26 Sep 2012
The new Juliana Bridge at Zaanstad, the Netherlands. Joris Smits of Royal HaskoningDHV won acclaim for an architectural design that received three awards.
The new Juliana Bridge at Zaanstad, the Netherlands. Joris Smits of Royal HaskoningDHV won acclaim for an architectural design that received three awards.

Architect and bridge-design expert Joris Smits of Dutch project management, consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV will double from October 2012 as a lecturer and researcher at the Delft University of Technology's Architectural Engineering + Technology department of the Faculty of Architecture.

Smits will lecture on the design of structures, a specialisation in which he has gained considerable experience as an architect and civil engineer. His research remit at TU Delft focuses on designing bridges and the architectural possibilities of using structures made of fibre-reinforced plastic.

Alongside this new part-time post Smits will continue to work at Royal HaskoningDHV half the time. This interesting combination brings together knowledge and skill.

Abridged CV of Joris Smits

Joris SmitsJoris Smits (43) studied at the Delft University of Technology, where he combined the two studies Architecture and Civil Engineering. He graduated in both disciplines in 1994 and is thus both architect and engineer. From 1994 to 1997 he worked for Architekten Cie. Smits joined Royal Haskoning Architecten in Amsterdam in 1997. 
Through his twin background as an architect and an engineer, Smits has acquired huge experience of designing a wide array of bridges and special structures. He won awards for his designs at Assen, Leidschenveen, Amsterdam, Sneek, Bedum, Heerhugowaard, Zaanstad and Katwijk. Internationally he has won awards for designing a bridge over the River Cam in Cambridge and the Palm Jebel Ali Bridge in Dubai.