Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Staff and Tutors

Staff and Tutors

Ingrid Commandeur
Course Director
Graduation Supervisor


Susana Pedrosa
Course Coordinator


Core Tutors

Kate Brehme
Course Tutor Seminar Making Things Public


Emiel Copini
Graduation Supervisor 

Ayesha Ghanchi
Co-Tutor Critically Committed Pedagogy

Elizabeth Graham BW

Elizabeth Graham
Co-tutor Practice and Research Seminar







Çağlar Köseoğlu
Co-Tutor Critically Committed Pedagogy



Irina Shapiro
Co-tutor Contemporary Issues in Art & Design Education, Graduation Supervisor and Graduation presentation


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Renée Turner
Co-tutor Contemporary Issues in Art & Design Education, Graduation Supervisor 


Sjoerd Westbroek
Co-tutor Practice and Research Seminar, Graduation Supervisor


Thijs Witty

Co-tutor Practice and Research Seminar, Graduation Supervisor


Our program strives to develop an international and interdisciplinary character by remaining in close sync with the latest research in the field of art and design education both in the Netherlands and abroad. It maintains its learning and teaching environment by actively inviting noted guest speakers and tutors to share their expertise with our students and staff.

Guest Speakers and Tutors 2019

  • Sophie Krier is a relational artist, researcher, educator and editor.
  • dach&zephir is a design studio based in between Paris and Guadeloupe, transforming history, habits, and cultural contrasts into objects/things.
  • Rolando Vásquez contributes to the movement of decolonial aesthesis and thought. He is associate professor of sociology at University College Roosevelt and affiliated to the research institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Gender Studies Department of the University of Utrecht.
  • Irene van Oorschot is senior lecturer in the humanities at Erasmus University College. With her background in feminist and postcolonial science studies and pragmatist philosophy, she approaches the humanities as an important resource in thinking with and through human and non- and post-human realities
  • Shailoh Phillips is a polymash media artist/researcher/educator. She has spent the past decade working in the field of digital media and design education, as well as cultivating a collaborative studio practice of cross-media projects and tinkering with electronics.
  • Paula Pin is a researcher and artist activist with a strong inclination towards research and experimentation processes with collective and free technologies.
  • Rory Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience.
  • Judith van der Elst is an archaeologist and creative entrepreneur. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico (USA). With a passion for teaching and learning in the land, she currently leads a semi-nomadic lifestyle to explore the possibility of new rural-based ‘laboratories.’
  • Michelle Teran is an educator, practicing artist, and researcher working within the interdisciplinary field contemporary art and whose research areas encompass socially engaged and site-specific art, transmedia storytelling, counter-cartographies, social movements, urbanism, feminist practices, critical pedagogy, and activism. She is a research professor Social Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.

Guest Speakers and Tutors 2018

  • Khadidiatou Bangoura, dancer and art educator, Berlin
  • Mona Jas, artist and art mediator Berlin Biennale 2018
  • Teana Boston-Mammah, coordinator Minor Cultural Diversity, tutor & researcher WdKA Rotterdam
  • Kirstin Broussard, educator MoMA, Berlin/New York
  • Paulien Melis, Programme Developer Waag Society
  • Rory Pilgrim, artist
  • Anthony Schrag, artist and researcher
  • Shailoh Phillips (alumni MEiA), educator and researcher in the Critical Making Consortium
  • Andries Hiskes, PhD Researcher at the Centre for Arts in Society, Leiden University
  • Tour and guest lecture Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam
  • Tour and guest lecture The Black Archives, Amsterdam

Guest Speakers and Tutors 2017

  • Jack Halberstam, writer and professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University
  • Professor Peter Kraftl, director of Internationalisation, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Michiel Koelink, educator and media artist.
  • Anne Nigten, initiator and director of the Patching Zoneli
  • Dr. Esther Peeren, associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, vice-director, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
  • Alex Schaub, fablabexpert, director of maker community Contact Amsterdam
  • Jon Stam, designer, teacher at the Willem de Kooning Academy
  • Clare Butcher, curator and art educator, Amsterdam
  • Hendrik Folkerts, Documenta 14 curatorial team
  • Amal Khalaf, artist, researcher and Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries

Guest Speakers and Tutors 2016

  • Lotte van den Berg, artist and theatre maker
  • Jan Boelen, artistic director Z33, Head of the Master’s Department Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • Melanie Buhler, curator
  • Belinda Hak, museum educator, curator public programming
  • Mel Jordan, Reader in Art & the Public Sphere, Head of Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art
  • Michiel Koelink, educator and media artist
  • Anna Santomauro, independent educator, curator and researcher
  • Marijke Steedman, curator and educator for organisations such as Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery
  • Peter Troxler, Lecturer Creating 010, Revolution of the ‘Maakindustrie’
  • Marc Tuters, research fellow, University of Southern California’s Annenberg Centre, Los Angeles
  • Piem Wirtz, Manager of the CKC Digital Art Lab, Zoetermeer

Guest Speakers and Tutors 2014-2015

  • Joost de Bloois, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, Cultural Analysis and Comparative Literature
  • Marianne Brouwer, art historican and curator
  • Joris Dik, Prof. Materials in Art and Archeology TU Delft
  • Prof. dr. A.T. Gerritsen, professor of Asia-Europe Intercultural Dynamics, Leiden University
  • Ine Gevers, curator, writer and activist
  • Ane Hjort Guttu, artist, writer and curator
  • Ni Haifeng, artist
  • Adelita Husni-Bey, artist, researcher
  • Heringa / Van Kalsbeek, artists
  • Sophie Krier, designer, teacher
  • Klaas Kuiken, designer
  • Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann, Professor of Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Theatre, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Levien Nordeman, researcher of new media and digital cultures
  • Sandra Ortmann, Director educational program for Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (2008-2011)
  • Maaike Roozenburg, designer, educator
  • Linda Vlassenrood, curator, architecture historian, program director International New Town Institute