Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos

Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos

Architecture lives from the difference and often has a character of its own. Just like Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos.

Ben van Berkel

Architect Prof. Ben van Berkel was born in Utrech in The Netherlands in 1957. He started studying architecture at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and completed his studies with a commendation at the Architectural Association in London 1987. After his graduation at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, van Berkel first worked at the firms of Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava. In 1988, he founded, together with Caroline Bos, the van Berkel & Bos Architecturbuureau in Amsterdam from which UNStudio Amsterdam evolved in 1998.
His thoughts on design and architecture van Berkel 1994 taught as a guest professor at the Columbia University in New York, as well as 1996 and 1999 at his former university, the Architectural Association in London. With his partner Caroline Bos he accepted a guest professorship in 2000 at the Princeton University. Today, he supervises the Advanced Architectural Design architecture class at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt/Main.

Caroline Bos

Caroline Bos was born in 1959 in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. She studied Art History at the Birbeck College of the University of London. For the sake of studying architecture, she returned to The Netherlands to the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Utrecht. Together with Ben van Berkel she founded the architectural firm Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau in Amsterdam in 1988. This was followed by opening the UNStudio design firm ten years later.
Apart from her job as an architect and designer, Bos taught at the Academy of Architecture in Arnheim, Liverpool University and the Technische Universität in Vienna, to name just a few. Since 1999 she supervises students on their way to graduation at the Berlage Institute Amsterdam. Together with her colleague Ben van Berkel she accepted a guest professorship at Princeton University in the year 2000.

UNStudio Amsterdam

”United Network“ stands for the background UN Studio Amsterdam has. The architects Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos founded it in 1998 in the Dutch capital. However, Bos and van Berkel want to be more than “just” being architects, their firm is also a design studio. Together with an international team with members from numerous fields, they change architecture according to their ideas in order to get a completely new design as a result. Their designs are three-dimensional, the building becomes perceivable by the visitor and fascinates him.

Selected Projects:

-    Mercedes Benz Museum
-    Louis Vuitton
-    Musiktheater Graz
-    Star Place Shopping Centre
-    Grand Hyatt Frankfurt
-    UN Studio Tower
-    La Defense Offices

Selected Awards:

-    1997 Honorable Member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten
-    2001 1. Prize tender invitation "Expansion and renovation Jewish Historical Museum“
-    2001 Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award nominees
-    2003 1822-Art Prize FFM
-    2005 Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award nominees
-    2005 Lighting Award Seoul
-    2006 Binding Culture Award FFM


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