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.

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”

Scientific Excellence Award
May 2021 AWARD
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