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Linda Vlassenrood is a programme manager and curator whose mission is to facilitate understanding and discussion of complex urban issues in stimulating ways. She organises multi-year and shorter programmes for cultural institutions, municipalities and commercial entities; these may comprise advice, research, publications, workshops, exhibitions, educational projects, lectures and/or discussions.

She worked as a curator and then chief curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) from 2000 to 2011. The NAI was one of the world’s largest public cultural institutions devoted to architecture and urban planning. She curated the Dutch contribution to the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2004.

In 2011, she founded Studio Linda Vlassenrood. Her ambition is to involve a broader group than just insiders in the development of cities. Her approach is therefore interdisciplinary by definition. As a result, she is easily able to bring together different types of designers as well as officials, citizens, researchers and other experts in the Netherlands and elsewhere. At the International New Town Institute (INTI) she worked as a programme manager on a research and exchange program with Shenzhen (2012-2020). For Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) she focused on data and the smart society. The DATAstudio programme was a collaboration between HNI and the municipality of Eindhoven (2015-2017). She was also a core team member of the independent think tank Stad-Forum (2019 to 2024); Stad-Forum provided the municipality of Amsterdam with solicited and unsolicited advice on its urban development.

She is currently leading the two-year Transition-Scapes research project at the Civic Interaction Design professorship at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and is involved as programme leader at the National Renovation Platform (NRP). She is also working on a dissertation with the working title Lost in the Work. The significance of urban planner Jakoba Mulder (1900-1988) at Eindhoven University of Technology. She is also chairwoman of the general board of the TAAK foundation. Due to her work, she is a much sought-after speaker at home and abroad and has numerous publications to her name.