MSc. Kolks, L.A.G.

Laurens Kolks is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Through his research he investigates how design enacts the articulation of public issues. He examines how various design approaches contribute to public engagement with collective concerns.

Academic Background

Laurens Kolks obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (1999), and a master's degree in Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2018, cum laude). Kolks' design work focusses on spatial projects in public spaces, his research and writing address subjects at the intersection of sociology and design.

After gaining work experience as an intern at Diller Scofidio + Renfro architects he has been developing a wide variety of design projects – both self-initiated and commissioned – for clients such as municipalities, cultural institutions and governmental organizations. His work focusses on spatial designs that explore possibilities for reshaping public spaces, primarily consisting of site-specific designs and installations.

Since 2008 he is a tutor at St. Joost School of Art & Design and has worked as a guest lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, MA+U Tilburg, Willem de Kooning Academy and SUPSI, Lugano. He was a researcher at the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology - Avans University of Applied Sciences and currently is a PhD researcher at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Advanced Concept Design (master course)
  • Culture & Society (bachelor elective course)
  • Graduation projects (final master project)
  • Understanding Design (bachelor course)