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“Within a society there is no such thing as ‘just a technical problem’.”

Research profile

Rijk Blok is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the chair of ISD: Innovative Structural Design. His key areas of expertise include structural design and analysis, service life and sustainability of (circular) building and bridge structures, bio-based structures, construction engineering and project management.

As a Structural Designer and Researcher, Rijk is not only interested in solving challenging structural problems but also realizing these innovative (structural) solutions within the context of (a sustainable) society. He is currently working on design and research in the following areas:

- Bio-Composite materials and bridge structures  

- Circular Building  

- Estimated Service Life in relation to the Reuse Potential (circularity) of building structures 
- Wind Impact on High Rise Building structures, with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)  

- Seismic Base Isolation for existing houses in Groningen, Netherlands   

- Innovative connections for (space) frame bamboo structures
- Ice bridge and Ice tower, student projects 2016, Finland and 2017/2018 Harbin, China

He is member of  

- ECCS member TC14: sustainable steel structures

- European Cost action TU 1304: Winercost, Wind energy and smart cities (MC member)

- Het Groen Brein: a Dutch scientific cross-disciplinary cooperation of scientists for a sustainable future https://hetgroenebrein.nl/

- European Cost action C12 Sustainability of Constructions (Chairman WG1)

Academic background

Rijk Blok obtained his degree in Architectural and Structural design from TU/e in1986. From 1986 to 1988 he worked at a steel construction company in Brabant, the Netherlands, and from 1988 to 1990 he worked for an architectural firm in London, U.K.

In addition to his position at TU/e, Rijk is an independent consultant at his own firm, W5A Structures. Examples of previous projects in which he was the responsible structural designer:
- “Happy Street”: Dutch Pavilion 2010 Shanghai World Expo   

- “Better Shelter”: Refugee housing unit (Ikea/ UNHCR): Lightweight steel structure  

- Steel bridge over Piushaven, Tilburg Netherlands (with Witteveen en Bos)
- Biesbosch museum, Werkendam, Netherlands   

- Bamboo and earth-bag structure for school project in Nepal (Help for a Home)  
- European Cost action C12 Sustainability of Constructions (Chairman WG1)


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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
33 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
Composite materials


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 2004 2017

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Journal)

Rijk Blok (Peer reviewer)
1 Jan 20171 Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific


Rijk Blok (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyProfessional

WINERCOST Strategic Workshop Trends and Challenges for Wind Energy Harvesting, March 30-31, 2015, Coimbra, Portugal (Event)

Rijk Blok (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

eccs European Steel organisation (External organisation)

Rijk Blok (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Lid Management Team COST C25: Sustainability of constructions, Tweede bijeenkomst Management Committee en eerste werkgroepvergadering, Eindhoven

Rijk Blok (Organiser)
13 Dec 2006

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Press / Media

Hemp used for world’s first ‘bio-based’ bridge

Rijk Blok


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Dutch bridge constructed using hemp as building material

Rijk Blok


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Sci & Tech: Hemp hits new high as building material on Dutch bridge

Rijk Blok


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Hemp hits new high as building material on Dutch bridge

Rijk Blok


15 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Dutch "biobridge" made from hemp and flax fibres

Rijk Blok & Patrick Teuffel


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A2-kantoortoren te Maastricht : stadspoort van Maastricht

Author: Sips, R., 30 Apr 2003

Supervisor: Kleinman, C. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, P. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Aanpasbaarheid van de draagconstructie: onderzoek naar de haalbaarheid en ontwerp van verplaatsbare kolommen in een draagconstructie

Author: Trines, W., 30 Nov 2014

Supervisor: Gijsbers, R. (Supervisor 1), Lichtenberg, J. (Supervisor 2), Dominicus, M. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Amsterdam - IJ-as Olympische Spelen 2028: Olympisch Tenniscomplex Amsterdam

Author: Moors, A., 31 Oct 2009

Supervisor: van Zuuk, R. (Supervisor 1), Brodruck, R. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Baden in (de) technische ruimte: een ontmoeting tussen techneuten rond de techniek van zwembaden

Author: van Houtum, M., 30 Apr 2012

Supervisor: Dekkers, J. (Supervisor 1), Moonen, S. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Badpaviljoen Sonsbeek: alles stroomt

Author: van Donselaar, J., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: Dekkers, J. (Supervisor 1), Moonen, S. (Supervisor 2) & Blok, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master