Radikal behutsam - Volker Staab, 12. November 2018

Volker Staab hat sich einen Namen mit passgenauen Eingriffen an historisch aufgeladenen Orten gemacht. Seit seinem ersten Projekt, dem Neuen Museum in Nürnberg, das auf eine Hinterhofsituation in der Altstadt mit einer 100 m langen Glasfassade antwortete, entwickelt sein Büro Staab Architekten mit jedem Projekt neue Antworten auf die Frage, wie sich ein Neubau zu seiner gewachsenen Umgebung verhält. Rekonstruktion, Ergänzen im Kontrast, Einheit von Alt und Neu, Offenlagen von baulichen Schichten oder Unsichtbarkeit – das Wortpaar »radikal behutsam« beschreibt den konzeptionellen Spielraum, der je nach vorgefundener Situation und Bauaufgabe neu auslotet wird. Da fast alle Projekte des Büros aus Wettbewerbserfolgen hervorgehen, bildet die Klarheit der architektonischen Konzepte die Grundlage der Arbeit des Büros, auf der dann der gesamte Entwicklungsprozess der Projekte aufbaut.

(Fotografie: Marcus Ebener)





Schneider Türtscher, 02. Juli 2018

Das Büro Schneider Türtscher wurde mit einem Direktauftrag für zwei Wohnhäuser im Jahr 2013 von Michaela Türtscher und Claudio Schneider gegründet. Es folgten weitere kleine Studien und Bauaufträge – vorwiegend im sub-urbanen Kontext des Rheintals. Dieser meist schwierigen, da heterogenen und undefinierten Ausgangslage antworten sie mit einer Herangehensweise, die von einem – im besten Fall vorgefundenen, meist aber zu schaffenden – räumlichen und sozialen Kontext ausgeht. Sie formulieren eine Grundidee, die zu lesbaren und differenzierten Raumabfolgen führen soll. Die präzise Benennung und Bemessung ermöglicht eine Hierarchisierung dieser Räume und gibt Aufschluss über eine kohärente Wirkungsabsicht der raumbestimmenden Elemente.

(Fotografie: Johanna Muther)





Ortalli Verrier, Gaëlle Verrier, 07. Mai 2018

Ortalli Verrier is a practice based in Como, Italy, and founded by Gaëlle Verrier and Giacomo Ortalli after their joint experience studying and working with Peter Zumthor for about 10 years. With a particular commitment to the intellectual pursuits in design research, teaching and architectural publications, the office works within national and international contexts in the fields of architecture, urban research and design.





DOGMA, Martino Tattara, 23. April 2018

Martino Tattara is a practicing architect and an Assistant professor at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture since 2016. Together with Dogma, the architectural practice he co-founded with Pier Vittorio Aureli, he is working on a research by design trajectory that focuses on domestic space and its potential for transformation. In the last years, Dogma has exhibited studies and projects at different venues, among which the Tallinn Architectural Biennale 2014, the HKW Berlin 2015, the Biennale di Venezia 2016, Chicago Architectural Biennial 2017. His writings and projects have appeared in many magazines, while a forthcoming book titled Living and working is currently under preparation.





WALDRAP, 15. Januar 2018

WALDRAP ist eine Kollaboration zwischen Renate Walter und Sebastian F. Lippok.
Ihre Arbeit versteht sich als eine Auseinandersetzung mit zeitgenössischen Lebensumständen, welche wie nie zuvor in ihrer Komplexität und Widersprüchlichkeit das Verhältnis zwischen Programm und Kontext manipulieren. Mit ihrer Arbeit versuchen WALDRAP dieses spannungsreiche Verhältnis in einen stabilen, von außen resistenten aber auch diskursiv schönen Zustand zu bringen. Es gibt dabei in ihren Augen keine Ideal-Ästhetik an sich. Vielmehr hat der Versuch Schönheit zu erzeugen für sie einen gesellschaftlichen Aspekt in dessen Kontext der interagierende Mensch steht.





TEd’A arquitectes is a tiny practice based in Mallorca. It is currently led by Irene Pérez and Jaume Mayol.

TEd’A arquitectes is a workshop and a studio. TEd’A arquitectes try to move forward while looking back, without losing sight of the past and tradition. They strive to improve on tradition, our undeniable heritage. They deffend the regional identities in front of the globalizing uniformism. They prefer evolution to revolution.

TEd’A arquitectes regularly gives lectures and workshops at various universities. They have been teaching in the ETSA Vallés (Barcelona), in the IE School (Madrid) and in the ETSA La Salle (Barcelona). They also have been invited as jury in different international schools, as the Cornell University in Ithaca (New York) or in the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland). This summer (2017) they have been one of the workshop leaders at the Porto Academy.

TEd’A arquitectes has recieved several awards, among with stand out: First Prize in the Mallorca Architectural awards 2011-2013, First Prize in the AJAC awards for the best built work, and also First Prize for the best non-built project. Shortlisted for the FAD awards 2011 and 2013. In 2014 they won the First Prize for an international competition for building a school in Orsonnens, Switzerland. This building it’s going be finished during next october 2017. They were selected as one of the finalists in the FAD awards 2016. And recently they have won the First Prize in the Mallorca Architectural awards 2014-2016.

TEd’A arquitectes’ work was part of the last spanish pavilion in the Bienale di Architettura di Venezia 2016. Under the name Unfinished, it revieved the Golden Lion prize. They also were part of the catalan pavilion in the Bienale 2014. This year (2017) the work of Ted’A arquitectes has been included in the exhinition A Minor Architecture, a selection of 15 young European practices. Their work was also part of the itinerant exhibition called Sensitive Matter. Young Catalan Architects, and was exhibited in Barcelona, A Coruña, Lisboa and Berlin.




Francesca Torzo [Padova 1975] studies in TU Delft, ETSAB Barcelona, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and IUAV in Venezia.

Develops the diploma by Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - CH - and graduates with honours by IUAV in Venezia - IT - in 2001 with arch. Peter Zumthor, prof. Umberto Tubini, arch. Miguel Kreisler, eng. Jurg Conzett.

In 2001 develops an experimental dry construction in stone together with eng. Jurg Conzett and HTW, Chur.

In 2001-2002 works as project architect by Peter Zumthor architekturburo, Haldenstein, and in 2003 by Bosshard Vaquer architekten, Zurich.

In 2008 starts her own office in Genova.

From 2009 to 2017 teaches as assistant by Atelier Bearth in Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - CH.

From 2017 is professor at Bergen Arkitekthøgskole - NO.


MUOTO is an architectural office based in Paris, founded by Gilles Delalex and Yves Moreau in 2003.

Its activities cover the fields of architecture, urbanism, design and scientific research. "Muoto" means form in Finnish.Muoto’s work often features minimal structures made of rough materials, as a means to combine different activities, and merge economical as well as aesthetic issues. Vertical diversity as an articulation between building and city scales is a recurrent figure in Muoto’s projects.

The office has been rewarded by several prizes, such as Equerre d’Argent 2016 and Holcim Awards silver medal 2014.

Gilles Delalex is a French architect. He studied architecture in Grenoble and Montreal. He holds a Master in urban planning and a Doctorate of Arts from Alvar Aalto University, Helsinki. He is currently a professor at the School of Paris-Malaquais, where he leads the department “Theory, History and Project”. Since 1998, he has been a research fellow at the Liat Lab focusing on modernity and infrastructures.

Yves Moreau is a Dutch-Belgian architect. He studied at the Ecole des Arts de Saint Luc in Brussels and graduated from Chalmers Teknista Högskala, Göteborg. Between 2000 and 2001, he collaborated with Blå Arkitektur Landskap, in Sweden. Between 2001 and 2006, he worked with Christian Dior and Dominique Perrault. In 2008 he was awarded the Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes and Paysagistes.


STUDIO MAKS is a Rotterdam based studio for spatial design.

It was founded by Marieke Kums in 2010. The studio develops projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism. It strive to go beyond conventional values and scales, as the range of people’s awareness is ever expanding in an age where it’s possible to find out about almost anything in the world in an instant. The projects vary from small art installations, to building projects and urban (renewal) schemes in the Netherlands and abroad.
The office has won several prizes and was nominated for the Prix de Rome in 2014.

Marieke Kums studied at the MIT in Boston and at Delft University of Technology from which she received her MSc Arch degree cum laude. She previously worked with OMA / Rem Koolhaas and SANAA / Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa. Marieke regularly teaches at various architecture schools and institutions and is part of the advisory board of the Dutch Creative Industries Fund.



Nicolas Dorval-Bory Architectes is a young office of architecture based in Paris.

The office works in a broad range of scales, from public buildings to small experimental projects. Focusing primarily on the intrinsic qualities of spaces more than their function, the office aims for a radical expression marked by simplicity and neutrality.
Its work attempts to address the real in a direct and frontal way, in a rational approach considering each project as a climate where the visible and invisible matters generate strong interactions. By the radicalism of the spaces it produces, the office seeks to develop an architectural paradigm based on the apprehension of invisible properties of our environment.

Nicolas Dorval-Bory (1980) graduated from the School of Architecture Paris Val de Seine in 2007. Since 2011, he teaches meteorological architecture alongside Philippe Rahm at the School of Architecture of Normandy and the School of Architecture of Versailles. In 2016, he has been awarded with the AJAP prize, from the french Ministère de la Culture, a biennial prestigious recognition for young architects.

Studio Weave is an award-winning RIBA Chartered architecture practice based in London. We balance a joyful, open-minded approach with technical precision to create a diverse body of work in the UK and abroad for public, private and commercial clients. We value idiosyncrasies in creating a sense of place, from the characteristics that make somewhere unique to the niche skills of people with a connection to the project. We aim to harness the strengths of each project and its team to create something distinctive and of exceptional quality.  

Studio Weave’s ethos is to recognise that each and every project is a transformation; we aim to make a place the best version of itself – allowing places to play to their strengths and not imposing preconceived ideals. We believe that the realisation of an idea is as important as the idea itself, and focus significant effort into finding innovative ways to realise our projects. Collaboration is key to our practice and we enjoy working closely with everyone involved in and affected by the design process, including clients, users, funders, contractors, consultants, and neighbours.

FALA is a naïve architecture practice based in porto, led by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja. Established in 2013, the atelier works with methodic optimism on a wide range of projects, from territories to birdhouses.

Its founders previously studied in Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto, ETH Zurich and Tokyo University, among others, and went along to practice beside renowned and influential architects such as Harry Gugger, SANAA, Toyo Ito or Atelier Bow-Wow.

While speculating about its own uncompromising horizon, FALA’s work is a medley of formal languages, references, colours and themes, only regulated by an obsession for clarity and consistency. The produced architecture is rhetorical in its aim but disciplined in its physical and emotional reach. Through precise and provocative proposals the atelier avoids the incoherence or arbitrariness of incompetent architecture and the precious intricacies of picturesqueness or expressionism.

Since its inception, FALA has worked on institutional, cultural and residential projects, utopian visions, furniture design and even designing hot-dog kiosks. Its work has been exhibited in a variety of international venues such as the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Chicago Architecture Biennale, as well as presented in lectures all around the globe. The atelier has been deeply involved in a wide range of curatorial and theoretical projects, both in Portugal and abroad, and currently teaches theory of architecture in Bratislava’s Faculty of Architecture.

Nicolai Bo Andersen Arkitekt works in the field between research, education and practice.   

The main subject is transformation of and additions to listed landscapes, cities and buildings. A central question is how historical, technical and aesthetic characteristics of our building culture can be transformed into a contemporary attention.  

The focal point is the poetic qualities of architecture. The direct, physical experience of materials, construction and space. Texture and gravity. Quietness and movement. Light and shadow.  

The aim is to unite phenomenological qualities, a strong spatial identity, and low resource consumption in a sustainable building culture.  

Nicolai Bo Andersen studied at The Cooper Union, New York and graduated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in 1998. He started teaching in 2000 and established own private practice in 2001.   

He has been Head of the Master's Program in Architectural Heritage, Transformation and Conservation at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture since 2016.   

Nicolai Bo Andersen has been awarded in numerous competitions and has published several articles on transformation and sustainable architecture. He participated in the Venice Biennale 2016.

Pascal Flammer’s Arbeiten zeichnen sich einerseits durch baustatische und konstruktive Auseinandersetzungen aus, sowie dem Versuch bestehende Raumtypologien aufzubrechen und auf deren innersten Kern eines Lebensvorschlages zu schälen und auszuarbeiten.

Diesen Themen widmet sich Pascal Flammer in seinem Architekturbüro wie auch in seiner zehn jährigen Lehrtätigkeit an der Accademia in Mendrisio, dem GSD an der Harvard Universität, dem Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam und zuletzt als Gastdozent an der ETH Zürich.

Men Duri Arquint hat das Studium der Architektur an der Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio absolviert, wo er 2004 sein Diplom bei den Professoren Kenneth Frampton (Columbia University, NYC) und Roberto Collovà erlangte. Von 2004 – 2010 war er Mitinhaber eines Architekturbüros in Mendrisio/Chiasso und seit 2010 unterhält er sein eigenes Architekturbüro in Chur und Ardez.
Men Duri Arquint lehrte in den Entwurfsklassen und Diplomklassen für Prof. Quintus Miller an der Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, der ETH Zürich und der IUAV in Venedig (2007-2011) und war zuvor Assistent von Prof. Aurelio Galfetti im Master of Advanced Studies in Territorial Architecture an der Accademia di Architettura. 
2009 war er Gastdozent an der HTW Chur. Seit 2008 ist er regelmässig als Gastkritiker und Referent an verschiedenen Hochschulen im In- und Ausland tätig. Er ist Mitglied von verschiedenen Fachkommissionen und seit 2015 Vorstandsmitglied der Domus Antiqua Helvetica, Sektion Rätia. 2

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Oda Pälmke hat an der Technischen Universität Berlin und an der Hochschule der Künste Berlin Architektur studiert. Von 1990–1996 war sie Projektleiterin im Büro Kollhoff und Timmermann, Berlin und führt seitdem ein eigenes Büro in Berlin.

Seit 1994 ist sie außerdem regelmäßig in der Lehre tätig und war Gastprofessorin an den Universitäten WAAC Washington, Cujay Havanna, EPFL Lausanne, HfbK Hamburg, TU Dortmund und BTU Cottbus. Seit 2014 lehrt sie Raumgestalt und Entwerfen an der TU Kaiserslautern.

Sie hat zahlreiche architektonische Projekte realisiert zumeist im Kontext von Kunst und Film. Zudem ist sie Autorin der Bücher "TYPEN Good, Bad and Ugly Houses" , "GANZ GUT Quite Good Huses", "FACADES" und "HAUS IDEAL- The Making Of" , in denen sie die typologisch-morphologischen Qualitäten unterschiedlichster Architekturen untersucht. Die Zeitschrift Arch+ widmete ihr das Arch+ features 22 mit dem Titel "Die Fiktionalisierung des Bestehenden".

Witherford Watson Mann started off their collaboration nearly twenty years ago, with a series of walks through the edges of London; since then, they have approached every project as an open-ended enquiry. They have no stock answers for how the change that their clients seek will translate into building; instead they find out through dialogue and adaptive design, helping progressive institutions realise their ambitions and reinforce their values. They distil the complexities of contemporary collectives, of urban sites and public processes into durable, economical solutions that remain open to future change.

Whether adapting an old furniture factory for Amnesty or shaping the city plan for London’s Olympic quarter, they have always made the most of what is already there, adding judiciously to maintain the distinctiveness of each place but transform its capacity. Their best known building, Astley Castle for the Landmark Trust, won the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for its distinctive entwining of past and present. A minimal new structure salvages the historic remains of the castle, and makes rooms enriched by eight centuries of change.

William Mann is a founding director of the studio. He studied architecture at Cambridge and Harvard. After working on archaeological sites in Rome and Egypt, he gained professional experience in London and Flanders, where he worked for Robbrecht en Daem Architecten, Ghent. William has written on London’s edge landscapes, social engineering, self-build, buildings’ nicknames, and the hybrid urbanism of Flanders for Archis, Oase and other magazines, as well as contributing chapters to several books on the relation between urban regeneration and social change. He was visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen in 2014.

Marie-José Van Hee (*1950, Ghent) studied architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas in Ghent (Hoger Architectuurinstituut Sint-Lucas).
She formed her own architecture studio in Ghent in 1976. Since 1990 her office collaborates on a regular basis with Robbrecht & Daem Architecten with whom they share a new atelier in the Lieremanstraat in Ghent. At the moment her studio has 7 collaborators who are working on projects of various scales. As a teacher in architectural design, Marie-José is connected to the Architecture Department of Sint-Lucas, the Academy for Science & Art (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Departement Architectuur Sint-Lucas).

In her work, Marie-José Van Hee renews the tradition of building to a timeless architecture. Thereby she devotes a particular amount of attention to space, natural materials and light.

She makes use of age-old elements such as the window, door, fireplace, staircase and gallery to anchor the house, the public building or even the city with life itself. The timelessness, which marks off her work from the crazes, makes the user or passer-by experience that architecture marks and means place for a unique spot.

Marie-José Van Hee is generally esteemed for the extraordinary quality of living that she achieves to incorporate in the buildings she designs. Not only their unpretentious nature and the self-evident way she catches the intimacy of living in stone and light, but also the reinventing of the townhouse typology as a cornerstone of the city of tomorrow, make her work unique.

Her designs for public buildings are less known. Nevertheless, one by one they also shape a humanistic vision on architecture and the city, namely the valorization of public space as a meeting space and the use of tranquil and authentic architecture to intensify the experience of light, space and human contact.

Marie-José Van Hee has participated in the 13th Biennale di Venezia on invitation of Sir David Chipperfield and has been nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Award 2013 (Market Hall Ghent BE) and in 1999 (Momu Antwerp BE). She has won numerous awards, among others the Provincial Prize for Architecture in 1993, 2003 and 2012 as well as the Biannual Culture Prize for Architecture of the Flemish Community in 1997. Since 2008 she is a member of the Royal Academy for Sciences and Art.1

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51N4E is a Brussels-based international practice that concerns itself with matters of architectural design, concept development and strategic spatial transformations. It is led by 2 partners - Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn - and is at present 22 people strong.
The office was founded in 1998 and gained renown through key projects such as Lamot (2005), TID Tower Tirana (2004- ), C-Mine (2010), Skanderbeg Square (2008) and BUDA factory (2012).
51N4E has been rewarded with different international prizes for the architectural projects, while it has recently engaged in the development of strategic visions for large-scale urban regions such as Bordeaux (50.000 dwellings), Brussels (Bruxelles Metropôle 2040) and Istanbul (Making City).
51N4E aspires to contribute, through means of design, to social and urban transformation.
Aline Neirynck, project lead for 51N4E will elaborate on renown projects such as C-Mine, BUDA factory and De Lork.

Die Architektur in Graubünden ist derzeit stark im Umbruch. Eine jüngere Generation arbeitet intensiv an ihrem Werk und positioniert sich mit innovativen Projekten inner- und außerhalb des Kantons.

Die einzelnen Architekten unterscheiden sich relativ stark in ihren architektonischen Haltungen. Doch widerspiegelt dies auch die starken wirtschaftlichen, regionalen, aber auch kulturellen Unterschiede im Kanton Graubünden.
Damit in abgelegenen oder finanziell schwächeren Regionen ein Gebäude erstellt werden kann, muss mit den zur Verfügung stehenden Ressourcen anders umgegangen werden. Nur schon die längeren Anfahrtswege ändern das wirtschaftliche System und es macht ökonomisch Sinn, mit den lokal vorhandenen Materialen und Handwerkern zu arbeiten. Die beiden Architekten Ramun Capaul und Gordian Blumenthal engagieren sich in ihren Projekten stark für den jeweiligen Ort. Sie verstehen ihre Projekte als kulturelle Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ort und den dort lebenden Menschen. So entwickelten sie bei ihrem in Stampflehm ausgekleideten Cinema Sil Plaz in Ilanz (2010) ein präzises Bauwerk, das in Ilanz ein neues soziales Zentrum schafft. Das Kino ist von einer derart hohen architektonischen Qualität, dass selbst bis nach Chur für Kino und Konzerte kein derartiger Raum zu finden ist. (aus Räumliche Strukturen, Junge Architektur in Graubunden, text Daniel E Walser)

Gordian Blumenthal, Jahrgang 1967, und Ramun Capaul, Jahrgang 1969, diplomierten an der ETH Zürich. 2000 gründeten sie ihr gemeinsames Büro in Ilanz.

Zu ihren Arbeiten gehören der Umbau der Casa da Meer in Lumbrein, das Cinema Sil Plaz in Ilanz und die Restaurierung des Türalihus in Valendas.
Zu ihren Erfolgen zählen unter anderem der Swiss Art Award 2008, der Hase in Gold 2010, der Architekturpreis „Farbe – Struktur – Oberfläche“ der Caparol GmbH, der Schweizer Architektur Award 2014 und der Hase in Bronze für Architektur 2014. 9

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Johan Celsing führt sein Büro Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor in Stockholm und eine Filiale in Malmö. Sein Architekturstudium schloss er 1980 an der Königlich Technischen Hochschule KTH in Stockholm ab. Ebendort ist er seit 2008 Professor für Entwerfen. Seit 1995 ist er Mitglied der Königlich Schwedischen Akademie der Künste. 2010 wurde er in die Königlich Schwedische Akademie der Wissenschaften gewählt.

Johan Celsing plädiert für eine – wie er es nennt – robuste Architektur. Er meint damit auch eine körperhafte Architektur, die geprägt ist von Solidität, Beherrschtheit und Handwerklichkeit. Vielmehr aber sieht er darin eine Alternative zu einer vermeintlich radikalen oder vor allem auf die äußere Erscheinung und visuelle Effekte ausgerichteten Architektur. Robustheit in diesem Sinne meint die substanzielle Dauerhaftigkeit eines Gebäudes genauso wie die funktionale und räumliche, indem es offen ist für andere Formen des Gebrauchs als der ursprünglich zugedachten. 1

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Adrian Streich hat mit Wohnbauten von sich reden gemacht.
Mit Wettbewerbserfolgen, wie für die städtische Siedlung Werdwies oder der Wohnsiedlung 'Kraftwerk 2‘ in Zürich avancierten Adrian Streich Architekten zu Experten für den gemeinnützigen Wohnungsbau.
„[…]es braucht eine gute Portion Beharrlichkeit und Fleiss.» Denn Wohnungen zu entwerfen sei eine feinmotorische Angelegenheit: «Es wird zwar in allen Ge- bäuden gelebt, auch in Verwaltungsbauten, aber so nah am all- täglichen Leben wie im Wohnungsbau ist man bei keiner anderen Bauaufgabe."
Adrian Streich studierte an der ETH Zürich Architektur. Danach Mitarbeit bei Burkhard Meyer und Assistenz bei Adrian Meyer an der ETH. 1997 Gründung des eigenen Büros Adrian Streich Architekten.

Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck und Jo Taillieu sind wichtige Protagonisten des innovativen Architekturdiskurses in Belgien. Mit bildlichen Inspirationen erzeugen sie Assoziationen, um einen rein deterministischen Pragmatismus zu vermeiden und die Grenzen der Architektur zu erweitern. Entwurf und Konstruktion sind in konstanter Entwicklung und reagieren ad hoc auf Vorschriften und Wünsche der Auftraggeberschaft. Die Architektur von De Vylder, Vinck und Taillieu ist nie ganz vollendet: Die Unvollständigkeit soll die Vorstellungskraft der NutzerInnen erweitern und ihnen die Freiheit geben, das Gebaute selber weiter zu gestalten. Diese Wandlungsfähigkeit ermöglicht neue Wege in der Planung, einzigartige Eingriffe in der Umsetzung sowie eine Vielschichtigkeit in der gebauten Architektur. 2

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David Kohn studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University, New York.
He established his own practice in 2007 and has taught architecture at the Cass School in London since 2006. Since 2014 he is a Visiting Professor at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture.

David has won various awards including two RIBA awards, World Interior of the Year 2013, UK House Architect of the Year 2010 and UK Young Architect of the Year 2009.

The work of Prof. López Cotelo (b. 1947) centers on the search for the essence of a place and its temporal dimension. This serves as a starting point to define the architectonic context in order to integrate new elements into existing architecture.

After studying architecture at the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM), Prof. López Cotelo spent two years gaining experience in the profession, notably at the practice of G. Behnisch in Munich. In 1972, he returned to Madrid and worked at the firm of Alejandro de la Sota.
In 1979, he founded his own architectural practice in Madrid. From 1983 to 1986, he lectured in design at ETSAM. In 1993, he was a visiting professor at the Chair of Design and Conservation of Historical Buildings at TUM. In 1995, he succeeded Prof. Joseph Wiedemann and Prof. Dr. Otto Meitinger as full professor of this Chair.

Victor López Cotelo is a member of the Colegio oficial de Arquitectura Madrid (COAM), an associate member of the Association of Bavarian Architects (BDA), a correspondent member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and a member of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin – Architecture section.


Assemble is a design & architecture collective based in London. Established originally to undertake a single self-built project, it has developed into a diverse practice whilst maintaining a cooperative structure that enables both agile and critical, urban interventions.

At the heart of Assemble’s working practice is a belief in the importance of addressing the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which spaces are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and accomplice in the on-going realization of the work.

The studio is a collaborative practice; Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge from Germany and Sam Chermayeff from New York. The two met at SANAA in Tokyo where they worked from 2005 to 2010. Their new venture, June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, begins with a desire to make things, places and atmospheres for people. The office and work aims to have people relate to architecture, for architecture to relate to people and for people to relate to themselves. June14 searches for an understanding of different ways of living and working in the contemporary world. The work stems from a belief that architecture can make things happen and that things can happen to architecture. The office is an exchange with its users. It is open to new ideas.

Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker started working together in 2001 in London. In 2009 established ESTAR, an architecture and landscape architecture practice based in Santiago de Compostela.

The work of the studio seeks rigour and precision across a wide range of scales, specializing in delicate work in cities and territories of historic and cultural value. Recent realized project include the CAMINHO DA CIDADE, a 25 km pedestrian route around the UNESCO world heritage city of Guimarães, Portugal, GARDENCOLLECTIVE, an urban garden in Lausanne, Switzerland and ROTUNDA, an intervention in a forest in Grand-Métis en Quebec, Canada.

ESTAR has recently has won first prize in the international competition for the transformation of a XVIII century horse riding hall into a civic building in the historic centre of Geneva, Switzerland and was also commissioned CASAS DO REGO, the transformation of a XVIII century tannery in Santiago de Compostela.

The atelier Barão-Hutter, was founded in 2010 in a small container in Zurich, after having won five competitions. With quickly growing projects and projects on site, the practice moved into the former building of a butcher. Today the practice is based in St. Gallen. Ivo Mendes Barão Teixeira and Peter Hutter design architecture, that reacts to the specific qualities of the given context, may it be a city or landscape. Their intention always is to realise strong architectonic ideas, that are both atmospheric and narrative. For them architecture is always supposed to be enduring, as it decisively shapes our environment and culture and by that the life of many people.

OMMX is a Royal Institute of British Architects Chartered Practice. We design buildings, rooms and objects, all concerned with architecture’s capacity to hold the collective and individual rituals of everyday life. Each project, regardless of scale or site, registers with an understanding of context through architectural detail and an ongoing investigation into material, composition and experiential quality.

The office has worked on private residences, offices, public spaces, exhibitions and shops. The directors, Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez both studied at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association, and have been working together since graduating. In recognition of their work at OMMX, both directors have been appointed Design Fellows and Studio Masters at Cambridge.

BudCud is a contemporary practice operating within the fields of architecture and urbanism. BudCud was established in 2007 by Mateusz Adamczyk and Michał Palej. Currently the office is led by Mateusz and Agata Wozniczka. Our projects are logical and professional elaborations of better and sustainable reality in modern times, designed for the future inhabitants who benefit from a new environment. BudCud’s design process is a constant evaluation of a rational model scheme, defined by both context and experimentation.We are heavily influenced by the project environment, which makes BudCud proposals contextually conscious, but not naive. Implementing such a strategy results in something that is both unusual and unique. Our world is immense and multifaceted.We are determined to make architecture an integral part of it.We can make it happen! BudCud is located in Kraków, Poland.

UNULAUNU (one to one) is Romina Grillo, Ciprian Rasoiu, Liviu Vasiu, Matei Vlasceanu and Tudor Vlasceanu.

We first joined forces in 2010 driven by a simple wish of doing architecture and later we found enough commune and also conflictual points to convince that we should work together. Besides own projects we enriched our experience working in offices like: OMA / Rem Koolhaas, Christian Kerez and Valerio Olgiati, and collaborating with offices from Paris, Dubai, Zurich, Oslo, Berlin, Bruxelles and Stuttgart.

Our first project was the competition and building of the architectural exhibition in the national pavilion of Romania at the Biennale di Architettura of Venice 2010. The success at the prestigious exhibition and the fruitful collaboration gave us the opportunity to start an office.

PIOVENEFABI is an architectural office. Founded in 2013 in Milan, it is led by two partners: Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene.

The office works in national and international contexts and is active in the field of architecture, urban research, territorial visions and design. The office activity develops through commissions, competitions, publications, workshops and teaching.

One of many ideas I contemplate recently: rain falls from the sky, at times the rain irritates me, and then I desire a way to keep the rain off of my face, from ruining my books and from watering down my wine.

I like to think of what shape of roof best expresses this predicament of our desire to stop rain from coming into our houses. History offers us thousands of fascinating precedents and I wish to wholeheartedly continue the investigation. Then - just because this might be a singular and strong impetus in the design of a house, I am unfettered to devote my care and attention to the development of all other elements with a similar level of concentration – in the end enriching the work with perhaps hundreds of interwoven, potentially contradictory patterns of consideration.

GRUPPE is an architecture and design practice established by Christoph Junk, Boris Gusic and Nicholas Lobo Brennan in Zurich in 2010. Their work is concerned with thinking through building and the inherently political nature of architecture. They see architecture as a way of thinking and acting, where the gathering of materials is inseparable from the assembly of people. They are currently working on a timber house by lake Lucerne, and a stone house in Ticino. GRUPPE teach together at ETH Zurich. They have been visiting critics at architecture schools in Switzerland, UK and the Netherlands. They are the winners of the 2012 Swiss Art Award for Architecture, exhibited during Art Basel 2012, and shortlisted for Lisbon 2013 Triennale Debut Award.