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Arjan Habraken is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is specialized in lightweight structures. His professional focus is on design work and cooperation with architects, resulting in extensive structural and architectural integration. This to raise the level of structural form-finding to support the aesthetics and the function of the project. Arjan’s position as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Built Environment at the Technical University in Eindhoven supports this vision and strengthens the relationship between practice, new developments and research.
His research concerns “Resource-efficient Structural Design”. Three research direction are related to this:
- Giving structures a long lifespan
- Working with biological materials
- Creating material efficient design
Within material efficient design 4 topics are studied:
- Section optimization
- Form optimization
- Topology optimization
- Adaptive optimization

Academic background

Arjan Habraken studied civil engineering at the Delft University of Technology and graduated at the Department of Mechanics & Constructions in 1996 with an honorable mention from the Dutch Concrete Association. At the Eindhoven University of Technology he also completed a second Master's degree in lightweight structures. He has also been an Assistant-teacher in London at the Architectural Association.
In addition to his position at TU/e, Arjan launched in 2012 his company SIDstudio to work as a structural designer in close collaboration with architects. In 2017 he was one of the founders of MDLX, a company in which a sustainable modular building system is developed.

During his career, Arjan has worked on many high-level, international projects. He is an experienced project manager and design leader, in concrete and steel structures, as well as in glass, cable and membrane structures. He has previously held positions with Arup Amsterdam, Octatube Space Structures and Goudstikker de Vries B.V. Arjan publishes and presents regulalrly at international conferences on architecture and materials.

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Research Output 2007 2020

  • 4 Citations
  • 13 Conference contribution
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Article
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Design and characterization of variable stiffness structural joints

Wang, Q., Senatore, G., Jansen, K., Habraken, A. & Teuffel, P., Feb 2020, In : Materials and Design. 187, 17 p., 108353.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Shape memory effect
Dynamic response

BioMat pavilion 2018: development, fabrication and erection of a double curved segmented shell from biocomposite elements

Dahy, H., Peters, J., Bos, D. H., Baszynski, P., Habraken, A. P. H. W. & Teuffel, P., 2019, Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019: Form and Force. p. 2862-2871 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Bearings (structural)
Composite materials

Characterization of variable stiffness joints for adaptive structures

Wang, Q., Teuffel, P., Habraken, A. P. H. W., Jansen, K. & Senatore, G., 22 Aug 2019, p. 1046-1050. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Dynamic response
Shape memory effect
Transient analysis
5 Downloads (Pure)

Integration of form-finding, analysis process and production of a bending-active textile hybrid into one model

Vorstermans, R. L. G., van Wijk, J., Teuffel, P., Habraken, A. P. H. W. & Houtman, R., 2019, Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium 2019: Softening the habits. p. 123-134 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
membrane structures

A vibration control strategy using variable stiffness joints

Wang, Q., Senatore, G., Kaymenaki, V., Habraken, A. P. H. W. & Teuffel, P. M., 2018, Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018: Creativity in Structural Design. 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Vibration control
Natural frequencies
Linear actuators
Force control

Student theses

3D adaptable building skin: mechanisme onderzoek corpus vivera architectura

Author: Suma, A., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: van Herwijnen, F. (Supervisor 1), Westra, J. (Supervisor 2), Bakker, M. (Supervisor 2), Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2) & Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Active adaptive concrete structures

Author: Deetman, A., 31 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Salet, T. (Supervisor 1), Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2) & Wolfs, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Adaptive structures: dynamic active adaptability to minimise material use

Author: Sleddens, W., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Teuffel, P. (Supervisor 1), Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2) & Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Adaptive structures

Author: Slotboom, M., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: Teuffel, P. (Supervisor 1), Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2) & Robbemont, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master