Prof. Middelkoop, C. van


Catelijne van Middelkoop is co-founder and partner of Strange Attractors Design (2001), an international studio located in Rotterdam and New York, which uses new and traditional media to create innovative and strategic solutions to influence culture and commerce. Besides running a professional design practice, Van Middelkoop has been heading the department of Man and Communication at Design Academy Eindhoven since 2013 and is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar.

Van Middelkoop has an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a degree in Graphic & Typographic Design from The Royal Academy of Art/KABK, studied Art History and Archeology at The University of Amsterdam and was on the national board of directors of the BNO (Association of Dutch Designers) from 2006 to 2012. 


  • 2000-2002
    2D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • 1996-2000
    Graphic & Typographic Design, Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
  • 1994-1996
    Art History & Archeology, University of Amsterdam 


  • 2001-present
    Strange Attractors Design
  • 2014-present
    PhD candidate
    Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2013-present
    Head a.i.
    Man and Communication, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • 2010-2014
    External Specialist
    Research Department of Art, Theory and Artistic Practice, KABK
  • 2009-2015
    Man and Communication, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • 2007-2015
    Man and Communication/Lab/Propaedeutic Year, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • 2007-2013
    Lecturer Graphic Design/Interactive Design
    Graphic Design Department, KABK
  • 2006-2012
    Board Member
    Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)

Specialisation / field of research

  • (Visual) Communication Design, Design Education