Thomas Pausz

Program Director 2021
Assistant Professor in Design 

Thomas Pausz is a critical designer based in Reykjavik.
Thomas holds a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Arts in London and a BA in Philosophy from Paris X University. In his  practice he creates multimedia scenarios for alternative ecologies. His research focuses on alternative material cultures, food systems and the impact of technology and media on ecosystems and interspecies relations. To support this research, Thomas is actively engaged in collaborations with scientists in the fields of Biology (NCBS India), Marine Ecology (IUEM France), Forestry and Agronomy in Iceland (LBHI), and leads workshops at the crossroad of Design and Life Sciences internationally. Thomas is a founding member and Assistant Professor at the MA Design Explorations & Translations program at the Iceland University of the Arts. In 2017 he co-founded the Northern Bumbling Network for the study of pollinators in the Nordic Countries and led the Korpa Project for collaboration between Agronomy and Design in Iceland. In 2012-13 Pausz was a Fellow at the Akademie Schloß Solitude, and in 2016 he was a resident Artist at the Delfina Foundation in the Politics of Food program.

Garðar Eyjólfsson

Associate Professor

Garðar holds a B.A (Honours) degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a M.A (Cum Laude) Contextual Studies from Design Academy Eindhoven. He mixes contextual, critical and narrative research in his work as a means to explore & translate zeitgeist topics. Utilizing a variety of mediums to manifest his voice; artefacts, scenography, fiction, speculation, video, performance, music, talking and writing.

Balancing academia with studio practices his work ranges from developing his own projects, curating exhibitions, advising in the public and private sector, project managing and conducting workshops. Garðar also writes in various publications and gives public talks across platforms, often in the form of performative lectures and dialog in conferences, symposium and radio.

Kolbrún Þóra Löve

Visual Communication, .gif master

Kolbrún holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design in New York and a Masters Degree in Design from the Dirty Art Department at Sandberg Instituut / Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She teaches visual communication with emphasis on the intersections of media, image and theory. She works primarily within the realm of ecology and image, and has been one of the directors of Iceland-based arts and design journal Neptún Magazine since 2014.

Sam Rees

Tech wizard

Sam Rees is a generalist with a passion for DIY culture, manifesting itself through printed matter, installation, workshops and project management. He studied interactive arts, has been teaching interactive media courses at the IUA since 2014, was a co-founder of the Fjúk residency and is one of the organisers of the Reykjavik Zine and Print Fair. In recent years, his focus has been on the development of interactive dioramas - sequential narrative installations, eclectic assemblage exploring technological waste and our perception of robotics. Last year he participated in residencies at Signal Culture in upstate New York and a rural fab lab in Portugal.

Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir

Artist / Photographer

Hallgerður holds a BA in fine art photography from Glasgow School of Art and an MFA degree from Valand Academy in Gothenburg. She teaches, writes and makes visual art, with photography as her medium of choice. Sometimes it is a way of collecting moods, weather and expressions, at other times photography becomes both medium and subject, simultaneously questioned and celebrated. Currently Hallgerður is curious about how we read and think about photographs, visual perception and the translation between the three dimensional world into the flatness of photographs, and back again.

Hallgerður’s work has been exhibited in various places, such as The Photographer's Gallery in London, Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, National Gallery of the Faroe Islands, Akureyri Art Museum, Reykjavik Museum of Photography and Reykjavik Art Museum.

Helga Lára Halldórsdóttir

Fashion Designer

Helga Lára Halldórsdóttir holds a BA degree in fashion design from the Iceland University of the Arts, which she completed in 2015. After working in the fashion industry in London she went on to complete an MFA specialising in fashion design at The Swedish School of Textiles in 2018.

Currently Helga is working on her own research within the field, as well as multi-disciplinary collaborations with various designers and artists. She focuses mainly on practice based research within the field of body, space and garment with a fascination for human nature and awkwardness.

Since 2019 Helga has been a guest lecturer at the Iceland University of the Arts and The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts.

Tinna Ottesen

Spatial Storytelling

Tinna Ottesen is a spatial storyteller that works with the narrative elements of space within the fields of art, design, theatre, dance, performance and film. She carries a post master from A.pass in advanced scenography, studied production design in the Danish Filmschool and Visual Communication in the Danish Designschool.

Elín Hansdóttir


Elín Hansdóttir is an Icelandic artist based in Reykjavík & Berlin. Her site-specific installations focus on the viewer's experience of built landscapes through the manipulation of architectural forms, auditory elements, and optical play.

Eva María Árnadóttir

Fashion Designer

Eva María Árnadóttir holds a BA degree in Fashion Design from the Iceland University of the Arts and a MSc degree in Business Management from Stockholm School of Economics. Eva María has taught at IUA intermittently since 2011 and is currently Adjunct Lecturer in Fashion Design. She also holds a half position as Project Manager for the Department. In her research, Eva María has focused on decreasing the environmental impact of the fashion industry and improved working conditions in garment factories. In addition to her work for the IUA, Eva María has worked in the fashion industry both here in Iceland and abroad, for outdoor clothing labels, high fashion houses and slow fashion labels.

Alexander Graham Roberts

Program Director MFA in Performance Arts (IUA)

Over the last decade Alexander Roberts has emerged as a leading figure in the field of the contemporary performing arts scene in Iceland and internationally – working across dance, theatre and visual arts both in Iceland and abroad. Through his curatorial practice, his work as a dramaturg and artist, his teaching in the Iceland University of the Arts, and his arts management work – he has played a central role in advocating for, and catalyzing, a huge surge in the development, as well as the popularisation, of contemporary performing arts practices in Iceland. Alexander is current co-Director of Reykjavík Dance Festival, Teenager’s in Reykjavík Art Platform, Spectacular International Performance Festival and the MFA Performing Arts programme at Iceland University of the Arts.

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