Berlage Institute

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The Berlage Institute was an independent unaccredited postgraduate school of architecture in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, that operated in 1990-2012. Named after the Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, the Berlage Institute had an international student population and teaching staff.

In 2012 the institute moved to Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and was reestablished as The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design.


The school was founded by Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger, who also served as the first dean. At that time, the school was located in Aldo van Eyck's Children's Orphanage in Amsterdam. Later, the institute moved to Rotterdam.

In 1995, Wiel Arets was appointed dean, drastically restructuring the school to a research-based institute. While dean, Arets initiated the school's publication, HUNCH, which was originally edited by Jennifer Sigler, editor of Rem Koolhaas' S,M,L,XL.[1] Arets expanded the school's international prominence through the publication of HUNCH, extensive global study trips, public lectures, and notion of the 'year theme', with the 2001-2002 theme of 'Double Dutch' researching the doubling of the Netherlands' population.[2] Architectural debate was fostered with prominently known architects, lecturers, and guest-professors, such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Stan Allen, Kazuyo Sejima, Jean Nouvel, Kenneth Frampton, Tadao Ando, and Toyo Ito.

Notable alumni include Daan Roosegaarde, Miguel Robles-Durán, Vasa J. Perovi, Reinier de Graaf, Ana Dzokic and Bas Princen.

Arets stepped down in 2002, and was succeeded by Spanish architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo (2002-2005).

The Croatian architect and educator Vedran Mimica was the last director.[3] Due to the Netherlands' government funding cuts, the Berlage Institute was forced to dissolve its existence as of 1st August 2012.


In autumn of 2012, the institute was reestablished as 'The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design', or 'The Berlage', as it now refers to itself, and is based at the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The current director is Nanne de Ru, a Dutch architect and co-founder of the architecture and design firm 'Powerhouse Company'.[4] Since 2014, the organization is able to award accredited master degrees due to its affiliation with the TU Delft, whereas this was previously not the case.[5]


  1. ^ HUNCH No. 3, retrieved 1 May 2012
  2. ^ HUNCH No. 4, retrieved 1 May 2012
  3. ^ van den Bergen, Marina. "Who is Vedran Mimica".
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2014-03-05 at the Wayback MachineAbout us at site Powerhouse-company, retrieved 23 February 2014
  5. ^ [2][permanent dead link], retrieved 20 February 2014

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Coordinates: 51°55′22″N 4°29′12″E / 51.9228°N 4.4867°E / 51.9228; 4.4867