Dr. Iris Belle

Keynote: New forms of collective living and working in the Chinese countryside
Tuesday May 14 | 4:10 PM – 4:25 PM

Panel: Hey city, why so smart?
Tuesday May 14 | 4:45 PM – 5:30PM

Architect, Geographer, Project Partner at Drees & Sommer

Dr Iris Belle creates concepts for making cities more liveable, drawing on her research on the impact of socio-technical systems on the built environment. She works on themes including:

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 to transform the construction and property sector.

Iris holds a PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University and a Diploma in Architecture from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She is a project partner at Drees & Sommer, Stuttgart. Prior, Iris researched innovations in architecture and urban planning and taught design studio as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) at Tongji University, Shanghai. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and the Future Cities Lab Singapore.