Manuel Herz is an architect based in Basel, Switzerland. His recent projects include the prize-winning synagogue in Mainz and housing projects in Germany, Switzerland and France. He has taught at the ETH Zurich and Harvard GSD and is currently professor of architectural and design at the University of Basel. His research work focuses on the relationship between migration, architecture, nation building and spaces of refuge. He has exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, where he designed and curated the National Pavilion of the Western Sahara. His books include Nairobi: Migration Shaping the City, From Camp to City: Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara and African Modernism-Architecture of Independence.