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  • Born: The Hague, March 22, 1950 as Adrianus Cornelis Jozef ‘Mick’ Eekhout
  • Married: with Cornelia Maria Josephina ‘Mieke’ van Dijk, teacher;
  • Children: Nils-Jan Eekhout (1979) MSc Architecture and Maxim Laurens (1981) MSc Industrial Design and MSc Building Technology;
  • Nationality: Dutch


  • High school: 1962 – 1968: (HBS – b) St. Stanislas College, Delft
  • Bachelor: 1968 – 1971: TH Delft Faculty of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture: 1971 – 1973: TH Delft Faculty of Architecture
  • Graduation: Architecture diploma October 1973 Cum Laude (mentors Prof. Carel Weeber / Prof. Jaap Oosterhoff)

Practical works

  • 1968-1973: Building Company J. Eekhout bv, Kwintsheul, the Netherlands (regularly)
  • 1970: Institute for Lightweight Structures / Prof.dr. Frei Otto, Stuttgart
  • 1970: Studio Prof.dr. Renzo Piano, Genova
  • 1971-1973: Student-assistant at the University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, TH Delft under Prof. Anton van Kranendonk, Prof. Dick Dicke and Prof. Jaap Oosterhoff (organisation of design & prototype build seminars on tensile structures, pneumatic structures, space frames, tensegrity structures)
  • 1971: “Frei Otto and the Munich Olympic Games”, article of 60 pages in the Italian magazine ‘Zodiac’, edited by Olivetti, supervised by Renzo Piano
  • 1971-1973: Free time work as a student-designer: several architectural commissions: houses and company buildings, all realised.

Doctor’s Degree

  • 1988: Writing PhD thesis as an external PhD student
  • 1989: “Architecture in Space Structures”, PhD defence and PhD degree, Cum Laude (promoters Prof. Jaap Oosterhoff / Prof. Moshe Zwarts)



  • 1973 Feb-Dec: Architect at Groosman Partners Total Planning in Rotterdam, NL
  • 1974 – 1975: Architect at Thunnissen, Van Kranendonk, Becka Architects in The Hague NL
  • 1975 – 1982: Independent  architect’s practice: Ir. Mick Eekhout BNA bv in  Delft.
  • 1982: Closing of the architects office (for design & engineering) at the occasion of the start of Octatube Space Structures bv (design & build company), to avoid professional confusion.
  • 1992 onwards: Architects practice changed over into design office: Prof. Dr. Mick Eekhout Associates bv in Delft for occasional design and advice assignments/ lectures.
    1991/1992 Factory and office Octatube, Delft; 1993 Architect’s own house, Delft; 1997 Prinsenhof Glass Museum Hall, Delft; 2004 Phoenix car parking garage, Delft; 2005 Glass Synagogue hall, the Hague; 2006 South Gate Tram Roof, Delft; 2008/2009 2 temporary glass ‘serres’ for the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft.

Structural Engineer

  • 1978 onwards: Octatube Engineering bv (design and engineering office for spatial structures). After 1982 the engineering activities are incorporated in Octatube Space Structures bv.


  • November 1991: Appointment as a professor of Product Development, TU Delft.
  • 1  Jan 1992 onwards: Chair of Product Development at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft, appointment for 0.4 fte regularly.
  • 1995  to 1998: Research director of the department of  Building  Technical Design.
  • 1997: PhD degree for Just Renckens, later to become professor at Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 1997 – 2003: Member of Advisory Board of Professors to the Presidential Board of the University of Technology Delft.
  • 1999 – 2002: Head of Department of Building Technical Design (4 chairs, 60 staff) with severe cutback assignment of 30%; appointment 0,8 fte.
    Teaching: responsible for study of 2nd year (PU) 500 students during 8 weeks yearly and 3rd year (B3 + B4): 100 students yearly during 16 weeks.
  • 2000 – 2007: Chairman of the Research Advisory Board for Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering TU Delft
  • 2001: Chairman BAC Architectural Engineering (appointment: Prof. Fons Verhijen)
  • 2001: Advisor for Research to the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture
  • 2002: PhD degree for Jos Lichtenberg, later to become professor at TU Eindhoven
  • 2003 – 2008: Member of the Management Team Department of Building Technology (11 chairs, 100 staff)
  • 2003: Appointment TU Delft Full Professor class 1, appointment to 0,6 fte because of number of Phd students and the many supra-chair activities
  • 2003 – 2008: Research ‘Nestor’ for the department of Building Technology
  • 2003 – 2008: Member of Platform Design / Platform Ontwerpen TU Delft
  • 2004: QANU Assessement Research Programme Blobs: Quality 4, Productivity 4, Relevance 4, Viability 4, director Prof. Mick Eekhout.
  • 2004: Chairman BAC Design of Construtions (appointment: prof. Ulrich Knaack)
  • 2004 – 2006: MSE / MKB policy planner for TU Delft on request of CvB
  • 2005: PhD for Wim Poelman, later to become professor at University Twente
  • 2005: Organiser of the 1st Congress of Design Platform TU Delft: Delft Science in Design 1.
  • 2005 – 2010: Appointment as the Special Professor of Structural Design at the Building Research Unit, Nottingham University
  • 2005 – 2008: Member  of the BTA Commission TU Delft, to supervise the research income from publications
  • 2006 – 2008: Vice-director Onderzoekschool Bouw for ‘Design’ wing.
  • 2006: Organiser and Editor of overview book Building Technology Research 2006.
  • 2007: Organisation of 5 peer reviewed research colloquia for the programs; Blobs, Industrial Building, Informatics, Zappi and Climate design as a preparation for the Mid Term Review of 2007.
  • 2007: Editor of Colloquium Book ‘Blobs’ for peer review, January 2007
  • 2007: Editor of Colloquium Book ‘Industrial Building‘ for peer review February 2007:
  • 2007: Editor of Peer review report 2007 of all 5 Building Technology programs
  • 2007 – 2008: Appointment as ‘formateur’ of the national university research umbrella for the six Dutch building faculties: 3TU Speerpunt Bouw, resulting in report December 2008, for extra 0,4 fte during 1,5 years.
  • 2007: Supervisor and Co-Supervisor of 20 PhD students
  • 2007: Mid Term Review Research Programme Blobs:  Quality 4, Productivity 4, Relevance 4, Viability 4, director Prof. Mick Eekhout
  • 2007: Chairman BAC Architecture (appointment: Prof. Patrick Teuffel and Prof. Thijs Asselbergs)
  • 2007: Organiser of 2nd Congress of Design Platform: Delft Science in Design 2
  • 2007: Co-organiser of KNAW symposium ‘De toekomst van het landschap’.
  • 2007, December: Co-organiser of yearly congress Onderzoekschool Bouw
  • 2008, March: Editor of bundle research projects 3TU Speerpunt Bouw (200 projects)
  • 2008, March: Editor of ‘Leerstoelenboek 3TU Bouw’
  • 2008: Degree for Jordan Brandt, later to become professor at Harvard University
  • 2008 onwards: Programme leader of research program ‘Building Innovation’
  • 2008 September: Editor of research bundle Current Projects of ‘Building Innovation’
  • 2008 November: Editor of research bundle Future Projects of ‘Building Innovation’
  • 2009 January 1st: Chair of Product Development 6,40 fte in size to shrink because of cutbacks, coincidentally affecting temporary contracts to 2,44 fte, 5 PhD students and 5 external PhD students.
  • 2009 onwards: Assignment back to 0,4 fte.
    Main research focus on writing of 12 books.

Component Designer, Structural Engineer, Industrial Designer, Producer & Contractor

  • 1982 onwards: Start Octatube Space Structures bv (owner, general director and main designer) specialized in design, research & development, engineering, production and installation of complicated spatial structures in architecture, applications world wide. Speciality in ‘design & build’ of complicated architectural building parts all over the world: roofs and facades of buildings.
  • The last 20 years the Octatube Group has had several daughter companies in Delft and abroad (UK, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, Israel).
  • 1997: Start of Octatube International bv
  • 2001: Octatube has 50/60 employees in Delft and average 20/25 more working locally over the world. Yearly some 50/100 projects are designed, produced and installed all over the world. In most cases Mick Eekhout functions as the co-designer to the local project architect, within ‘design & build’ contracts. Among these projects regularly about 50% export projects: Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Israel, Middle East, Botswana, Tunisia, Spain, United States, Portugal, Singapore, Malaysia.
  • 2003-2006: Mick’s magnum opus, the most experimental project in Octatube’s history for the sandwich roofs for Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.
  • 2005: Introduction of son Nils-Jan Eekhout in the Octatube company
  • 2008 December 22nd:  25th anniversary of foundation of Octatube ‘design and build’ companies; average 80 % export and 40 / 50 people employed with large projects in Israel, Rumania, Spain, England and the Netherlands. Celebration in the Glass Cube, under construction by Octatube , 30x30x30m3 in Madrid for the Santander bank. Nils-Jan Eekhout to become managing director of the Octatube companies.
  • 2008: Design & build contract for South ‘Serre’ and East ‘Serre’ of  TU Delft in super-speed from October 1st to be finished on January 9th 2009 for the TU Delft Dies celebration.

Independent Designer

From 1992 onwards architectural, structural and industrial design and product developments, also building management  and general advice in Prof. Dr. Mick Eekhout Associates BV. Independent design, research & development and engineering projects are undertaken such as the space frame roof membrane decking for the Olympic stadium in Tunis, the dome of the cathedral in Ivory Coast, a suspended acoustical ceiling in the Royal Albert Hall in London; a cultural centre in Ash Dod with Japanese architect Takamatso and in Tel Aviv a cultural centre with architect Moshe Safdie from Boston: the Yitzak Rabin Centre and a cardboard dome in Amsterdam with the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Renovation of the Sebastian bridge in Delft. Design of Concept house Prototype 2009 with prof.Thijs Asselbergs and Arjan van Timmeren for realisation in 2009.