Shanna Soh

Design Researcher and Lecturer
Netherlands (residence)
research interests: Design research, design education, academic research, design, fashion, textiles, interdisciplinary, Dutch design, transcultural design, transnational design, national identity, pluriverse, decolonising knowledge, Decolonizing methodologies
affiliation: Royal Academy of Art, The Hague - Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) | Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI)

Shanna Soh lectures at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) and at the AMFI, Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries, Amsterdam University of Applied Science. BDB & BKE qualifications attained. Alongside her teaching roles in design education, she is also a design researcher with a MA in Design Cultures from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). Current research interests: Decolonising design; design & pluriverse; bottom-up approaches to design & social innovation; design & generative AI; design & community engagement; design in the context of placemaking & national identity; design education and artistic research.


Latest publication: Soh, Shanna (2023) Replica Relay Race. In: Gardner, L. & Mohajer va Pesaran, D. (eds.), Radical fashion exercises: A workbook of modes and methods. Valiz.

She considers her work environment as a (virtual) playground, in which participants are actively engaged to have fun while co-creating experiments which question and reflect on past, present and future issues, especially those that tend to be deeply embedded within the design ecosystem.


In addition, she is the co-founder of Schone Vormen, a design collective which explores the boundaries of research, art and design, and often deliberately traverses these borders.


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