N. John Habraken
Trained as an architect at Delft TU and the author of numerous books including Supports, an Alternative to Mass Housing (1962/72/99), The Structure of the Ordinary (1998) and Palladio’s Children (2005), Professor Emeritus N. John Habraken was the Director of SAR (Foundation for Architects Research) in the Netherlands from 1965 to 1975. Appointed professor at Eindhoven Technical University in 1967, he set up its new Department of Architecture and served as its first chairperson. Later he was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, Cambridge, MA. From 1975-1981, he taught at MIT until his retirement in 1989. He is the recipient of the 1988 Creative Achievement Award of the Association of Collegiate Schools in the US; the David Roëll prize 1979 of the Dutch Prince Bernhard Fund; The King Fahd award for design and research in Islamic Architecture (1985-86); and the Oevre Award of the National Foundation for Art, Design, and Architecture in the Netherlands (BKVB oevre prijs 1996). Additional awards include: Honorary member of the Architectural Institute of Japan; Knight of the Royal Order of the Dutch Lion 2003; and recipient of the 2003 “Kubus for advancing the standing of Architecture,” by the BNA Dutch Association of Architects. In 2005, Mr. Habraken received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University Eindhoven.