Willem Marinus Dudok

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Willem Marinus Dudok

(b. Amsterdam 1884; d. Hilversum, Amsterdam 1974)

Willem Dudok was born in Amsterdam in 1884. After graduating as an engineer from the Royal Military Academy at Breda, Dudok spent the first ten years of his architectural career constructing defensive forts and military barracks for the Dutch army. In 1927 he became the City Architect for Hilversum, near Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. In this capacity he coordinated the expansion of the town and designed the principal public buildings.

For most of the buildings he designed within Hilversum, Dudok borrowed extensively from Frank Lloyd Wright and the American Prairie School. He utilized the brick architecture and the dramatic asymmetrical massing of geometrical forms common to this style. While designing these public commissions, he continued to work in private practice.

Dudok received the RIBA Gold Medal in 1935 and the AIA Gold Medal in 1955. He died in Hilversum in 1974.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p45-46.

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