Parametric design

Deployable GFRP gridshell
Sheffield, UK | 2016

photo © SHU | Matt Bell


Structural engineering

Shaded Dome
Double-layered inflatable membrane
Steenwijk, Netherlands | 2017

photo © Poly-Ned


Computational optimization

Flexibly formed concrete shell
Dübendorf, Switzerland | 2018

photo © BRG, ETH Zurich | Michael Lyrenmann



Summum Engineering is a structural design, engineering and optimization consultancy, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It operates in the domains of architecture, engineering and construction as well as industrial design and art.

Summum was recently founded on the conviction that, through continued exchange and progress in science and technology, the built environment can serve people, their well-being as well as our planet. Towards this end, Summum is pro-active in seeking a clientele and portfolio in support of a shared vision for a sustainable and durable built environment.

Please read more about us here.

Our services

Summum Engineering provides its services to project developers and owners as well as architects, designers, engineers and contractors. Summum specializes in the parametric modellingfinite element modelling and structural engineering of lightweight structures, complex geometries and sustainable buildings.

A decade long experience in parametric design, numerical optimization, computer programming and scientific research sets Summum apart from traditional engineering practice. Through intelligent algorithms and efficient designs, Summum means to elegantly solve the complex challenges that today’s clients are faced with and tomorrow’s world presents us with.

Please read more about our services here.

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What is parametric modelling?

A model which establishes relations between design variables and its outcome is known as a ‘parametric model’. Such a model allows one to evaluate the influence of design choices on the resulting project, as you can try and see for yourself in the example below. This is not necessarily subjective. By measuring structural performance, energy efficiency or other metrics, a design can be optimized by the computer. Read more about our parametric modelling and computational optimization services here.

What is finite element modelling?

Structural engineering problems historically relied on rules of thumb, differential equations and physical tests to solve them. The computer has added the ‘finite element method’, to approach these problems through numerical approximation. Often described as a ‘black box’, finite element models need to be carefully set up and interpreted. If done correctly, they allow us to evaluate complex geometries and behaviors. The example below shows our logo’s deformations if it was suspended from the top. Read more about our structural design and engineering services here.

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Featured projects


Deployable timber gridshell


Steel geodesic dome


Timber pavillion

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Our clients

From start-ups to multi-nationals, we serve the needs of a wide variety of clients in the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

Our collaborators

We enjoy working closely and exchanging knowledge with our partners in both academia and practice.