Ben van Berkel studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Architectural Association in London.
Together with Caroline Bos he founded in Amsterdam Van Berkel & Bos architectural office (1988) and UN Studio (1998).UN Studio is a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Its works ranges from civil infrastructure such as viaducts, bridges and tunnels to office buildings, research buildings for universities and an electricity station in Austria. Its public buildings include a music hall in Graz, Austria, the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen, Holland, and the Wadsworth Atheneum.Residential projects range from private houses, like the Moebius House, to housing estates; and larger urban projects such as Arnhem Central Master Plan.UN Studio has undertaken industrial design commissions from a coffee and tea set for Alessi to the development of a standard window.
Besides his architectural work, van Berkel lectures at several architectural schools around the world and participates in international debates on architecture and new media.Recent publications are MOVE (UN Studio and Goose Press) and UNFold (Nai Publishers, Rotterdam, 2002).