2013 | BLAG 21 | Judge: Multi-Award winning architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio
We’re incredibly proud to announce Ben van Berkel will be judging works submitted in the BLAG 21 #Improvise #Escapism competition – where you can win the chance to have your work featured on a full page in BLAG’s 21st Birthday Edition, in the App and on show at Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel in London. First prize is a nights stay at the luxury hotel, more to be announced soon. To enter, just reserve your 21st Birthday Edition and we’ll share a detailed brief.
Learn more about Ben van Berkel…
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987.
In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam. The Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau has realized, amongst others projects, the Karbouw office building, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, the Moebius House and the NMR facilities for the University of Utrecht.
In 1998 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos established a new firm: UNStudio (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current projects are the restructuring of the station area of Arnhem, the mixed-use Raffles City in Hangzhou, a masterplan for Basauri, a dance theatre for St. Petersburg and the design and restructuring of the Harbor Ponte Parodi in Genoa. With UNStudio he realized amongst others the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, a façade and interior renovation for the Galleria Department store in Seoul and a private villa up-state New York.
Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. Currently he is Professor Conceptual Design at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main and was recently awarded the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor’s Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Central to his teaching is the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organization and engineering constructions.
Ben van Berkel was most recently awarded the Honorary Fellowship AIA which is now added to his list of Honours, Awards and Fellowships including; Member of the advisory board for Gehry Technologies, RIBA International Fellowship, Charles Jencks Award, British Council Fellowship and the Eileen Gray Award.
Selected UNStudio Projects:
2012 Centre for Virtual Engineering ZVE, Stuttgart, DE
2012 Haus am Weinberg, Stuttgart, DE
2011 King David the Builder International Airport, Kutaisi, Georgia
2011 Beijing New Scitech Reconstruction, Mixed-use, Beijing, CN
2010 Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Entre Les Deux Portes Commercial and Residential Complex, Brussels, BE
2009 Astellas Office and Laboratory, Leiden, NL
Dance Palace, St. Petersburg, RU
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Frankfurt, DE
2008 Raffles City Mixed-Use, Hangzhou, CN
Retreat, KunstFort Asperen, Acquoy, NL
The Changing Room, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, IT
Hyundai I-Park City, 88 Apartment Buildings, Suwon, KR
Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art, Dubai, UAE
2007 Post Rotterdam Lifestyle Retail Centre and Hotel, Rotterdam, NL
2006 Ardmore Park, Residential Tower, Singapore
2000 Ponte Parodi Harbour Redevelopment, Genoa, IT
1996 Arnhem Central Station, Arnhem, NL
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