Ben van Berkel (Utrecht 1957) studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987.
In 1988 he set up architectural practice in Amsterdam with Caroline Bos. Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau has realized urban development projects, architectural designs and infrastructural plans. Current realized projects include the new museum for the city of Nijmegen and a restructuring of the center of the city Arnhem.
In addition to building, Ben van Berkel has many activities in the theoretical field. As a visiting professor he worked at Columbia University, New York, and as a visiting critic at Harvard University. In 1997 Ben van Berkel was nominated Honorary Member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA. From 1996-1999 Ben van Berkel led Diploma Unit 4, The Urban Studio, at the Architectural Association in London. The Urban Studio focuses on the development and rethinking of new organizational structures in architecture and urbanism. In 2000 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos will continue their teaching at Princeton University in Princeton.
In 1998 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos established a new firm in addition to Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau: UN Studio. UN Studio is a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. UN Studio organizes strategic forms of collaboration with architects, graphic designers, and constructors, building consultants, service companies, quantity surveyors, photographers, stylists and new media designers.
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