Herman Hertzberger

Herman Hertzberger

Herman Hertzberger in 1970
Born (1932-07-06) 6 July 1932
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Alma mater Delft University of Technology
Occupation Architect
Awards RIBA Royal Gold Medal
Buildings Montessori school, Delft (1966–70)
Centraal Beheer office building, Apeldoorn (1970–72)

Herman Hertzberger (born 6 July 1932) is a Dutch architect and professor emeritus.


Centraal Beheer office building in Apeldoorn, 1972

Herman Hertzberger was born on 6 July 1932 in Amsterdam.[1]

He completed his studies at the Delft University of Technology in 1958, where he was a professor from 1970 to 1999.[1]


Structuralism in architecture

Hertzberger can be considered, along with Aldo van Eyck, as the influence behind the Dutch structuralist movement of the 1960s. He believed that the architect's role was not to provide a complete solution, but to provide a spatial framework to be eventually filled in by the users. Among Hertzberger's best known buildings are the Montessori school in Delft (1966–70) and the administration building for the Centraal Beheer Insurance Company building in Apeldoorn (1970–72).


Hertzberger has written several books including Lessons for Students in Architecture published in 1991 (ISBN 978-9064504648), Space and the Architect: Lessons in Architecture 2, 1999 (ISBN 978-9064503801) and Space and Learning in 2008 (ISBN 978-9064506444).

Herman Hertzberger, Arnulf Lüchinger, Rijk Rietveld, Herman Hertzberger 1959–86, Buildings and Projects (English+German+French), The Hague 1987. First part of the architectural work.


He is an Accademico d'Onore, or honorary member, of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno of Florence.[4]



  1. 1 2 Herman Hertzberger at the archINFORM database.
  2. "Constructive criticism: the week in architecture". The Guardian. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. {{url=http://news.virginia.edu/content/thomas-jefferson-foundation-medal-architecture-herman-hertzberger}}
  4. Accademici d'Onore (in Italian). Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence. Accessed June 2013.
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