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Herman Hertzberger

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Herman Hertzberger
Hertzberger in 1970
Born (1932-07-06) 6 July 1932 (age 92)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma materDelft University of Technology
AwardsRIBA Royal Gold Medal
BuildingsMontessori school, Delft (1966–70)
Centraal Beheer office building, Apeldoorn (1970–72)
ProjectsDiagoonwoningen, Delft (1971)

Herman Hertzberger (born 6 July 1932) is a Dutch architect, and a professor emeritus of the Delft University of Technology. In 2012 he received the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects.[1]


Centraal Beheer office building, participation inside, Apeldoorn 1972

Herman Hertzberger was born on 6 July 1932 in Amsterdam.[2]

He completed his studies at the Delft University of Technology in 1958, where he was a professor from 1970 to 1999.[2]

From 1959 to 1963 he is a part of the infamous FORUM editorial, together with Aldo van Eyck and Jaap Bakema. They stir up the architectural discussion at the time, especially concerning the reconstruction of dwellings after the Second World War. [3]



Hertzberger and Aldo van Eyck influenced the development of the Dutch Structuralist movement of the 1960s and 1970s.[citation needed] Among his buildings are the experimental houses known as "Diagoon Houses" (1971), the Montessori school in Delft (1966–70) and the administration building for the Centraal Beheer Insurance Company building in Apeldoorn (1970–72).[citation needed]

Hertzberger has been criticized for the inelegance of the façades of his buildings, and for concentrating on their functions and interiors rather than aesthetics.[4]



His books include:

  • Lessons for Students in Architecture, 1991, ISBN 978-9064504648
  • Space and the Architect: Lessons in Architecture 2, 1999, ISBN 978-9064503801
  • Space and Learning, 2008, ISBN 978-9064506444.
  • (with Arnulf Lüchinger and Rijk Rietveld) Herman Hertzberger 1959–86, Buildings and Projects, The Hague, 1987, ISBN 978-9071890017.

A book about the Diagoon Houses:

  • Nahmer, Robert von der; Hertzberger, Herman (2021). Space for living : the experimental Diagoon Houses of Herman Hertzberger. Delft, Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-90-35455-2. OCLC 1317681636.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)



He is an Accademico d'Onore, or honorary member, of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno of Florence.[6]




  1. ^ a b "Constructive criticism: the week in architecture". The Guardian. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Herman Hertzberger at archINFORM
  3. ^ Steigenga, Madeleine (2003). Lessons : Tupker-Risselada : a double portrait of Dutch architectural education, 1953/2003 = Lessen : Tupker-Risselada : dubbelportret van het nederlands architectuuronderwija 1953/2003. Dirk van den Heuvel, Jaap van Triest. Nijmegen: SUN. ISBN 90-5875-051-5. OCLC 55534863.
  4. ^ DUIC, January 25 2019
  5. ^ UVA Today News, 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ Accademici d'Onore Archived 19 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence. Accessed June 2013.