The work of Ilmar Hurkxkens focuses on the form and processes of natural granular materials using advanced landscape 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, the Digital Culture Work Grant from the Migros Culture Percentage with Ungenau Robotics in 2018 and in 2020 he was nominated for the ETH Medal for his dissertation “Robotic Landscapes” at the NCCR Digital Fabrication. He is co-founder of LANDSKIP, a laboratory centred on the production and deployment of new technologies for landscape transformation. His own firm Studio Ilmar Hurkxkens works on landscape architectural projects in Switzerland, Netherlands and Greece. As co-editor of Pamphlet 19, he assessed the importance of field instruments for landscape design. Currently, he holds a postdoc position at Gramazio Kohler Research, is lecturer in the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture ETH Zurich and co-editor of the upcoming publication “Robotic Landscapes: Designing the Unfinished” by Park Books in Zurich.

Scientific Excellence Award
May 2021 
Ilmar Hurkxkens, Dave Pigram, and James Melsom
By the Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture for the article
“Shifting Sands: Experimental Robotic Earth-Moving Strategies in Dynamic Coastal Environments”

ETH Medal Nomination
September 2020 
Nominated for the Silver Medal of the ETH Zurich for outstanding doctoral theses
“Robotic Landscapes: Topological Approaches to Terrain, Design, and Fabrication”

Digital Culture Work Grant
Oktober 2018
Fabian Bircher and Ilmar Hurkxkens
Migros-Kulturprozent for the promotion of digital media art

Young Researcher Award
June 2013
International Conference “Thinking the Contemporary Landscape”
Volkswagen Foundation & ETH Zurich, Herrenhausen, Germany

Winning entry for Standpunkte Magazin 3
Publication: “DAM: Architectural considerations on the modification of territory”.
Verlag Standpunkte, Basel (forthcoming).