Studio Ilmar Hurkxkens

The work of Ilmar Hurkxkens is verging between landscape architecture, land surveying and land art. His research focuses on revealing material of design in the landscape with field instruments. He studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology, graduating in 2009 with honorable mention for the design of a linear city and sea dike that combines architecture with flood control. Since 2010 he is teaching at the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Christophe Girot at the ETH Zurich where he is coordinator of the DesignLab and is also active in the Landscape Visualization and Modeling Lab. He received the Young Researcher Award at the international conference Thinking the Contemporary Landscape in Herrenhausen, Germany in 2013. In 2015 he founded his own firm Studio Ilmar Hurkxkens which is currently working on landscape architectural projects in Switzerland, Netherlands and Greece. Part of his collaborative work is published at, a laboratory centered on the production and deployment of new technologies to create innovative instruments for landscape transformation. Currently, he is based in Zurich, Switzerland where he is working on his doctoral thesis at the Chair of Landscape Architecture at the ETH Zurich that investigates the potential of mobile robotic construction following topological methods in landscape architecture. In February 2017 he joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication as a PhD researcher.