Wiel Arets (born 1955 in Heerlen, Netherlands) is an internationally renowned architect. He graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in 1983, where he received a Master of Science in Architecture. He established his own office that same year, which later expanded throughout Europe. Since the late 1980s, he has taught at several of the world’s most distinguished universities. From 1995 to 2001 he was Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and, in 2012, he was appointed Dean of the College of Architecture (CoA) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. An eminent critic, he was the President of the Jury for the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Chair of the Jury for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award and, in 2014, he co-established the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) of which he serves as Board President.