Herman Hertzberger / Architectuurstudio HH

Why architecture?
March 5, 2014 - 5:30pm


Herman Hertzberger will present a lecture entitled “Why architecture?” in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger graduated in 1958 from what is now the Technical University of Delft. His architectural practice, now called Architectuurstudio HH, was established in 1960. His best known designs include those for the Centraal Beheer head office in Apeldoorn, Music Centre Vredenburg in Utrecht, The Ministry of Social Affairs en Employment in The Hague and the Chassé Theatre in Breda. His office is known for its many cultural buildings, schools and residential structures, not only in The Netherlands, but also abroad. Hertzberger has been awarded numerous national and international honorary fellowships and received prestigious awards for individual projects as well as for his work as a whole. In 2012 he was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal.

Hertzberger has lectured at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam (1965-69), and was a professor at the Technical Universityy of Delft (1970-99), visiting professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and the chair of the Postgraduate Berlage Institute (1990-95). He has lectured widely in Europe, North, Middle and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia

Hertzberger's projects have been published and exhibited globally. He was one of the editors of FORUM, together with Aldo van Eyck and Jaap Bakema. In addition to many journal articles, Hertzberger has published the books "Lessons for students in architecture" (1991), printed in English, Dutch, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Persian, Korean, French and Czech, and "Space and the Architect, Lessons in Architecture 2" (2000) with elaborated versions of his lectures, also charting the backgrounds to his work and the ideas informing it. In 2008 "Space and Learning" was published, a book that brings together his knowledge and ideas in a theoretical study of the spatial conditions of learning. In October 2009, he published "The Schools of Herman Hertzberger.” This title is not only a presentation of his built and unbuilt schools, but in it the sociologist Abram de Swaan also addresses Hertzberger's work in an essay, paying tribute to him as a pre-eminently “sociological” architect. Documentaries on Herman Hertzberger released on DVD are "Searching or Space", a film by Kees Hin (2010) and "The School as City" by filmmakers Moniek van de Vall and Gustaaf Vos (2012).


Image courtesy of Architectuurstudio HH