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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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Ice Engineering & Materials Science
insulation Physics & Astronomy
Facades Engineering & Materials Science
Membranes Engineering & Materials Science
membranes Physics & Astronomy
Heat storage Engineering & Materials Science
Water Engineering & Materials Science
Spraying Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2002 2019

Design, construction and monitoring of an ice composite shell structure

Wu, Y., Liu, X., Chen, B., Li, Q., Luo, P. & Pronk, A., 1 Oct 2019, In : Automation in Construction. 106, 13 p., 102862

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shells (structures)
Ice
Monitoring
Composite materials
Masonry construction

Editorial special issue: advanced manufacturing and materials for inovative structural design

Orr, J., Pronk, A. & Ibell, T., 1 Apr 2019, In : Structures. 18, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Structural design

Fluid architecture and flexible moulding

Pronk, A. D. C., 27 Feb 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 600 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

The 2017–18 design and construction of ice composite structures in Harbin

Pronk, A., Mistur, M., Li, Q., Liu, X., Blok, R., Liu, R., Wu, Y., Luo, P. & Dong, Y., 1 Apr 2019, In : Structures. 18, p. 117-127 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Composite structures
Ice
Composite materials
Towers
Fibers

Resource-efficient structural design

Blok, R., Habraken, A. P. H. W., Pronk, A. D. C. & Teuffel, P. M., 2018, Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018: Creativity in Structural Design. Mueller, C. & Adriaenssens, S. (eds.). p. 1-10

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

Open Access
File
Construction industry
Structural design
Natural resources
Raw materials
Energy utilization

Prizes

4TU Lighthouse project, Terra Ink

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

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

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inks

Ontwerpwedstrijd duurzaam drijvend wonen, april 2010

Arno Pronk (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

World Record Highest self-supporting ice shell

Arno Pronk (Recipient), 10 Jan 2018

Recognition: OtherProfessional

shell
ice
world
fibre

Activities 2017 2018

  • 4 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
  • 1 Membership of board

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

Workinggroup 21, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (External organisation)

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

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

summer school in ice structures

Arno Pronk (Contributor), Peng Luo (Organiser)
28 Jun 201711 Jul 2017

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

Press / Media

harbin ice tower

Arno Pronk

25/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Ice bridge collapsed, Aalto logo remains

Arno Pronk

9/02/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Students heading for Finland to build largest ice bridge ever

Arno Pronk

22/12/15

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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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