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.

Project Global: Ground
Tutors: FIlip Geerts, Sanne van den Breemer, Ilmar Hurkxkens
The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Delft University of Technology
Project Global — The Berlage

Dynamic Terrain Modeling
February 2021 WORKSHOP
Ilmar Hurkxkens
MA/MLA Landscape Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Robotic Embankment Prototype
Ilmar Hurkxkens, Dominic Jud, Marco Hutter, Christophe Girot
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich
Robotic Systems Lab, Prof. Marco Hutter, ETH Zurich
NCCR Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich

Shifting Sands: Designing Robotic Formation Processes for Dynamic Beach Nourishment
February 2020 MASTERCLASS
Ilmar Hurkxkens with Dave Pigram and James Melsom
School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney

Robotic Landscapes III 
September–December 2019 MASTER LEVEL DESIGN STUDIO
Instructors: Ilmar Hurkxkens (lead), Fujan Fahmi, Benedikt Kowalewski, Jesús Medina
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich
Gramazio Kohler Research, Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich