The work of Ilmar Hurkxkens 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 research is published in the publication “Robotic Landscapes: Designing the Unfinished” by Park Books in Zurich 2022. Currently he holds a lecturer position at the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture ETH Zurich, is guest lecturer at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design and is head of the cluster Geographic Design at Boskalis.

Dynamic Design and Production for Dynamic Environments
January 2022 LECTURE
Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich
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ROBOTIC LANDSCAPES—Examples from the Design Research Studios
November 2021 LECTURE
With Jésus Medina from Gramazio Kohler Research, given at Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA

Dynamic Landscape Topologies
September 2021 LECTURE
Seminar Course Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Robotic Topologies
March 2021 LECTURE
Department of Archticture, Aalto University

Dynamic Design for Dynamic Environments
February 2021 LECTURE
Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich