3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Michael Herrman

Michael Herrman (US / France)
b. 1975, Miami; lives Paris, France
Urban Observatory, 2008

Michael Herrman is a practicing architect whose work explores architecture’s role in the negotiation of identity in urban environments by examining the affects that changing cultural landscapes have on the form and perception of cities. His projects allow an engagement between the most diverse urban contexts and the temporary inhabitants of cities, such as migrants and tourists, using experimental materials and electronic media in the construction of spaces that are often transitory in nature.

Herrman is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant through which he has been able to create a body of work that has engaged diverse cultural environments in Asia, Europe, and the US. He worked as an architect in the studios of Arata Isozaki in Tokyo and Jean Nouvel in Paris before opening his own experimental Paris-based architecture practice in 2005. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in cities in the US, Europe, and Japan.

After earning a Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and a Master of Architecture at Princeton University, Herrman received a PhD in Architecture awarded jointly at the Université de Paris La Villette, the Università di Roma La Sapienza, and the Universidad de Sevilla.