I am Iris, a young entrepreneur with aspirations to explore the realm of creativity, academics and journalism. I balance at the intersection between design and social sciences and I consider myself an agnostic, pacifistic, and curious humanist.
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writer & designer
IRIS TJOA CREATIVES | January 2020 – Present – The Hague, The Netherlands
Creative writer of short stories, blog and poetry for a number of clients. Author of the poetry novel laten we liefde, published in April 2020. In laten we liefde I write about love in an era that is defined by social media and ‘being seen’. In my current Master program I am invested in conflictstudies in the field of religion and I am researching Indo-Dutch Silence and Colonialism. My ideologies have sprung from my own sex, race and spiritual convictions. I am committed to actively contribute to a society that listens to repressed voices and strives for human rights equality. Decolonisation therefore, is a central theme in my writings and inquiries.
As an architecture graduate, I have always beheld a fascination for creativity and design. The designer is the translator between the imagined and the depicted, and carries out research through design. It is a continuous tension in unraveling the ends of the customer – whether a private individual, a municipality or an NGO – and offering the means. Visualisation and aesthetics play an undeniable role in the conviction of an audience – what I wish to achieve is my work to appeal to the imagination. I am employed in graphic design, interior, webdesign, film and the arts.
EMOENA | January 2021 – Present | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Employed by Emoena’s program. Currently redesigning and rewriting Emoena’s vision, mar-keting strategy, website and graphics. Emoena is a platform that facilitates interreligious dialogue and that offers traineeships for religious leaders to help build bridges between the secular and the interfaith realm.
BABYSITS | September 2010 – Present | The Hague, The Netherlands
Currently employed with a warm family and their two teenage sons. I have always loved working with kids and I find my pedagogical skillset useful when residing in professional circles as well. It is a part-time job I aspire to maintain indefinitely.
TU DELFT | 2016 – 2017 | Delft, The Netherlands
Stylos Pavilion Project, celebrating 175 years of TU Delft; a pavilion was designed by a dreamteam of 9 students, set on campus. I was the working architect on the project.
model & hostess
HSU, LOCAL HEROES, STREETMODELS, MODELS AT WORK, VAN KLEYN & GROOT CASTING, VOSSE ENTERTAINMENT, MAX MODELS, CALVIN KLEIN, ANF ETC. | 2006 – 2020
I worked from childhood on as a model for the fashion, f&b and event industry. I have modeled for, organised and hosted extraordinary events all over the world.
human resources manager
UWV, ANF LONDON, PARIS AND AMSTERDAM| 2012 – 2015
I have worked as a manager in the field of human resources conducting job interviews, traveling to other branchesto evaluate work ethics, initiate coaching for employees, and managing the accountants office and salaries.
peace, trauma & religion
MRES MASTER | Faculty of Theology & Religious studies | 2020 – Present | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Religion is often misused to incite violent conflicts, but at the same time, it is one of the strongest ethical and spiritual resources for conflict resolution and transitional justice. This Master’s programme explores and teaches the knowledge, skills and insights in the growing field of peace and conflict studies. Courses in Hermeneutics, Peace, Trauma, Mindfulness and Classic theology. My writing focuses on decolonisation.
MSC MASTER | Faculty of Architecture & The Built Environment | 2018 – 2020 | Technical University Delft
The Architecture track draws on the rich architectural culture of the Netherlands from Berlage to Koolhaas. Teaching encourages students to develop creative and innovative building projects that use design as a means to deal with the technical, social and spatial challenges encountered in the built environment. Courses in Architectural Philosophy, Sustainability, Design, Modernity, Architectural Heritage, the STIJL-movement. Thesis on DE STIJL – music as a Modern art, focus on the relations between creative disciplines, with emphasis on architecture and music.
architecture, urbanism & building sciences
MSC BACHELOR | Faculty of Architecture & The Built Environment | 2014 – 2018 | Technical University Delft
Courses in Architectural history, Design, Project Management, Building Engineering, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. Thesis on defining adaptive capacity in buildings and design as an academic discipline.
BACHELOR MINOR | Faculty of Industrial Design | 2017 – 2018 | Technical University Delft
Courses in Human Mobility, Automotive Styling, Automotive Technology, Mobility Systems Design, and Automotive Skills.
cambridge advanced english
CAE PROFICIENCY LEVEL C2 | British Council Amsterdam | 2019
MINI MBA | London School of Excellence | 2013
MAPPA MONDO | Red Cross Foundation | 2014 – 2018 | Rijswijk
Hotel for children both mentally and physically impaired that require round the clock medical care and supervision. I helped for years as a volunteer taking care of the children in weekends and during summer.
FACULTY STUDENT COUNCIL | Faculty of Architecture & The Built Environment | 2017 – 2018 | Technical University Delft
The Faculty Student Council focusses on influencing the faculty’s policy-making. The council is permitted by Dutch law to monitor the quality of education, student-related difficulties, to propose change and to advice the Dean’s office, representing all students of the entire faculty.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE | Faculty of Architecture & The Built Environment | 2016 – 2017 | Technical University Delft
The Education Committee facilitates the dialogue between professors and their students, and organises events that provide an extension related to architecture, apart from the actual course.
TRAVEL TO TEACH | 2012 | Bali, Indonesia
Volunteering job abroad, during the summer. Teacher in subject ‘ English’ for both middle and high school students.
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