Johannes Andreas Brinkman

22-03-1902 - 06-05-1949

J.A. Brinkman made a name for himself mainly as half of the duo Brinkman and Van de Vlugt, one of the most important and most successful architectural firms between the wars and the chief exponent of the Nieuwe Bouwen movement.

J.A. (Jan) Brinkman was the son of architect Michiel Brinkman (1873-1925). He studied civil engineering at the Technical College in Delft. After the death of his father in 1925, and still without much work experience to his name, he took over his father's firm.

Van Nelle director Kees van der Leeuw, one of his father’s main clients, brought him into contact with the talented architect Leendert Cornelis van der Vlugt. In their cooperation, Brinkman took on the technical side of the work and left most of the designing to Van der Vlugt. Together they formed the successful firm of Brinkman and Van der Vlugt which was responsible for several assignments including the Van Nelle factory, Huis Sonneveld and the Feijenoord stadium.

After Van der Vlugt's death in 1936, a cooperation with Prof J.H. van den Broek was established, leading, among other things, to the Departure Lounge of the Holland America Line in Rotterdam (HAL). In 1939, Brinkman was diagnosed with an incurable disease which forced him to give up work.

In 1948, architect J. Bakema joined the firm. As such, Brinkman was part of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, Brinkman & Van den Broek, and Brinkman, Van den Broek & Bakema, respectively. After Brinkman's death in 1949, the firm was continued under the name Van den Broek en Bakema (now known as Broekbakema).


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