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20022020

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Research profile

Arno Pronk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 

His research focuses on creating and designing curved surfaces using (inflatable) moulds. He examines how what can be done with polyester, can also be done with ice or sprayed concrete. His research project include the Trefoil Self-sufficient Office-boat, realized using Pornk’s Blowing Structure Method, an innovation-demonstration building for the marina in IJburg, The Netherlands, in co-operation with BAM Concrete Technics and Tentech. Elements from the research project ‘making freeform architecture with membranes' have been used for the entrance of an underground bicycle cellar in the city centre of Eindhoven, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas. 

Academic background

Arno Pronk graduated as an architect at Delft University of Technology, Delft. During his employment at the offices of Dirrix van Wylick and Marlies Rohmer he has worked mainly in housing, including the design for one- and multifamily dwellings in Vijfhuizen by Architectural Office Marlies Rohmer. 

As an independent architect, he realized several buildings characterized by an innovative use of materials and systems. The garage in Delft contains four hyper shells of 8 by 8 meters made of profiled steel. In an office for BuroA + in Kelpen several new materials and techniques, including the first application of the infra + floor developed in collaboration with Jos Lichtenberg, have been applied. (patent 1996). The Blob pavilion by Jurgen Bey is the first building created with the so-called Blowing Structure Method. (patent 2006). He is also  Chief editor of NBD-bouwdetails, Lector Material science at St Lucas Brussels/Ghent and Vice president of the International Society of Fabric Forming.

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Research Output

Material tests and execution methods of linear composite pykrete structural elements

Pronk, A. D. C., de Boer, M. B. G., van de Hoef, J. M., Otterspoor, P. M. L. M., Pieloor, L. M. J. & Vens, O. D., 15 Aug 2020. 9 p.

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Structural design and validation of a pykrete tower through form finding

Pronk, A. D. C., de Boer, M. B. G., van de Hoef, J. M., Otterspoor, P. M. L. M., Pieloor, L. M. J. & Vens, O. D., 15 Aug 2020. 6 p.

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Structural modelling, construction and test of the first 3d-printed gridshell in ice composite

Pronk, A. D. C., Mergny, E. & Li, Q., 15 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. 10 p.

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The property of fiber reinforced ice under uniaxial compression

Wu, Y., Lou, X., Liu, X. & Pronk, A., 1 Apr 2020, In : Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions. 53, 2, 15 p., 29.

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  • 3D printed grid shell in ice composite

    Pronk, A. D. C., Bouw, I., Ezendam, T., van Hierden, N., Vleeshouwers, J. & van de Weijden, D., 6 Oct 2019, Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019 Form and Force. Lázaro, C., Bletzinger, K-U. & Oñate, E. (eds.). International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) , 8 p.

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    Prizes

    4TU Lighthouse project, Terra Ink

    Arno Pronk (Recipient), Michela Turrin (Recipient) & Tomasso Venturini (Recipient), 5 Jan 2017

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

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  • First price Harbin international ice competition

    Arno D.C. Pronk (Recipient), 21 Dec 2019

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

    Ontwerpwedstrijd duurzaam drijvend wonen, april 2010

    Arno Pronk (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    WA Chinese Architecture Awards 2018

    Arno D.C. Pronk (Recipient), 6 Jun 2018

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    World Record Highest self-supporting ice shell

    Arno Pronk (Recipient), 10 Jan 2018

    Prize: OtherProfessional

  • Activities

    • 5 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 1 Membership of board

    barcelona pavilion expo

    Arno D.C. Pronk (Organiser), John Orr (Organiser)
    6 Oct 201911 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    workshop advanced manufacturing

    Arno Pronk (Organiser), John Orr (Organiser)
    16 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    construction of innovative structural ice pavilions

    Arno Pronk (Participant), Peng Luo (Organiser)
    13 Dec 201722 Dec 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    workshop inflatable

    Arno Pronk (Organiser), Peng Luo (Participant)
    23 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    IASS Workgroup 21 on Advanced Manufacturing & Materials (External organisation)

    Arno Pronk (Chair), John Orr (Chair), Yiling Zhou (Member)
    25 Sep 20179 Sep 2022

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

    Student theses

    3Dflexmould: development of a self-supporting double curved glass dome

    Author: El Ghazi, H. & Schuijers, N., 31 Aug 2015

    Supervisor: Teuffel, P. (Supervisor 1), Pronk, A. (Supervisor 2) & Hermans, J. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    3D printed façade panel

    Author: Voorend, C., 29 Feb 2016

    Supervisor: Lichtenberg, J. (Supervisor 1), Pronk, A. (Supervisor 2) & Krug, A. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A lightweight floor-system: a solution for a lightweight floor-system which supports recess-and service flexibility

    Author: Hummel, R., 30 Jun 2014

    Supervisor: Lichtenberg, J. (Supervisor 1), Pronk, A. (Supervisor 2) & Veer, F. A. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Another Holiday Inn Barcelona?: een onderzoek naar het gebruik van de computer in het ontwerpproces

    Author: Wilkens, F., 30 Apr 2006

    Supervisor: Post, J. (Supervisor 1), Pronk, A. (Supervisor 2), Swagten, J. (Supervisor 2) & Bittermann, M. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Appropriate architecture for southern Sudan: design and construction method for the Solid House Foundation

    Author: Doreleijers, W., 31 Aug 2008

    Supervisor: Erkelens, P. (Supervisor 1), Pronk, A. (Supervisor 2) & Stroecken, W. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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