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“The academic environment should be an inspiring place to learn, research and explore innovative architectural concepts and scenarios in a broad cultural context. Architecture should act as a catalyst for a vibrant future-oriented built environment and public domain.” 

Research profile

Juliette Bekkering is a Full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Leading the Chair of Architectural Design and Engineering at the faculty, she focuses on the relationship between architectural design and the development and delivery of tangible projects. Starting from the Vitruvian principles for good architecture Firmitas (Durability) Utilitas (Utility) and Venustas (Beauty), her work is geared towards developing forward-looking architectural scenarios to accommodate societal changes, across areas that range from healthcare to technology innovation and climate change. How does a building present itself? How can architecture anticipate new requirements and scenarios? How are changing requirements realized in finalized structures? These questions are tackled interaction between fundamental spatial research questions and architectural design.  

Key research areas include innovative materialization and sustainable concepts, shifting typologies, new building technologies and exploring materiality as a concept within architectural design practices. Ongoing research includes: sustainability in architectural design, 3D concrete printing (in collaboration with the chair Structural Design TU/e), smart concepts for architecture in psychiatric healthcare and public buildings for refugees. 

Academic background

Juliette Bekkering became a professor at TU/e in 2013. She also runs an architecture office and her work is characterized by iconic sculptural public buildings with strong spatial interiors that work as a catalyst for new public activities. Within these buildings, scenarios are developed to accommodate new uses aiming at future activities and public life. She is dedicated to strong architectural form, smart programmatical and spatial organization and technical innovation to shape the future of the built environment.

Juliette graduated as an architect from Delft University of Technology in 1989. In 1993, she completed a postgraduate study in Urban Design at the University of Barcelona, Spain (ETSAB). After working with a variety of architectural firms, including Rem Koolhaas’ OMA (Office For Metropolitan Architecture) and Neutelings Riedijk, she founded her own firm in 1997, currently called Bekkering Adams Architects, which she heads together with Monica Adams. Previously, Juliette Bekkering was visiting professor of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Affiliated with

  • TU Delft: faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment: chair Public Building
  • TU Delft: faculty of Architecture and the Built the Built Environment: chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito: faculty of Architecture, exclusive collaboration on the Galapagos Islands
  • Technical University Prague CVUT, Department of Architecture and Urbanism.
  • University of Lisboa, Faculty of Architecture. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • TOBB University, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul, Turkey.

Education/Academic qualification

Urban studies, Master, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya


Art and architecture, Master, Delft University of Technology


Technische Universität Berlin


Art and architecture, Bachelor, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design


A-level, RQF level 3, Scuola Europea Varese

… → 1981

External positions

Member of the Supervisory Board, Het Nieuwe Instituut

2017 → …

architect director, Bekkering Adams Architecten


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playground Social Sciences
refugee Earth & Environmental Sciences
atlas Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sports Social Sciences
boarding school Social Sciences
typology Earth & Environmental Sciences
architect Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences

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Projects 2017 2022

Toolbox of architectural design principles for healing environments according to the Planetree model

Bekkering, J., Klein, C., Klein, C., Sartorius - ter Haar, M. & Karimian Kakolaki, S.


Project: Research direct

Sustainable, architectural, future scenarios for GGzE De Grote Beek

Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Bekkering, J., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Dimitrova, K.


Project: Research directResearch


MateriArt "Art and Science of Materiality in Architectural Design Education"

Curulli, I., Bekkering, J., Klein, C., Klein, C. & van der Avoird, M.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1990 2019

Architecture, a user's manual : about sculpturality, scenography and materiality

Bekkering, J. D., 2014, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 40 p.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechAcademic

Open Access

Natuurbehoud of projectontwikkeling?

Bekkering, J. D., Sep 2017, In : De Architect. 48, september, p. 163-164 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Public building for refugees: a catalogue

Bekkering, J. D. (ed.) & Dimitrova, K. (ed.), 1 Dec 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 203 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademic

Open Access
public building

Periphery of the heart

Bekkering, J. D., 1994, In : Architectural Design. 64, p. 36-39 4 p., 3/4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

A memory palace

Bekkering, J., 31 Jan 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionProfessional


3TU Lighthouse grant: Public Building for Refugees

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


1st Prize Competition Elementary School Evere, Belgium (selected for realization) with De Bouwerij.

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient) & M. (Monica) Adams (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Eerste prijs Achterhoekse Architectuurprijs, Brandweerkazerne Doetinchem

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Tweede prijs Amstelveense Architectuurprijs, voor hoofdkantoor Esprit

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

3rd prize, Jury award AIA Architectuur Prijs 2015, Schuurman Group Alkmaar

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 1989 2019

Concrete Design Competition 2019-2020 (Event)

Juliette D. Bekkering (Chair)
Sep 2019Jun 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of juryProfessional

"Materiality as a Process"

Juliette D. Bekkering (Speaker)
11 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Workshop The Deck/Locus.Lisbon 2019 , MateriArt, Erasmus+ project

Juliette D. Bekkering (Contributor), Manuel Couceiro Da Costa (Organiser), Nur Caglar (Organiser)
4 Apr 201910 Apr 2019

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

Innovation and idealism in nowadays Architecture

Juliette D. Bekkering (Speaker)
19 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional


Smartness? Between discourse and practice

Juliette D. Bekkering (Chair)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific


Architectural engineering

1/09/15 → …


Architecture and technology

1/09/13 → …


Constructing architecture

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

3D concrete printing: Fire wall

Juliette Bekkering


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Student theses

A contemporary cultural forum: adjoining the riverbank and flow of people

Author: Alferink, J., 29 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Hemel, M. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, J. (Supervisor 2) & Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A contemporary cultural forum

Author: Bollen, J., 31 May 2016

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), Hemel, M. (Supervisor 2) & van Hoof, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A cut in the countryside: displaying art & landscape

Author: Heersink, J., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), Willems, M. (Supervisor 2), Walraven, A. (Supervisor 2) & Hermans, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A cyclist's perception

Author: Smits, L., 31 Dec 2014

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2), Mens, E. (Supervisor 2) & Schevers, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Adaptable education center of the future: programming education and housing in an adaptable building for Siemens through architecture

Author: Kuilman, R., 20 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, J. (Supervisor 2) & Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master