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He was educated at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and at the Architectural Association in London. He has received numerous prizes and awards, published widely on Jewish architecture in Germany and has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and KTH Stockholm.
He is the head of research and teaching at ETH Studio Basel: Contemporary City Institute and teaches at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Herz has published extensively on issues of diaspora and architecture. Currently, he is researching planning strategies of refugee camps and the dilemma of humanitarian action."
- Housing and Creche Lyon, France (2013-15)
- Synagogue and Jewish Community Center, Mainz, Germany (2010)
- Wohn- und Geschäftshaus Cologne, Germany (2003)
- Herz, Manuel, Institutionalized Experiment: The Politics of "Jewish Architecture" in Germany, Jewish Social Studies - Volume 11, Number 3, Spring/Summer 2005 (New Series), pp. 58–66
- Herz, Manuel, Making sense of Darfur
- Herz, Manuel with Herzog, Jacques and de Meuron, Pierre: MetroBasel - The Model of a European Metropolitan Region (2009)
- Herz, Manuel, From Camp to City - Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara, Lars Müller Publishers (2012)
- Herz, Manuel and Rahbaran, Shadi: Nairobi: Migration Shaping the City, Lars Müller Publishers (2013)
- Herz, Manuel: African Modernism - The Architecture of Independence, Park Books (2015) // award: FILAF D'OR 2015