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The author of this website, Dr Martijn
Veltkamp (1977), is structural engineer interested in stretching the
boundaries of structural and technical possibilities. He did so in his PhD
research Free Form Structural Design (2007, read the summary), and he
continues doing so in his current position at the structural engineering
consultancy Adams Kara Taylor.
Dr Martijn Veltkamp holds a master degree in Civil
Engineering, obtained in 2001 at Delft University of Technology. As part
of his degree he spent an extended period at the Ecole Nationale des
Ponts et Chauss?es in Paris. His MSc degree was awarded with the
qualification cum laude (with credit).
research Free Form Structural Design was conducted within the chair of
Product Development at the faculty of Architecture, Delft University of
Technology. It dealt with the structural design of irregularly shaped,
Free Form building designs. Since these structures cannot be composed out
of conventional members, the research proposed alternative methods of
construction, in which digital design methods are linked to detailing,
structural analysis and computer controlled fabrication by using
parametric modelling. The research project was supervised by professor
Mick Eekhout and Dr Karel Vollers. The thesis was succesfully defended in
September 2007 and was awarded with the qualification cum laude.
At the faculty of Architecture, Martijn Veltkamp has been a
consultant for graduate students, taught in master courses, and
co-initiated the sub-Working Group Free Form Design, part of the
International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS).
In parallel to his doctoral research Veltkamp worked as structural
engineer at Octatube Space
Structures, a 'design + build' company in the field of structural
glazing and complex spatial structures.
Martijn Veltkamp is
currently working as a structural analyst at Adams Kara Taylor, London
(UK), on projects featuring irregular shapes designed by Zaha Hadid
Architects, Thomas Heatherwick Studio and others.
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