9. Ben van Berkel
Ben van Berkel (born 1957) is an architect from Utrecht in the Netherlands who has accumulated several prestigious awards and affiliations. These awards include Eileen Gray Award in 1983, Charlotte Kohler Award in 1991, and a British Council Fellowship in 1986. Van Berkel has taught and lectured in architectural schools all over the world. He led diploma units at Berlage Institute in Rotterdam as well as the Architectural Association in London. He also served as a visiting professor at Princeton University, Harvard University, and Columbia University. In 2001, van Berkel became Professor Conceptual Design at Stadelschule, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2011, he was appointed to the position of the Chair of Kenzo Tange at Harvard Graduate School of Design. The key to what he teaches is the inclusive approach to architectural works which involves integrating material and virtual organization and engineering constructions. His most memorable works include the Mercedes-Benz Museum which is found in Stuttgart Germany and Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, and he works with his innovative UNStudio to produce cutting-edge buildings and designs.