Ilmar Hurkxkens is head of the Geographic Design cluster at Boskalis and lecturer at the Section Landscape Architecture, Departement of Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology. His work focuses on the form and processes of natural granular materials using advanced surveying, modelling, and fabrication techniques. After graduating in architecture with an honourable mention from Delft University of Technology, he worked at the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich, where he was DesignLab coordinator and member of the Landscape Visualization and Modeling Lab. He received the Young Researcher Award from the Volkswagen Foundation in 2013 and the Digital Culture Work Grant from the Migros Culture Percentage with Ungenau Robotics in 2018. He is co-founder of LANDSKIP, a laboratory centred on the production and deployment of new technologies for landscape transformation. In 2020 he was nominated for the ETH Medal for his dissertation “Robotic Landscapes” at the NCCR Digital Fabrication after which he completed a postdoc at Gramazio Kohler Research. Part of his doctoral research is published in the publication “Robotic Landscapes: Designing the Unfinished” by Park Books in Zurich 2022.

A framework for robotic excavation and dry stone construction using on-site materials
Johns, Ryan Luke, Martin Wermelinger, Ruben Mascaro, Dominic Jud, Ilmar Hurkxkens, Lauren Vasey, Margarita Chli, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, and Marco Hutter 
Science Robotics 8, no. 84

Steidl Lecture
September 2023 ENDOWED LECTURE
John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University

Dynamic Landscapes
May 2023 ARTICLE
Terrain Voque: Pamphlet 27
Professur für Landschaftsarchitektur Christophe Girot, ed. Annemarie Bucher et al.

Scientific Merit Award
May 2023 AWARD
James Melsom, Ilmar Hurkxkens
By the Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture for the article
“Eroding Terrains: Developing Computational Design Tools for Interactive Site Erosion”

Eroding Terrains: Developing Computational Design Tools for Interactive Site Erosion
James Melsom, Ilmar Hurkxkens
In: JoDLA. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture