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Born in 1955 in Heerlen, the Netherlands, Wiel Arets graduated from the Technical University Eindhoven in 1983 and established Wiel Arets Architect & Associates a year later.Arets has previously taught at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and the Architectural Association, London, as well as holding visiting professorships at the Berlage Institute, Amsterdam - where he was also dean of the Postgraduate Laboratory of Architecture from 1995-2001, Cooper Union, New York, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.

Arets is one of the most influential architects working in Holland today.His reputation is founded on such works as his pharmacy and apartment building in Hapert (1988-1989), the Academy of Art and Architecture in Maastricht (1990-1993) and the headquarters for the AZL Pension Fund in Heerlen (1990-1995).During a prolific career, Arets and his practice have handled a wide range of commissions including the Beltgens Mens Fashion Shop in Maastricht (1986-1987), a 21-floor apartment tower on KNSM Island in Amsterdam (19901996), police stations in Vaals (1993-1995) and Boxtel (1994-1997) and the Villa Van Zanten ('Body House') in Lisse (1997-2000).

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