Manuel Herz

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Manuel Herz is an architect with his own practice in Basel, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany.

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.[1]

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."[2]

He presented an academic paper at the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2007, organized by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.


  • Housing and Creche Lyon, France (2013-15)
  • Synagogue and Jewish Community Center, Mainz, Germany (2010)
  • Wohn- und Geschäftshaus Cologne, Germany (2003)

Select bibliography[edit]

  • 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[3]
  • Herz, Manuel, Making sense of Darfur[4]
  • 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


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