• De Groene Loper 6, Vertigo, VRT 9.D18

    5600MB Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513

    5600MB Eindhoven


  • Eindhoven


  • 66 Citations

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Personal profile

Academic background

Sjonnie Boonstra obtained his MSc degree in Structural Design in April 2016 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since May 2016 he is Doctoral Candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of the Built Environment, in the group of Applied Mechanics and Design. He published two journal articles and six conference papers and received the EG-ICE 2016 best paper award. He supervises several MSc students, he has been an assessor for the TU/e Honors Academy, and he has been a reviewer for an international conference. Finally, he is a member of the graduate school Engineering Mechanics.

Research profile

Sjonnie Boonstra is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He focuses on the optimisation of building spatial designs by researching methods that can efficiently optimise building designs for multi-disciplinary objectives (structural- and thermal design). For his research he is interested in Structural Design Optimisation, Applied Mechanics and Computer Aided Design. The project that Sjonnie Boonstra works on is titled “Excellent Buildings via Forefront MDO, Lowest Energy Use, Optimal Spatial and Structural Performance”. His research is funded by NWO-TTW (project number 13596) and is conducted in close cooperation with Associate Professor Hèrm Hofmeyer of Eindhoven University of Technology and Associate Professor Michael T.M. Emmerich and Doctoral Candidate Koen van der Blom who both are from Leiden University.


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Research Output

  • 66 Citations
  • 12 Conference contribution
  • 5 Poster
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

Conceptual structural system layouts via design response grammars and evolutionary algorithms

Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., Aug 2020, In : Automation in Construction. 116, 20 p., 103009.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 75 Downloads (Pure)

    Analysing optimisation data for multicriteria building spatial design

    van der Blom, K., Boonstra, S., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 2019, Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization - 10th International Conference, EMO 2019, Proceedings. Coello Coello, C. A., Reed, P., Deb, K., Goodman, E., Klamroth, K., Miettinen, K. & Mostaghim, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 671-682 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 11411).

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

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Co-evolutionary design processes applied to building spatial design optimization

    Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 31 May 2019, Advances in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization: Proceedings of the 13th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (WCSMO13). Guo, X. & Huang, H. (eds.). Beijing: ISSMO, p. 110-115 6 p.

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

  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    Effects of 3D zoning of spatial designs on the performance of structure systems

    Hofmeyer, H., Claessens, D. P. H., Boonstra, S. & de Vries, B., 2019, Intelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019. Haeusler, M. H., Schnabel, M. A. & Fukuda, T. (eds.). Hong Kong: The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Vol. 1. p. 205-214 10 p.

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

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)


    EG ICE 2016 Best Paper Award

    Sjonnie Boonstra (Recipient), 29 Jun 2016

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    • 1 Publication peer-review

    2018 International Workshop on Global Optimization (LeGO 2018) (Event)

    Sjonnie Boonstra (Peer reviewer)
    18 Sep 201821 Sep 2018

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

    Press / Media

    AI based early stage design support for efficient buildings

    Sjouke Boonstra, Sjonnie Boonstra & Akke S.J. Suiker


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Co-evolutionary building design simulation for structural optimization with facade openings

    Author: de Goede, T., 28 May 2019

    Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), Boonstra, S. (Supervisor 2) & Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Influence of spatial zoning on structural topology performance

    Author: Claessens, D., Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), Boonstra, S. (Supervisor 2) & de Vries, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Multi-disciplinary building optimisation

    Author: Boonstra, S., 30 Apr 2016

    Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), de Vries, B. (Supervisor 2), Suiker, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Schijndel, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master