Willem Marinus Dudok
Award Name : AIA Gold Medal
Year of Award : 1955
Award for : Architecture
Location : Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Willem Marinus Dudok was a Dutch modernist architect. He was born in Amsterdam. He became City Architect for the town of Hilversum in 1928 where he was best known for the brick Hilversum Town Hall, completed in 1931. Not only did he design the building, but also the interior including the carpets, furniture and even the mayor's meeting hammer. He also designed and built about 75 houses, public buildings and entire neighborhoods. He was born on July 6, 1884 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Breda and remained in the army until 1913. He became municipal architect of Hilversum in 1915 and thereafter designed many buildings for the city, notably the Dr. H. Bravink School (1921), the Vondel School (1928–29), and the Town Hall (1928–30). These structures, though compositions of cubes, convey solidity and texture through the use of solid brick. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Breda and remained in the army until 1913. He died on April 6, 1974 in Hilversum, Netherlands.