PRESS RELEASE| Focus on experimental learning environments and leading small teams.
Amsterdam, November 17, 2011 - THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership has added another creative leader to its team: Ben van Berkel, the co-founder and principal architect of UNStudio, has joined THNK’s Advisory Board.
Based in Amsterdam and Shanghai, Ben van Berkel is one of the creative forces behind iconic landmarks such as the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, The Executive Education Agency and Tax Office in Groningen, UNStudio Tower in Amsterdam, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and the recently opened New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion in New York City.
“We look forward to tapping Ben’s considerable experience in leading small teams, creating experimental learning environments and orchestrating dynamic collaborations”, said Menno van Dijk, co-founder and managing director of THNK. “He will help us to have master practitioners work side by side with program participants.”
Ben van Berkel is also actively participating as master practitioner in the first Pilot Challenge of THNK, which has started on November 16. This challenge is dedicated to finding creative solutions to the growing problem of vacant office spaces in Amsterdam.
UNStudio is fiercely international and multidisciplinary, structuring itself as a global network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure, drawing inspiration from fields as diverse as politics, fashion, sciences and technology.
Outside his work as an architect, Ben is also pushing the boundaries of architecture education as Dean of the Architecture Class at the Academy of Fine Arts Staedelschule in Frankfurt. In 2011 Ben van Berkel was appointed the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He also taught at the Architectural Association in London and at Princeton and Columbia University.
In September, THNK announced the starting date of the THNK Creative Leadership Program – 17 March 2012. Its groundbreaking curriculum targets professionals from around the world, with the goal of orchestrating innovation that really matters.
Image: UNStudio, by Inga Powilleit