilet in Cape Town’s ongoing toilet wars. The Politics of Shit is now expanding into film, academia, and media. Other activities include being the assistant curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale in 2018, and editor-at-large of DAMN magazine. She is the founder of deSIGNIFY design, media, and art consultancy. In 2005, Deep South published her poetry collection Ants Moving the House Millimetres. Her poems have been featured on Poetry International and The Common and published in various magazines in South Africa.

Tjyying Liu


theatre maker, writer, performer, sinologist

Tjyying Liu is a theatre maker, writer and performer. He studied sinology in Leiden, Paris and
Beijing. Afterwards, he studied acting in Maastricht. Tjy works since 2006 as an independent
actor, writer and director. His debut ‘Zucht’ was awarded with a nomination for a ‘Gouden Kalf’.
He develops tours in the Rijksmuseum, Mauritshuis, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and
Tropenmuseum. Together with ‘De Sneeuwfabriek’ Tjy develops projects in cultural education and
musical theater.

Gabriel Ann Maher



Gabriel A. Maher is a designer currently living and working in the Netherlands. With a background in interior architecture, Maher’s practice is essentially focused on relationships between body and structure and an interest in objects and systems. An emerging methodology seeks to create situations where research and design come together in performance. Questioning design and media practices through queer and feminist frameworks has become a core position and approach. Their investigations confront a range of intersectional concerns, which frame concepts of gender, race and class as well as highlight how the body, identity and subjectivity are positioned, organized and managed. Until 2012, Maher practiced and taught interior architecture and design in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Currently, they are Designer in residence at Iaspis, as part of the international program, in Stockholm.

Irene Stracuzzi


graphic designer

Irene Stracuzzi is a graphic designer and researcher. Specialising in communication, print and information design, she works independently as well as collaboratively with different clients and contexts. Her self-initiated projects revolve around cartography, geopolitics, climate science and the ontology of information visualisation. Using different media (printed matter, video, installations, text), her work aims to inform the audience about complex issues while reflecting on the role of design as a critical tool to share knowledge.

Irene graduated in Design and Visual Communication (BDes) from Politecnico di Torino in 2014 and in Information Design (MA) from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017. An excerpt of her master thesis appeared on Migrant Journal and she has held several lectures about her work. In 2018 she received the Talent Development grant from Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.

Jennifer Tee



Jennifer Tee’s (1973) works comprise sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and
collages, all with a wide-ranging underlying frame of reference. Of central importance is Tee’s
interest in the in-between state of what she calls the soul in limbo*. The soul in limbo is restless
and alive, and caught in an unnamed place – a conceptual, mental, psychological, and physical
space – on the border between the here and the possible. Tee also researches contemporary life,
with its cross-cultural identity and narratives, its instability and complexity, and its potential for the
loss of identity, language, and kinship with original cultures. In addition, Tee explores various
forms of utopian concepts of life and their potential for creating a new and more beautiful and
soulful world. With her work, she encourages the contemplation of life’s fragile connections,
evoking spiritual realms with active material experimentation.

Thomas Thwaites



"I’m a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science, futures research &
etc. My first book, The Toaster Project, is about my attempt to make an electric toaster from
scratch. It has now been translated in to Korean and Japanese editions. My TED talk about the
Toaster Project is online. My second book, GoatMan, is about my project to take a holiday from
being human by becoming a goat."

Christel Vesters



Christel Vesters is an art critic, researcher, and curator based in Amsterdam. She studied art
history and curating in Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam), New York (New York University),
and London (Goldsmith’s College), and holds an MA in Art History from the University in
Amsterdam. Vesters has contributed to many art magazines, artist publications and exhibition
catalogues and has published a number of essays on art in public space, the crossovers between
art, architecture and design, and on the subject of art and knowledge. Besides this, she has
curated various exhibitions and discursive projects, including the lecture series and
publicationNow is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century (2009) in collaboration with the
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Currently, Christel Vesters works
on two longer-term curatorial research projects: Touch/Trace: Researching histories through
textiles, which unravels the intricate connections between textile, history, and society from a
contemporary art perspective. As well as Unfinished Systems of Non-Knowledge, which focuses
on the power of art to evoke other ways of thinking and its political agency vis-à-vis dominant
systems of knowledge.

Noam Toran



Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico (1975). Lives and works in Rotterdam. Teaches also at the
Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and HEAD, Geneva. Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of
intricate narratives developed as a means to disrupt hegemonic historiographies. Drawing from
marginalised or neglected histories, Toran reflects upon the interrelations of memory, erasure,
mythology, identity, and the essential force of storytelling as embodied in archives, film, literature,
and performance. The work is materialised through dramatizations that take the form of
installations, educational models, films, performances and scripts. The work is exhibited,
screened and published internationally, notably at the CNAC Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Wien
(Vienna), Venice Architecture Biennale, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Israel Museum
(Jerusalem), Witte de With (Rotterdam), MuHKA (Antwerp), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Lisbon
Architecture Triennale, Musée d’Art Contemporain (St Etienne), Baltic Contemporary (Newcastle),
Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Musée D’Art Moderne
(Luxembourg), Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).

Guests and Workshop Tutors

External Critic
Design Theorist

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and the author of critically acclaimed books on design, including Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and, most recently, Design as an Attitude. An influential public speaker and social media commentator on design, Alice has participated in important global events including TED and the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her TED talk has been viewed by over a million people worldwide. Based in London, she is chair of the boards of trustees at Chisenhale Gallery in London and The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire. Alice was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts.



Jing He graduated in 2016 from the Master programme Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Since then, Jing He’s work was shown at various prestigious institutes, including Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Museum Princessehof Leeuwarden, Flux Factory New York, Artgallery Roehrs & Boetsch Zurich, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Frans Halsmuseum Haarlem, Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein.



Huan Hsu lectures in journalism, creative writing and academic writing at AUC (Amsterdam University Collage). He is the author of "The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China" (Crown/Random House, 2015). A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he received his MFA in creative writing from George Mason University, where he also taught literature, creative writing and composition. As a staff writer for the Washington City Paper in Washington, DC, and the Seattle Weekly, he won two Society of Professional Journalists awards and received recognition from the Casey Foundation for Meritorious Journalism. His essays and fiction have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, The Literary Review and Lucky Peach.


Professor Philosophy of Technology

Peter-Paul Verbeek is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy and co-director of the DesignLab at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary professor at the Techno-Anthropology program of Aalborg University. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, in relation to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. In 2014, he received a VICI award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (a personal grant for innovative research) to develop a theory of technological mediation, aiming to theorize how technologies play a mediating role in scientific practices, ethical frameworks, and religion, and how this mediating role of technologies can be included in design practices. Earlier he received a VIDI-award (2008), for studying human enhancement technologies and the blurring boundaries between humans and technologies, and a VENI-award (2004), for studying the moral significance of technology, and its implications for design. From 2010 until 2012 he held the Socrates chair of philosophy at Delft University of Technology; in 2006 he was guest professor of philosophy of technology at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Among many other activities, Verbeek is a member of the UNESCO World Commission for the Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST), the Dutch Council for the Humanities, the Supervisory Board of TNO (Dutch Organization for applied scientific research), the board of the Rathenau Institute, the program council for Responsible Innovation (NWO – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, the KNAW Committee for the Freedom of Scientific Pursuit, and the Centre for Ethics and Health (Ministry of Health). He won many awards for his groundbreaking work and is the author of many publications, including Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011).


External Critic
Theorist / Director Het Nieuwe Instituut / The New Institute, Rotterdam

Guus Beumer is theorist, writer and curator. He collaborated with fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe, was director of Utrecht Manifest (2009), director of the cultural institute Marres (2005-2012) and NaiM / Bureau Europa in Maastricht (2006-2013). Since 2013 he is artistic director of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, a museum for contemporary architecture, design and digital culture. Beumer has contributed to various publications on design and has curated many exhibitions on architecture and design.


External Critic
Designer / Researcher / Writer

Tamar Shafrir was trained as an architect and designer; in 2012 she graduated at Design Academy Eindhoven, Contextual Design department, with a range of texts on design. Since then she has worked as a writer, curator and researcher.

In 2013, she founded design research studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima. Their projects have been exhibited at various international events, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Design Miami\Basel, the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, DE). In 2014, the studio curated the cultural programme of Biennale Interieur Kortrijk, producing two exhibitions, a film, a discussion series, and the book SQM: The Quantified Home. Since 2015 she’s one of the researchers at the New Institute in Rotterdam.

Shafrir lectured at the master courses of Design Academy Eindhoven: Contextual Design, Social Design, and Design Curating and Writing. She was a tutor at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Israel, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the Architectural Association in London, the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria Spain, Politecnico and Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.

Workshop Tutor

Kostas Lambridis is a recent graduate of the Contextual Design programme. His work testifies of a great sensitivity for the possibilities of materials and shapes. His designs were presented in prestigious exhibitions and featured in many media.

and other guest lecturers and workshops tutors