Hans Brouwer

Director, HB Design

Hans studied architecture from the ETH (Federal Technical Institute) in Zurich, University of Southern California (USC) and Syracuse Architecture Programme in Florence, Italy. He participated in the Venice Biannale design competition where his proposal, to span the Grand Canal with a glass bridge, was one of the few of the many submitted from all over the world to be selected and displayed at the exhibition.

He then went on to work in London, where after 6 months in the firm of John Harris Architects he joined Foster Associates. He was made an associate of the firm within a year and a half and sent to Tokyo to establish the design office there. The Century Towers introduced many innovations in design and incorporated the latest in high-rise technology. For the first time in Japan, an open atrium was made possible through the development and introduction of a number of innovative fire-fighting systems. The Kawana Houses, situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean, are a re-interpretation of traditional Japanese designs with modern materials and systems.

In 1992 he was made a project director was sent to Frankfurt, Germany, to set up the design office responsible for the new headquarters tower for the Commerzbank. During that year he and team of up to 60 finalised all aspects of the design and prepared all of the tender documentation. He returned back to London, where he was responsible for a number of projects, most notably the competition entry for the Second Bangkok International Airport.