Ir. Zijlstra, J.J.M.

Design Engineering
Reliability and Durability


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


Click here for an overview of my publications.


Delft Design Guide


BIS Publishers


Annemiek van Boeijen, Jaap Daalhuizen, Jelle Zijlstra, Roos van der Schoor






September, 2013