At first sight it might have seemed logical that someone with a scientific interest and a school career at the anthroposophical inspired Free School, that emphasises making and expression as part of the learning process, would choose to study art history.

Half a year later Roland discovered that this discipline is more about describing and explaining, than about exploring and making. As his interest in art history already gravitated toward architecture he switched to TU Delft.

‘I  felt really at home there, able to combine two types of logic. The beautiful thing is that every line in a design is not just a shape in itself, but that you create space with it, you actually shape things. My master thesis was about the use of Artificial Intelligence in architectural design. Computer logic and human thinking often collide. People make complex evaluations and work with values that are hard to quantify.’

Big and complex architecture projects offer the best opportunities to translate human goals and objectives into parametric design. That is one of the reasons he likes working at ZJA.