Ben van Berkel

Ben van Berkel
Founder/Principal Architect
My experience and deep interests:
I am based in: Amsterdam
THNK connection: Advisory board


I 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  Caroline Bos and I set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam, extending our theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture. 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 Caroline Bos and I established a new firm: UNStudio (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure.


Current projects include the design for Doha's Intregrated Metro network in Qatar, the Raffles City mixed-use development in Hangzhou and the Canaletto Tower in London.


With UNStudio I realized amongst others the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands, the façade and interior renovation for the Galleria Department store in Seoul, the Singapore University of Technology and Design and a private villa up-state New York.


I have lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. Currently I hold the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor's Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Central to my teaching is the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organization and engineering constructions.