Dick van Woerkom

24-04-1924 - 18-09-1987

Dick van Woerkom (1924-1987) strove to embody the theories of artists’ group De Stijl in his architecture. 

Born in Rangoon, Van Woerkom, receives his technical education during the Second World War at colleges in The Hague and Haarlem. After the war, he completes his training at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft and the Academie voor Bouwkunst in Amsterdam. 

He begins his career as architectural draughtsman at the offices of A. Komter and Merkelbach & Elling in Amsterdam, and sets up an independent practice as an architect in 1955. Van Woerkom holds very specific views about architecture, and is keen to continue the tradition of De Stijl. Partly with this in mind, he works on a number of projects with artist Joost Baljeu. Van Woerkom does not have a large body of work; his reputation rests on his theoretical, rather than his practical accomplishments.

From 1978 to 1986, Van Woerkom runs the Netherlands Documentation Centre for Architecture (Nederlands Documentatiecentrum voor de Bouwkunst), the institution which merges with the Netherlands Architecture Institute in 1988.


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