About Bierman Henket architects
Bierman Henket architects is a medium-sized architectural firm whose team comprises on average 15 people. The employees are highly trained architects, designers and construction engineers. They have extensive experience in the sector and are highly flexible. The firm is organised like a design workshop in which a design team is put together for each project. If necessary external consultants can also be enlisted.
Architecture is applied art; it is the spatial design of social structures. These planning processes are all about fulfilling human needs and visualising their dreams. This process simultaneously demands an inspirational and service-minded attitude from the architect. We search for the essence of each assignment and strive in all our designs for a balance between the specific and the universal, between use and experience, between the details and the project as a whole, between the existing and the new, between the contemporary and the enduring, between change and continuity and between transience and permanence.
We believe in modernity, in other words in social, technical and aesthetic innovation and in an optimistic future. Our buildings condition the processes that take place there, they exude lightness, clarity, calm and transparency. To be able to achieve all this, intensive cooperation with the users is essential.
About Hubert-Jan Henket
Hubert-Jan Henket (1940) is an architect and the firm’s founder. Together with Janneke Bierman he monitors the quality of the project content.
In 1969 he completed his studies cum laude with Aldo van Eyck in the engineering department at T.H. Delft. He went on to study urban planning for a year (1969-1970) at Otaniemi University in Helsinki on a scholarship from the Finnish Government. In Helsinki he worked for Reima Pietilä. From 1971 to 1974 he worked in London for Castle Park Dean Hook architects and from 1974 to 1976 he was director of the Housing Renewal Unit in London for the same firm. In 1976 he founded his own firm in the Netherlands.
From 1971 to 2005 he was continuously involved in architecture education, first as a tutor at the Bartlett School of Environmental Studies in London, then as head academic member of staff for Renovation techniques at T.H. Delft, from 1984 to 1998 as professor of Structural Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology and from 1998 to 2005 as professor of Architecture at TU Delft. He has organised and directed a wide range of symposia, courses and lectures in the fields of engineering, management, lifespan, monument care and architecture at home and abroad. He was the promoter of the honorary PhD for Norman Foster (Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM Kt). He has also chaired many panels for competitions and awards in the Netherlands and abroad.
Hubert-Jan Henket was chairman of four study committees on the Stichting Bouwresearch knowledge platform and member of the Rijkscommissie voor de Monumenten (State Commission for Monuments). He is chairman of the Rietveld-Schröder House Foundation, the Rietveld archive and the Foundation of the Van Doesburg house in Meudon.
From 1998 to 2008 he was supervisor of architecture and urban planning at Schiphol airport. He is supervisor of the railway zone in Tilburg and of cultural heritage in the redevelopment of the Hart van Zuid Stork site in Hengelo. He is also a member of the Comité Scientifique for the restoration of Dudok’s College Neerlandais in Paris.
In 2002 he compiled the book Back from Utopia, the Challenge of the Modern Movement with Hilde Heynen. He is the founder and honorary president of DOCOMOMO, an international organisation for ‘DOcumenting and COnserving buildings and urban and landscape ensembles by the MOdern MOvement’.
The firm's work has been published extensively at home and abroad. As part of the ‘Uur van de Wolf’ (Hour of the Wolf) programme, in 1999 the NPS broadcast a television documentary entitled ‘Hubert-Jan Henket, man van staal, hout en glas’ (man of steel, wood and glass).
The Van Beuningen De Vrieze pavilion at the Museum Boymans van Beuningen was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award. In 1999 Hubert-Jan Henket was awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prize for his oeuvre as a whole. Other awards include the Victor de Steurs Prize and the Schreuders Award for underground construction. In 2010, he won the World Monument Fund / Knoll Modernism Prize together with Wessel de Jonge.
In 2003 he was named Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion and in 2004 he received the BNA Cube award (Royal Institute of Dutch Architects).