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.

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

Far from Firm: Soil Driven Design and Construction
March 2023 LECTURE
Master of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building , University of Sydney UTS

Terrain Moves: Dynamic Design and Robotic Construction in Landscape Architecture
February 2023 LECTURE
ESALA Landscape Seminar Series, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), The University of Edinburgh
Landscape Seminar Series: Ilmar Hurkxkens | Edinburgh College of Art

Ground-Bound: Dike Topotypes from the Netherlands
September 2022 LECTURE
The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Delft University of Technology

Designing the Unfinished: Integrating Landscape Models of Information, Design, and Fabrication
February 2022 PUBLIC LECTURE
Symposium “Instruments of Change“
Weizman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
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