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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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Research Output

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
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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
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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
  • 44 Downloads (Pure)

    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

    1 Downloads (Pure)

    A memory palace

    Bekkering, J., 31 Jan 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionProfessional


    3TU Lighthouse grant: Public Building for Refugees

    J.D. Bekkering (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

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

    J.D. Bekkering (Recipient) & M. (Monica) Adams (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Eerste prijs Achterhoekse Architectuurprijs, Brandweerkazerne Doetinchem

    Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Tweede prijs Amstelveense Architectuurprijs, voor hoofdkantoor Esprit

    Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

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

    J.D. Bekkering (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


    Archi-Vino 3 Lecture at Institute of Japanese Architects, Tokyo

    Juliette D. Bekkering (Keynote speaker)
    26 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional


    Kobe Design University

    Juliette D. Bekkering (Visiting researcher)
    19 Dec 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Kobe Design University (External organisation)

    Juliette D. Bekkering (Member)
    19 Dec 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of juryScientific

    Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (External organisation)

    Juliette D. Bekkering (Member)
    Sep 2019Sep 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Concrete Design Competition 2019-2020 (Event)

    Juliette D. Bekkering (Chair)
    Sep 2019Jun 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of juryProfessional


    Architectural engineering

    1/09/15 → …


    Architecture and technology

    1/09/13 → …


    Constructing architecture

    1/09/15 → …


    Masterproject 2 architecture

    1/09/15 → …


    Press / Media

    3D concrete printing: Fire wall

    Juliette D. Bekkering


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Student theses

    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 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 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