Manuel Herz Architects is an office for architecture and urban planning, based in Basel, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany. Amongst the recently constructed buildings is the Jewish Community Center of Mainz, the mixed-use building ‘Legal / Illegal’ in Cologne, a museum extension (with Eyal Weizman and Rafi Segal) in Ashdod, Israel and a residential building in Ordos, China. The projects have received several prizes such as the German Facade Prize 2011, the Cologne Architecture Prize 2003, the German Architecture Prize for Concrete in 2004 and a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Prize for European Architecture, 2011.
Manuel Herz studied at the RWTH Aachen, and the Architectural Association in London. After teaching at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam and Harvard Graduate School of Design he was head of the teaching and research at ETH Studio Basel - Institute of the Contemporary City, together with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. He is currently a visiting professor for architectural design at the ETH Zürich. Besides his work as a practicing architect he researches and works in the field of architecture of ‘humanitarian action’ and the planning strategies of refugee camps.