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"Nowadays, resource-efficient structural design plays a key role in the development of a sustainable built environment for our future"

Research profile

Patrick Teuffel is a Full Professor and Chair of Innovative Structural Design (ISD) at the Faculty of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Patrick’s   vision for the research of ISD focuses on lightweight and adaptive structures, as well as the application of innovative materials, such as smart materials or bio-based materials.

In the context of lightweight and adaptive structures he is using numerical and experimental models to optimize the design and construction processes. In addition, he is conducting research for the development of 'smart skins' using textiles with integrated smart materials, which have variable properties in shape, stiffness, viscosity and transmission.. Based on this research, he is building a connection between structural design to building physics criteria such as light, acoustics and wind.

The research on bio-based materials focuses on innovative composite materials, based on hemp, flax or mycelium, in order to find new application in the built environment, such as the world-wide first pedestrian bio-based bridge, realised in Eindhoven in 2016.

Academic background

Patrick Teuffel studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart from 1991 to 1996 with a focus in Conceptual Structural Design. He began his career at Arup in London, where he was involved with the structural engineering of projects such as the Messehalle 3A in Frankfurt with Grimshaw Architects, Arnhem Central Station with UNStudio, IIT Student Campus in Chicago with OMA or the RAI in Amsterdam with Benthem Crouwel. From 1999-2003 he carried out his PhD, about the application of adaptive systems in architecture and engineering, at the University of Stuttgart.

In 2003 he founded Teuffel Engineering Consultants, an engineering consultancy with focus on building structures and façade as well as temporary and lightweight structures. Patrick has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering at the University of Leeds and as Professor for Architectural Engineering at TU Delft, before he was appointed at TU/e in 2012.

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Projects 2018 2019

Bio based composite materials in Pavilion and Canopy design

Schröder, T. W. A., Klein, C., Klein, C., Gerrits, E., Blok, R., Teuffel, P. M. & Kuit, B. C. I. M.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2009 2020

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
1 Citation (Scopus)
18 Downloads (Pure)

Bio-based composite footbridge: design, production and in situ monitoring

Blok, R., Smits, J., Gkaidatzis, R. & Teuffel, P., 3 Jul 2019, In : Structural Engineering International. 29, 3, p. 453-465 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Natural fibers
Composite materials

Bio-based construction materials for a sustainable future

Blok, R., Kuit, B., Schröder, T. & Teuffel, P., 2019, 20th Congress of IABSE, New York City 2019: The Evolving Metropolis - Report. p. 860-866 7 p.

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

Open Access
Construction industry
Dutch Design Week
Design Week


Innovation Award "Biocomposite of the Year 2017", 3rd prize

Patrick M. Teuffel (Recipient) & R. Blok (Recipient), 6 Dec 2017

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

Hemp fibers

Activities 2012 2018

Ressourcen-effizientes Entwerfen und Konstruieren von Tragwerken

Patrick M. Teuffel (Speaker)
5 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

Brücke aus bio-basiertem Verbundwerkstoff

Patrick M. Teuffel (Speaker)
10 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

Politecnico di Milano (External organisation)

Patrick M. Teuffel (Chair)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

2017 Annual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS 2017), September 25-28, 2017, Hamburg, Germany

Patrick M. Teuffel (Organiser)
25 Sep 201728 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Member of "Innovationsbeirat" (Innovation advisory committee), DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council)

Patrick M. Teuffel (Consultant)
2017 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyProfessional

Press / Media

NWO funding for eight consortia from the Creative Industry - KIEM

Patrick Teuffel & Bin Yu


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Gevel 2018 Rotterdam

Patrick M. Teuffel


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Interview mit Tragwerksexperte Prof. Dr.-Ing. Patrick Teuffel

Patrick M. Teuffel


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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


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


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 tensegrity pedestrian bridge

Author: Schmeitz, M., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: Teuffel, P. (Supervisor 1), Vastert, E. (Supervisor 2) & Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master