Wiel Arets, Dutch architect, born at Heerlen in 1955, graduated from the Technische Universiteit of Eindhoven in 1983. In 1984 he established Wiel Arets Architect & Associates in Heerlen. In 1996 the office was moved to Maastricht. He has held a number of academic positions: between 1986 and 1989 taught at the Architectural Academies of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, between 1988 and 1992 at the Architectural Association in London, between 1991 and 1994 as Visiting Professor at Columbia University and the Cooper Union in New York, at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the Hochschule fÃ¼r Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 2000 he held the Mies van der Rohe chair at the etsab in Barcelona. From 1995 to October 2002 he was dean of the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam and currently he holds the Berlage chair at the Technical University in Delft and is director of the Berlage Institute PhD program. His major works include the Academy for Arts and Architecture in Maastricht (1990-93) and the headquarters of the azl pension fund at Heerlen (1990-95).