Michael Herrman is a practicing
architect based in Paris whose work explores architecture’s role in
the negotiation of cultural difference in urban environments.
Through the construction of spaces characterized by a transitory
nature and adaptability, his projects allow an engagement with the
most diverse urban contexts, employing experimental materials and
After completing his Bachelor of
Architecture at Cornell University and his Master of Architecture at
Princeton University, he earned a PhD in architecture jointly at the
Université de Paris, La Villette, the Università di
Roma, La Sapienza, and the Universidad de Sevilla.
Herrman is the recipient of the Rome
Prize in Architecture, a Fulbright Fellowship, and other fellowships
that have allowed him to live and work in Asia and Europe over the
past 10 years. He worked in the studios of Arata
Isozaki in Tokyo and Jean Nouvel in Paris before opening his own
Paris-based architecture practice in 2005.
Supported by a Graham Foundation grant,
Herrman has written The Architecture of Alienation (forthcoming,
Fall 2008), which examines the emergence of architecture as one of
the most potent mediators of cultural identity in the 21st
century. He has lectured internationally about his work, which has
been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in cities throughout
Europe and the United States.