Architectural Designer, Urban Geographer and Assist. Professor in Shanghai
Dr Iris Belle researches innovations in architecture and urban planning and teaches design studio as Assistant Professor at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai. Iris advises international planning and design firms and creates concepts for making cities more livable, drawing on her research on the impact of socio-technical systems on the built environment. Her research focus includes the following themes:
The effects of development visions and urban governance processes on planning, design, and long-term quality of buildings, neighborhoods and society;
The way values are agreed upon and transacted across organizations; and
The potential of emerging technologies, specifically blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, to transform the construction sector.
Iris holds a PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University and a Diploma in Architecture from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She is a public speaker and author of the book From Economic Zone to Eco-city (Borntraeger Science Publisher, 2015). During her postdoctoral research from 2011 to 2015, she was a module coordinator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and at the Future Cities Lab (FCL), Singapore. She is fluent in German, English, and Chinese.