Prof Dr Iris Belle researches innovations in the construction sector and teaches design studio as an Assistant Professor at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai. Iris consults planning and design firms and drawing on her research of how socio-technical systems cause change in the built environment creates concepts for making cities nicer places to live in. To this end, Iris investigates effects of development visions and urban governance processes on planning and design decisions and on the long-term quality of buildings, neighborhoods and society. Here, Iris is specifically interested in ways how values are agreed upon and transacted across organizations and in the potential held by emerging technologies, specifically the block chain, to transform the construction sector for the better.

Iris is a public speaker and author of the book “From Economic Zone to Eco-city?”. During her post-doc from 2011-2015, she was a module coordinator at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich and at the Future Cities Lab Singapore. Iris holds a PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University, a Diploma of Architecture from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and a Chinese Language Certificate from Beijing Normal University.

She has been a architectural and urban designer at gmp-architekten and AREP and conceptualized architecture and urban development themed events with DAAD, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and stadtkultur-international.

Iris is a member of stadtkultur-international e.V., ICOMOS Singapore and participates in the stadtmacher project.