Van den Broek was born in Rotterdam. He joined with Johannes Brinkman in 1936, after the death of Brinkman's partner Leendert van der Vlugt. The firm's work during this time including a new terminal building for the Holland-America cruise line.
From 1948 onward, van den Broek worked with Jacob Bakema. After Brinkman's death, the architectural firm was known as Van den Broek and Bakema. They collaborated to design landmarks and neighborhoods in Rotterdam and around the Netherlands, and participated in the 1957 Interbau project in Berlin. Van den Broek died in The Hague, aged 79.
The firm still exists to this day and is now known as Broekbakema.
- "History of Broekbakema". Broekbakema.nl. Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- "Aankomsthal Holland-Amerika Lijn (Cruise Terminal)". ArchitectureGuide.nl. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
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