Born in the Netherlands in 1957, architect Ben van Berkel is one of the country’s most prominent modern designers practicing today. After studying architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and then at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, he founded Van Berkel & Bos Architectuur Bureau with urban planner and writer Caroline Bos in 1988. The duo quickly received high-profile commissions, such as the Remu electricity station and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has not slowed since. They founded UNStudio (United Net Studio) in 1999 to create a network of architects, urban planners, and infrastructure specialists. The firm’s recent work has included the Prince Claus Bridge and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.