CE Podcasts

Jason Frantzen of Herzog & de Meuron

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Presented by Jason Frantzen

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how Herzog & de Meuron work to upend traditional approaches to hospitals and medical centers.
  2. List some of the preliminary work the firm does before designing a project for any site.
  3. Describe how the Jerusalem library project provides a cultural space in a digital age.
  4. Explain the pros and cons of architecture competitions according to Frantzen.


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Jason Frantzen , discusses Herzog & de Meuron’s projects around the world, from the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center in San Francisco to the National Library of Israel. The Switzerland-based firm’s international architectural practice focuses on creating designs that take into account the specifics of place. Landscape, local materials, community culture, surrounding architecture, local history, and other factors provide inspiration and guidance for the firm’s designs. Frantzen provides examples of how Herzog & de Meuron considers atmosphere and occupant experience, tailoring the project to elements of nature or the artifacts of civilization, rather than conforming to a particular trend or aesthetic.

National Library of Isreal

Photo courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron


Aaron Prinz is the host of the Design:ED Podcast and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He was born and raised in the rural Northern California town of Red Bluff, just two hours south of the Oregon border. After one year of college, Prinz relocated to San Francisco to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. At age 26, he began studying architecture at Portland State University while interning at Studio Petretti Architecture led by Amanda Petretti. His professional contributions while at Studio Petretti were focused on a portion of the new Multnomah County Courthouse which is a prominent addition to the Portland skyline. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Roxanne where he continues to work as a designer.


Vitro Architectural Glass Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass), North America’s largest glass producer, is dedicated to glass innovation and fueled by the same people, plants and products that made PPG Glass one of the industry’s most respected and reliable commercial glass manufacturers.


Originally published in April 2023