30 March 2016

Jacques Herzog, Architect

Jacques Herzog is a swiss architect and urbanist, born in 1950, together with William Mc Donough and Ricky Burdett had been assigned to the advisory committee of architects for the past Expo 2015, which happened in Milan.

He graduated from ETH in 1975. Together with Pierre De Meuron they founded Herzog  & de Meuron Architecture in Basel. They have been awarded numerous prizes such as “The Pritzker Architecture Prize“ in 2001, and  the “RIBA Royal Gold Medal“ in 2007. The firm has grown over the years and now it has branch offices in Hamburg, London, Madrid, and New York.

Some of their most famous project are the National Stadium in Beijing (in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei), the Allianz Arena in Munich, the New Tate Gallery in London - now they are commissioned by Tate again to develop a scheme for the completion of the gallery -, the Caixa Forum in Madrid, and De Young Museum in San Francisco. Their architectural projects are often seen as minimalistic, but their stereometric buildings have on the other side particularly elaborated skin, so the facades of their building are always extremely communicative.

Jacques Herzog has been visiting professor in many universities  and he has taught at Harvard University since 1994. He has taught at ETH of Zurich since 1999, and he’s one of the co-founders of ETH Studio Basel- Contemporary City Institute, a research programme on processes of transformation in the urban field. Herzog & de Meuron also work on urban designs: Burgos Bulevar, an 11km long urban landscape development through the city of Burgos, Spain; and the master plan for Lyon Confluence in France, both under construction.