Ir. Zijlstra, J.J.M.

Jelle Zijlstra is lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

After graduating in 1989 I started working as independant designer for companies like PTT (Dutch postal and telecom services), Gazelle and Union bicycles. In those days, I also designed stands for business fairs and (traveling) exhibitions. My focus moved towards products for the public domain and products that help achieve a more sustainable way of living. In 1995 I developed the Fietshangar, a safe storage for five bicycles to be fitted on a parking space. The city of Rotterdam adopted this product and asked me to design more bicycle parking facilities in the city of Rotterdam. In cooperation with Drost & van Veen Architects I designed Waternet, a network of floating boatstops for the river de Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam. My teaching work started in Delft in the arly 90s, after that I have been teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven (Man and Mobility) and I helped to start up the Industrial Design Faculty at Eindhoven UT for five years and co-developed a competency based learning system. At this moment I am head of the Man and Mobility department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and teacher of design and design didactics at the Delft University of Technology. I developed the Competency Monitor for ‘Delft’ and I am co-author of the Delft Design Guide. As a designer I am working on a carbon time trial bicycle for a new brand to be produced in the Netherlands. Personal life: I am married and live in Rotterdam with my wife and two children.


  • 1983 – 1989
    Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 1977 – 1983
    VWO Gymnasium, Norbertuscollege Roosendaal


  • 2012 – present
    Head of Man and Mobility
  • 2005 – present
    Design teaching at Delft University of Technology, Industrial Design Engineering, department Design Engineering
  • 2005 – 2012
    Design teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven, Compass department Lab (lessons in technology)
  • 2001 – 2005
    Design teaching at Eindhoven University of Technology, (new) Faculty of Industrial Design
  • 1995 – 2001
    Design teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven, department Man and Mobility
  • 1991 – 1995
    Design teaching at Delft University of Technology, Industrial Design Engineering, department of Ergonomics

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Specialisation/Field of research

  • Design Methodology
  • Design Education
  • Sustainability (Minor Sustainable Design, LCA)
  • Public Design

Lectures/Coaches students on:

  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Creativity
  • Embodiment
  • Design Methodology
  • Sustainability
  • Design Didactics

Secondary employment

Independant Industrial Designer at Zijlstra ID •

Head of Man and Mobility at Design Academy Eindhoven

Delft Design Guide

van Boeijen, A.G.C., Daalhuizen, J.J., & Zijlstra, J.J.M. (Eds.) (2020 2nd edition). Delft Design Guide: Perspectives, Models, Approaches and Methods. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers.

Published in 2013