Before my education to architect at the Technical University of Eindhoven, I
studied one year Biology (1971-72) at the University of Nijmegen. In the
many years until now, I kept an eye on patterns in Nature, starting with
the bible of d’Arcy W. Thompson in one hand and my pencil in the other. I formulated the question of the patterns in sunflower seeds as: “How
can I produce these spirals without a pencil?" For, intuitively,
it seemed to be a mistake to make a construction by drawing continuous curves. 15
years later, at the
University of Utrecht, Aristid Lindenmayer (well-known for his L-systems) supported my way to develop phyllotactic patterns.
I got my PhD in 1994 - as a biologist infiltrating in my former study in Eindhoven. For the second time I switched from Biology to Architecture.