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New dean for Berlage Institute
May 15, 2002

The Board of Governers and the management of the Berlage Institute announce the appointment of the architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo as Dean, starting 1 October 2002.


Alejandro Zaera-Polo

The Board of Governers and the management of the Berlage Institute announce the appointment of the architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo as Dean, starting 1 October 2002. He succeeds Wiel Arets, who held this position since 1995, guiding the development of the institute into an international center for spatial research and design.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (1963) studied architecture in Madrid (1988) and at Harvard (1991), graduating from both with Honors. After working with Rafael Moneo (1989) and O.M.A. (1991-1993), he started his own office, Foreign Office Architects in London, together with his wife Farshid Moussavi. He has taught at, among others, the Architectural Association, Columbia University, Princeton University, Yokohama University, UCLA and the Berlage Institute. His latest project, the Yokohama International Ferry Terminal in Japan, will be opened by the end of this month.

The Berlage Institute is an international 'laboratory' for architecture, urban planning and landscape design. It offers a two-year program on a postgraduate level, with a possibility of extension to four years, ending with a PhD. The central focus is on the individual development of the architect's professional character. The emphasis in the program is on design research.

more information: Berlage Institute, FOA

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