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Het Nieuwe Instituut is accepting applications for two research fellowships. A pre-selection of applications will be made by the R&D department.

Marina Otero Verzier
Director of Research

Dr Marina Otero Verzier is an architect and the Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. She leads research initiatives such as Automated Landscapes, and Architecture of Appropriation. Recently, she curated the exhibitions Spirits in the Material World by Heman Chong (2019), Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective by Jonas Staal (2018), and co-curated Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection (2019), and I See That I See What You Don’t See at La Triennale Di Milano (2019). She is part of the curatorial team of the upcoming Shanghai Biennial.

In 2018 Marina was the curator of Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale (2018). Previously, she was Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale together with the After Belonging Agency, and the director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X- Columbia University GSAPP (New York). Marina is a co-editor of Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016), After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of  the Ways We Stay In Transit (2016), Work, Body, Leisure (2018), Architecture of Appropriation (2019), and More-than-Human (forthcoming, 2020). She studied at TU Delft, Columbia GSAPP, and ETSA Madrid, where she completed her PhD. Her thesis Evanescent Institutions examined the emergence of a new paradigms for cultural institutions. Marina teaches architecture at RCA in London. Since September 2020, she has headed the Social Design Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Delany Boutkan
Research Department

Since 2019, Delany Boutkan has been in a long-term collaboration with the Research Department at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Her writings are published by cultural platforms including MacGuffin magazine, Onomatopee Projects, PS Sandberg / Sandberg Instituut, and Kunstlicht journal and she has developed public programmes and exhibitions at Van Abbemuseum (2018) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (2019 / 2020). She has facilitated conversations and workshops in several art and design academies including Graphic Design Arnhem (ArtEZ), Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Madrid, Jan van Eyck Academy and Willem de Kooning Academy. Delany obtained her MA degree in Design Curating and Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven (2018).

Ludo Groen
Landscape and Interior, Research Department

Ludo Groen works at the Research Department of Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage at Delft University of Technology, whilst practicing architecture from his eponymous studio. He holds a cum laude degree in architecture from both The Berlage’s Post-Master, and Delft University of Technology’s Master of Science. His writings are published in StrelkaMag (2020), OASE Journal for Architecture (2019), Architectural Association’s DUE (2018), and The Berlage’s Necessarily Eurometropolitan (2018).

Janilda Bartolomeu
Research Department

Janilda Bartolomeu is a researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a filmmaker working on projects researching the Cape Verde’s undocumented histories. Her projects stem from her interest in speculative fictions and folklore, and therefore balance on the intersection of memory and speculation. Her research has evolved into an exploration of the spectre as both a physical presence and a conceptual metaphor to question ambiguous, non-linear histories. Her current research at Het Nieuwe Instituut,  started with the film she developed for YouthDem x G/D THYSELF, called If The Walls Could Speak. Janilda’s research at Het Nieuwe Instituut continues with the And Other Spectres project, in which she researches the colonial spectres of the former Dutch East Indies, both as an embodied presence and as memories intertwined within bodies, material spaces and objects. Janilda holds an MA degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Marten Kuijpers
Landscape and Interior, Research Department

Marten Kuijpers is an architect based in Rotterdam, and researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut. His work concerns the often invisible political and economic forces, scripts and mechanisms that shape cities and their hinterlands. His current research focuses on the implications of automation for the built environment, as part of the research project Automated Landscapes, launched in 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut. Marten was curator of several exhibitions at the institute, including Sicco Mansholt: A Good European, which examined the spatial implications of postwar agricultural policies in the Netherlands. Marten studied architecture at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. Between 2010 and 2013, he curated the lectures and debates program of the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

Setareh Noorani
Research Department

Setareh Noorani is an architect, researcher, zinester, and part of experimental music collective Zenevloed. In her projects and creative involvements, she uses various media to explore ways in unfolding and embodying, questioning processes of trauma and time, always in the grey space between academic and artistic research. This involves investigating, disrupting, and unfolding archives through spatial investigations and cathartic self-publishing practices.
Her current research at Het Nieuwe Instituut focuses on qualitative, paradigm-shifting notions of decoloniality, feminisms, queer ecologies, agencies (non-institutional, non-authorship), and implications of the collective, more-than-human body in architecture, its heritage and its multivocal futures, as part of the new project Collecting Otherwise and the cross-institutional The Critical Visitor. Setareh holds a MSc in Architecture (cum laude) at TU Delft.

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
Digital Culture, Research Department

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer studied history at the University of Utrecht and developed an art practice that moved into the field of digital culture. Since the late 1990s, he has been working at the intersections of culture, technology and ecology and he researches, curates and moderates events in this field. At Het Nieuwe Instituut, he is a researcher, primarily in the context of digital culture. He was responsible for – among other projects – the Garden of Machines (2015), 51Sprints (2016) and Gardening Mars (2017), and co-curated the Neuhaus temporary academy for more-than-human knowledge (2019). Currently he is developing the zoöp project, a legal format for collaboration between humans and collective bodies of non-humans. He has been teaching media and other theory at the Rietveld Academy since 2002. A consistent element in his work is the intersection of different knowledge practices: technological, artistic, legal, scientific and non-human.


Katía Truijen
Digital Culture, Research Department

Katía Truijen is a media theorist and musician based in Rotterdam. Since 2014, she has been developing research projects and public programs within Het Nieuwe Instituut's Research department. Her current research focuses on the politics of contemporary video culture. She was assistant curator for Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2018, and co-editor of Architecture of Appropriation: On Squatting as Spatial Practice (2019). Her writing has been published by cultural platforms including Sonic Acts, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Virtueel Platform, Simulacrum, Institute of Network Cultures, IDFA DocLab, WhyNot and FIBER. She holds an MA in New Media and Digital Cultures and BA in Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, and completed the Art & Research Honours Programme at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Previously, she taught at the University of Amsterdam, department of Media Studies, and was a guest lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Design Academy Eindhoven, ArtEZ University of the Arts and the Nederlandse Filmacademie.

Alessandra Fudoli
Research Department

Alessandra Fudoli is a researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut, where she collaborated with Appropriation as Collective Resistance and is currently exploring the MVRDV archive. Her investigations started during her graduation in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo, where she carried a research with Tipografia Paulistana emphasising the value of graphic design as part of the memory of the city. Aligned with her studies in Heritage at TU Delft (2019), both experiences reinforced her interest in memory as an attributed and dynamic mechanism that articulates and anchors experiences of the bodies in space. Her current research focuses on doubt and conflict as a path to the emergence of a collective memory composed of multiple stories. Using methodologies encountered in her exchange at ETH Zurich (2020) and through groups as PC3 and Demonumenta, that unfolds heritage in Brazil through decoloniality, she seeks to further disrupt her perspectives.


Federica Notari
Research Department

Federica Notari is a multimedia trans-disciplinary researcher. She graduated from Leiden University with an MA in African Studies and MA in Media Studies. Her research interests question how we navigate space, how it informs us, and how we belong to space. Through her methodologies, she aims to demystify the role of the researcher and question the hegemonic structures that define knowledge. She particularly focuses on how identities shape spaces and are shaped by spaces, as well as how material, cultural artifacts become material objects that embody meaning.
Her current research particularly focuses on how family archives inform one's belonging: seeing archives as mobile flexible bodies that can be recontextualised, remobilised and reanimated. In addition, she is also the curator of Words Off The Page, an event aimed at redefining the space where the practice of writing belongs and how sharing text can become a practice of kinship.


Carolina Pinto
Research Department

Carolina Pinto is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher, working with new media, storytelling, and making public as ways to expand visibility and criticality, within today's digital cultures. In her practice she embraces notions of care and collective knowledge production as ways to build feminism as an ever-present lens and method when researching and designing. In 2019, she developed a project space, The Future is Tentacular: Making Kin and Other Gestures, that aimed to map and practice tentacular thinking in workshops, reading sessions and other collective actions. Currently enrolled in the MA New media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Carolina has been working with the Institute’s Research and Development team since September 2020.

Delany Boutkan, Marten Kuijpers, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Setareh Noorani
Alex Walker