Talks and discussion | Angela Deuber, Adrien Verscheure, Andrea Zanderigo and Lee Ivett
Top Floor, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art, 78 Westport, Edinburgh EH1 2LE
Saturday 02 July 2016 | Doors open 13:45 - 17:30

Poster | Admission £5

Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom
Architecture Fringe 2016
Reiach & Hall Architects

What drives the architect and what is architecture? These question have engaged the passions of the profession since its birth. At certain moments in history the answers have been clear, today they are highly contested. Architects find themselves gathered into camps, each with some idea of the defining feature of the discipline, but frustrated by the lack of space in which to produce great work. For some architecture is about meeting human and social needs, for others it is about excellence in building. There are also those who argue that architecture is at its core an artistic or aesthetic enterprise concerned with more than the simple appearance of things. The AE Foundation has organised an afternoon of public discussion, as part of the Fringe Festival of Architecture 2016. The debates will explore the values driving some of the most interesting emerging international practices of today.

Angela Deuber studied at the ETH in Zurich from 1997 to 2002. She has directed her own office in Chur since 2010. From 2007 to 2010 she was an assistant at ETH Zurich for Prof. Annette Spiro and for Prof. Christian Kerez. In 2012 she was appointed as a lecturer at Lucerne University. Her office has produced a number of significant buildings and projects, including: 2013 School building in Thal, 2012 Conversion of a late medieval House in Stuls, 2012 multi-purpose hall Seefeld in Buochs.

Adrien Verscheure is a co-founder of the architecture firm ‘Made in’ Geneva, prize winners of the Swiss Federal Art & Architecture Award in 2006. From 2003 until 2006 he taught at the EPFL Switzerland, was a design architect in the office of Herzog & de Meuron, Basel from 2000-2003, and collaborated with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture – Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam, until 2001. In 2008 he established his own architectural office – Baukunst in Brussels.

Andrea Zanderigo is a partner at Baukuh, which he cofounded in Genoa in 2004, with, among others Pier Paolo Tamburelli. He was previously employed as an assistant to Stefano Boeri at IUAV, worked for ZD6, and is visiting professor at PUSA in Halab, Syria, teaching architectural and interior design. Since 2009, he has been working for the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland. Zanderigo has lectured and taught in many universities and institutions worldwide.

Lee Ivett founded the participatory architecture firm, Baxendale. His mode of practice is intensely generative, developing low-budget socially-focused projects from scratch largely for working class communities in around Glasgow. He works with artists, makers, dancers, growers, academics and musicians to create work within the home, the public realm, the theatre and the gallery. His projects include Woodlands Community Garden and he is a tutor of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art.


Lecture and discussion | Marie-José Van Hee and David Kohn
Wednesday 30 September 2015 | Faculty of Architecture KU Leuven Brussels

Poster | Video

Faculty of Architecture, University of Leuven – KU Leuven, Brussels
Alan Dunlop Architect
Reiach & Hall Architects

Marie-José Van Hee and David Kohn will discuss design approaches that foreground human life and the passage of time in architecture, illustrated by their own projects. From conversations with clients to the tracing of a line in a sketch, from gauging the pitch of a façade to the framing of late afternoon light, they will explore a shared concern for placing inhabitation centre stage and the process by which a humanistic vision of architecture and the city can be achieved. They will consider if this approach offers resistance against the acceleration and systematisation of design processes in contemporary practice.

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.

Marie-José Van Hee studied at Sint-Lucas Ghent and formed her own practice in 1975. She has been a Professor at Sint-Lucas and received various architecture prizes including the Provincial Prize for Architecture. Since 1990 her office has worked on a number of projects with Robbrecht & Daem Architecten with whom she shares an office. Currently she employs 8-10 collaborators who are working on projects for public buildings, private houses and urban development.


Exhibition | Eight houses for the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Saturday 08 until Thursday 13 November 2014 | Whitespace Edinburgh

Poster | Exhibition | Catalogue

The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom
Reiach & Hall Architects

ISLAND presents new and original house designs by Angela Deuber, Pascal Flammer, Christ & Gantenbein, Neil Gillespie, Johannes Norlander, Raumbureau and Raphael Zuber. Following a series of discussions and events the AE Foundation has invited each architect to design a house for real clients living or moving to the Isle of Harris. The speculative designs have been produced to provoke architects, the Hebridean people and the wider community to re-imagine how we might live in this particular environment.

Angela Deuber studied at the ETH in Zurich from 1997 to 2002. She has directed her own office in Chur since 2010. From 2007 to 2010 she was an assistant at ETH Zurich for Prof. Annette Spiro and for Prof. Christian Kerez. In 2012 she was appointed as a lecturer at Lucerne University. Her office has produced a number of significant buildings and projects, including: 2013 School building in Thal, 2012 Conversion of a late medieval House in Stuls, 2012 multi-purpose hall Seefeld in Buochs.

Pascal Flammer studied at the ETH Zurich, Lausanne and at the TU in Delft. He has traveled extensively and opened his practice in 2005 and has won several national and international awards. Pascal gained his experience through his time at Valerio Olgiati, where he worked from 1998 until 2005. He has taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, the GSD at Harvard University and at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. He is currently teaching at the ETH Zurich.

Christ & Gantenbein was established in 1998. Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein together with six associates and team of thirty-five architects work on a wide range of projects from private commissions, renovation of historic buildings to housing, office buildings, bridges and large scale urban masterplans. After many teaching positions in Switzerland and abroad, both accepted professorships at the ETH Zurich in 2010 and have published several books on their work and teaching.

Neil Gillespie is design director of Reiach and Hall Architects who are based in Edinburgh. Reiach and Hall Architects were founded in the late 1960s and continues to pursue a modernism that is based on contemporary practice while attempting to root itself in traditions that stem from a more local culture and practice. Neil is also a Visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen and an academician of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Johannes Norlander qualified from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture in Stockholm. He is best known for Villa Alta, which received several awards and attention in Sweden and internationally. The house is located in Nacka, just outside Stockholm and has been called naive post-minimalism. He is also known for his furniture for which he has won among other awards, the Bruno Mathsson prize. His most well known pieces are chairs Dartanjang and Waiter.

Raumbureau was established by Rolf Jenni and Tom Weiss in 2009. They both studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Biel and urbanism at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. They have taught at the ETH Zurich and currently teach at the University of Applied Sciences in Zürich and Basel. They explore architecture and its relationship with the city by means of a common and rational language with an emphasis on producing public works.

Raphael Zuber studied at ETH Zurich from 1996 to 2001. In 2003 he opened his own office in Chur. His first building is the schoolhouse Grono, completed in 2011. His projects include the ethnographic museum Neuchâtel, office building in Monte Carasso and the University Campus in Mendrisio. He has taught at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, ETH Zurich and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.


Lecture | Emmanuel Petit, Sven-Olov Wallenstein and Dirk van den Heuvel
Friday 24 October 2014 | Ludoteca Venice

Poster | Video

The Scottish Government
Creative Scotland
The British Council
Reiach & Hall Architects

Curated by Reaich & Hall Architects, Scotland + Venice presents OUTSIDERS (Group 4) with an evening of talks and discussion on the work of second generation Modernists and their impact on architectural thinking in the United Kingdom and Europe. The event will begin with a series of short lectures by leading scholars followed by a round-table discussion chaired by Penny Lewis looking at the issue of Modernity in the post-war period. Architects during this period operated within a culture in which there was a strong sense of a collective social project – the welfare state – and yet a small number of emerging and established architects chose not to legitimise their professional activity through Welfarism. Their task was to revitalise architecture at its core. In their own way, James Stirling, the Smithsons and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe were at the forefront in setting the agenda for a reconstructed idea of modern culture tied to the history of innovation, intellectualism, will and agency. Their stance was, as with all significant artists, to give a voice and form to their particular epoch.

Emmanuel Petit is an architect, writer, and teacher. He is editor of Philip Johnson: The Constancy of Change and is the editor of Schlepping through Ambivalence: Writings on an American Architectural Condition, a book of Stanley Tigerman’s collected essays. Petit is the author of the book Irony, or, The Self-Critical Opacity of Postmodern Architecture and has recently been appointed Sir Banister Fletcher Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Sven-Olov Wallenstein is professor of Philosophy at Södertörn University. His areas of research include aesthetic theory, Architecture and Modernity, German Idealism, phenomenology, and modern philosophies of desire, power, and subjectivity. Works in progress include translations of Diderot’s Salons and essays on art, Hegel’s Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts, and Adorno’s Negative Dialektik and Ästhetische Theorie. He is editor-in-chief of Site Magazine.

Dirk van den Heuvel is associate professor at TU Delft. His expertise is in the field of postwar modern architecture. His output includes ‘Team 10 – In Search of a Utopia of the Present’ and ‘Alison and Peter Smithson – from the House of the Future to a house of today’. He has co-curated the Dutch entry for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Open: A Bakema Celebration reflecting on the idea of an open society through the work and research of Jaap Bakema.


Panel discussion | Álvaro Siza, Sérgio Fernandez, Jorge Figueira, Luis Urbano, Bruno Silvestre
Including Ruptura Silenciosa a Luis Urbano film
Thursday 09 October 2014 | ESALA Edinburgh

Poster | Video | Ruptura Silenciosa

RSA | Royal Scottish Academy
ESALA | Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
GSA | The Mackintosh School of Architecture
RGU | Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment

Professor Ian Wall
Alan Dunlop Architect
Reiach & Hall Architects
Page/Park Architects
Ian Springford Architects

The AE Foundation is proud to present a discussion on the in pre-revolution experiences of Álvaro Siza and Sérgio Fernandez seen through the lense of the architectural and political culture of the time. “In the Portugal of the 1940s and 1950s, two developments lent depth to the feeling of at least one group of architects that the country’s architecture was falling into a set of empty stylistic patterns. The fascist dictatorship of the Estado Novo had adopted a narrow range of models by reference to which they were able to promulgate a homogeneous state style – monumental, quasi-neoclassical in appearance. In reaction architects, led initially by Keil Amaral and later including Tavora produced a thick survey called ‘Arquitectura Popular em Portugal’, in which they documented, region by region, the varieties of vernacular architecture in Portugal. What they sought was a form of building without resort to “style,” or what they called “constants,” by which to understand formal norms. In the introduction they deny the importance of type. They are afraid that from types a “Portuguese architecture” might be sought and reified into a code, just as the state had done with its models. Siza’s architecture emerged from an epoch that sought to recover from the betrayals of language and the misuse of history.” Author: Robert Levit 1996

Álvaro Siza Vieira is an internationally renowned architect whose buildings, designs and structures are characterized by a quiet clarity of form and function, a sensitive integration into their environment, and a purposeful engagement with both cultural and architectural traditions. Unusually for an architect of such international standing, Siza has deliberately kept his studio small to ensure his attention to every project. He was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1992.

Sérgio Fernandez studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Porto, and participated as a student in the CIAM (International Congress of Modern Architecture) in Otterloo in 1959. He is an Architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Minho and Professor Emeritus at FAUP. He teaches seminars in the Netherlands, USSR, Angola, Brazil and Panama and is Author of “Portuguese Architecture, 1930/1974″ and has published widely in Portugal and abroad.

Jorge Figueira is an architect and educator. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Porto (FAUP) and is Director and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, where he has taught since 1992. in 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate at the University of Coimbra with a thesis entitled ‘The Perfect Periphery. Post-modernity in Portuguese Architecture, 1960-1980′.

Luis Urbano graduated in architecture from the University of Coimbra, from where he later concluded a post-graduation in ‘Advanced Studies: Architecture, Territory and Memory’. In 1999 he began teaching in the Faculty of Architecture at University of Porto, where he is currently developing his research and his PhD. Since then he has also been lecturing and delivering papers in conferences and meetings, chiefly focusing on the intersections between architecture and cinema.

Bruno Silvestre studied at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he graduated in 2000. Before setting up his own practice in 2010, he worked for Pedro Mauricio Borges and Manuel Graça Dias + Egas Vieira in Lisbon before joining Henley Hale-Brown Rorrison in London in 2003. in 2010 he founded his own London based practice and is currently involved in projects in UK and Portugal. Bruno is presently a lecturer at Kingston School of Architecture.


Panel discussion | Laurent Stalder, Mario Carpo, Adrian Forty and François Charbonnet
Saturday 28 June 2014 | Cass Faculty of Architecture London

Poster | Video

The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom

This panel discussion is a compliment to an exhibition called ‘Young Swiss Public’ curated by James Payne – senior lecturer at the Cass School of Architecture. Currently, there is a consensus that the role of the architects as the director of the process of making buildings, or the sole author, is largely outdated. Many UK architects bemoan the marginalisation of the architect in the construction industry and look to Switzerland and Swiss architects as a glorious remnant of a past golden age. In academia, particularly in the US but increasingly in Europe too, the shift in the position of the architect has been explained as an inevitable change driven by developments in the way that buildings are produced, in particular the ‘digital turn’. The development of a more collaborative approach to design management and construction is often understood as a progressive move associated with an age which places greater value on process and equity than individual intellectual property. A century ago we were told that the process of mechanisation would transform the role of the artist and the architect and yet it gave rise to the ‘Modern Masters’. Is talk of ‘marginalisation’ defeatist or necessary?

Laurent Stalder graduated from the ETH in 1996. From 1997 to 2001 he was assistant at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at the ETH where he was awarded his PhD in 2002. In the same year he became an assistant professor for architectural history at the History Department of the Université Laval in Québec. In 2006 he took up a post as assistant professor for architectural theory at the gta Institute, where he has served as associate professor since 2011.

Mario Carpo graduated from the University of Florence in 1983 in architectural history. He was a doctoral researcher at the EUI from 1984 to 1987, an assistant professor at the University of Geneva, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 2009, and Vincent Scully visiting professor of Architectural History at Yale University since 2010. His research focuses on the relationship between architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology.

Adrian Forty is professor of Architectural History at The Bartlett, University College London. He is the Programme Director of the MSc programme in Architectural History. Forty’s interest lies in architecture’s role in societies and cultural contexts and includes work on the design of consumer goods; on language and architecture; and on architecture, and collective memory. He has published widely since the 1980′s and has become an important figure in architectural history and culture.

François Charbonnet is co-founder along with Patrick Heiz of the architecture studio Made in, based in Geneva, Switzerland. After graduating from the ETH Zurich he collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron and OMA, Rem Koolhaas before setting up his own office in 2003. In addition to his practise, he is a frequent lecturer and has been a visiting professor at the EPF Lausanne (2010-2011), the ETH Zurich (2011-2013) and the Accademia di Archittetura, Mendrisio (2014-2015).


Lecture | Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten
Thursday 22 May 2014 | Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Poster | Video

Robert Gordon University
57º10 Architecture Society

Oliver Lütjens met his partner Thomas Padmanabhan in the Basel office of Diener & Diener, and they also both worked for Meili Peter before setting up together in 2007. Both teach part time as assistants to professors at the ETH University in Zürich – the financial lifeline for so many young Swiss offices. Lütjens teaches with Adam Caruso, and Padmanabhan with Peter Märkli – relationships that have clearly complemented their own work. The recent work of Lütjens Padmanabhan Architects focuses on housing in the residential districts surrounding the cities of Zürich, Basel and Munich. Despite their love for a more refined, urbane architecture, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan have light-heartedly embraced the fact that most of their commissions are set in the mundane anonymity of suburbia. Their interest in complex architectural expression has distanced the practice from the craft-oriented mainstream of Swiss architecture. The current projects explore the impossible task of reconciling the autonomy of the exterior facade with the typological uncertainty of interior spaces and loose urban contexts.

Oliver Lütjens graduated in architecture from ETH Zürich in 2002. Before founding Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten in Zürich with Thomas Padmanabhan in 2007, he worked for Diener & Diener in Basel, Meili Peter Architekten in Zürich and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. He is currently teaching as head assistant with Adam Caruso at ETH Zürich. Both have written for San Rocco and in 2012 were part of the San Rocco group exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Thomas Padmanabhan graduated from Aachen University, then Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, and Cornell University in 2000. He worked for Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York, Meili Peter Architekten in Zürich and Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel. In 2007, he founded Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten in Zürich with Oliver Lütjens. Until 2013 he taught as assistant with Peter Märkli and Markus Peter at ETH Zürich. He is an active critic and lectures internationally.


Lecture | Irina Davidovici and Micha Bandini introduced by Jonathan Sergison
Friday 11 October 2013 | Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio

Poster | AJ article

OSA | Associazione studenti Accademia di Mendrisio
Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio

History has traditionally been a constituent part of architectural education, yet its status has been and remains challenged. Whereas modernist teachers were preoccupied with progress and mechanisation, often at the behest of history, it was the relativism of postmodern thinking that rendered history positively flat. Now, in many schools of architecture historical studies have been objectified so that they can be used as a tool to inform design method and stylistic pursuits, or its study has ventured so far into the realms of other disciplines and political movements that it often avoids the fundamental concerns of the discipline. The architect’s history curriculum needs to be considered in the light of the broader collapse of historical thinking in which history is no longer something that we are part of, that we have a role in shaping, but has become an artefact. In this culture how are we to teach students of architecture the importance of history?

Irina Davidovici is an architect and writer. She grew up in Romania and completed her training in the UK. After working in the office of Herzog & de Meuron, she gained her doctorate at Cambridge University in 2008. She is recipient of the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis. She taught history and theory of architecture at Kingston University from 2008 to 2012, and besides numerous essays, is the author of Forms of Practice, German-Swiss Architecture 1980–2000.

Micha Bandini is an architect, urban planner and artist based in Tuscany. In 1967 she enrolled at Rome where she also assisted Bruno Zevi. After graduating she taught design with professor Ludovico Quaroni and worked for Giuseppe Samona. In 1979 she joined the Architectural Association where she founded and co-directed the History and Theory Graduate Programme for the following 14 years. In 1990 she became the Head of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of North London.


Lecture | Luigi Snozzi and Daniel Serafimovski
Thursday 16 May 2013 | Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Poster | Video

Robert Gordon University
57º10 Architecture Society

Renowned Swiss architect Luigi Snozzi is highly respected in the architectural community, and is known as an individual with great integrity and generosity of spirit. In conversation together with guest lecturer and architect Daniel Serafimovski, the event promises to be a rich experience of the vital relationship between architecture and society. Luigi Snozzi is perhaps best known for his unique and longstanding relationship with the Swiss mountain town Monte Carasso, where he worked with the Mayor and community for over 35 years to establish a new urban plan and regulatory framework for the future development of the settlement. Since then he has worked with several international collaborators and friends – a long list of esteemed architects including Paolo Mendes da Rocha in Brazil and Alvaro Siza in Portugal – to establish an architecture that still engages social and political issues in visceral city projects across the globe. Luigi Snozzi together with Daniel Serafimovski will explore his more recent ideologies, buildings and urban inventions. Far from being a reflection of a body of work, this discussion aims to refresh the spirit of resistance lacking in contemporary architecture.

Luigi Snozzi is one of the most respected and highly regarded architects in Europe. Born in 1932 in Mendrisio, Switzerland, he studied with Livio Vacchini and Aurelio Galfetti at the ETH in Zürich, and started his architectural practice in the late 1950s in Locarno. One of his most acclaimed works is the long term urban redevelopment of the historical town Monte Carasso in Ticino. A tireless critic he has exhibited internationally since 1993 winning numerous prizes and awards.

Daniel Serafimovski is a senior lecturer at the Cass School of Architecture in London where he runs a Postgraduate Design Unit with Pierre d’Avoine. He was visiting professor at KNUA, Seoul, and is associated with the Royal Danish Academy. His work has two parallel strands: residential projects and a series of prototypes of ‘architectural figures’. His design research, writing and teaching is based on understanding of architecture as art. He is presently working on a momograph on Luigi Snozzi.


Lecture | Martino Tattara of DOGMA and Gabriele Mastrigli
Friday 23 November 2012 | ESALA Edinburgh

Poster | Video

EUSAS | The Edinburgh University Student Architecture Society

Whether through research or speculative projects, concrete proposals or large-scale visions, this event will address the possibility of a critical approach to architecture and the city as a necessary ground for the production of ideas and models that question the status-quo and contribute to the development of our society. Contrary to a dominant problem-solving approach of a large portion of today’s architectural production, the discipline has often, in the past, been characterised by a complimentary attitude, which is less subservient to political authority and is not detached from the possibility of questioning the current condition and contributing to its transformation. Dogma was founded in 2002 is led by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara. From the beginning of its activities, Dogma has worked on the relationship between architecture and the city by focusing mostly on urban design and large-scale projects. Parallel to the design projects, the members of Dogma have intensely engaged with teaching, writing, and research, activities that have been an integral part of the office’s engagement with architecture. Gabriele Mastrigli has written many texts in books and magazines in tandem with Aureli and Tattara offering a broad historic understanding of Italian architectural culture.

Martino Tattara is the co-founder of DOGMA and head of research & teaching at ETH Studio Basel where he teaches with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Before joining Studio Basel he taught at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and was visiting professor at the Università di Cagliari. His theoretical work focuses on the relationship between architecture and large-scale urban design. He has widely published and lectures on topics related to the project of the city.

Gabriele Mastrigli is an architect and critic based in Rome. He teaches Theory and Architectural Design at the University of Camerino and previously taught Theory at Cornell University and the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam. His articles and essays appeared in the national Italian daily “il manifesto” and various magazines including “Domus”, “Log and Lotus international” and is currently writing a monograph about the Florentine radical group Superstudio.


Lecture | Pier Vittorio Aureli and Penny Lewis
Thursday 17 May 2012 | Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Poster | Video

Robert Gordon University

The contribution of architecture to the contemporary city is unclear. Even the master plan is contentious. In education we debate whether it is possible to set out grand visions or whether it is more appropriate to suggest the possibility of small scale incremental change. In practice the architect has been encouraged to understand his or her role as the ‘repairer’ of cities following the ‘disruption’ of modernisation and deindustrialisation. Is it possible to re-imagine architecture outside of these formal and cultural conventions? In discussion with Penny Lewis, Aureli will explore the relationship between architecture and the city.

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His projects, research, writings and teaching focus on the relationship between architectural form, political theory, and urban history. He teaches at the Architectural Association and has taught at Columbia University, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, and Delft University of Technology. Together with Martino Tattara, Aureli is the co-founder of DOGMA, an office focused on the project of the city.

Penny Lewis is a lecturer in architectural theory and history at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture. Previously she was editor of Prospect, the Scottish architecture magazine from 2003-2008. She writes for a variety of publications on a range of cultural issues and is currently writing the text for the Phaidon World Atlas covering Spain and Switzerland. She is the founder of the St.Peters Preservation Trust and in 2011 co-founded the AE Foundation.


Lecture | Raphael Zuber and Christoph Gantenbein
Friday 04 May 2012 | Dundee Contemporary Arts

Poster | Video

Since the exhibtion ‘Teaching Architecture: 3 positions made in Switzerland’ and the subsequent publication of the accompanying award winning books, ‘Important Buildings’ by Raphael Zuber and ‘Hong Kong Typology’ and ‘Pictures from Italy’ by Christ & Gantenbein’, it has become evident that the conception of their architectural ideas are influenced by careful and detailed observation of existing buildings. Extensive travel has exposed them to a variety of exemplary buildings the study of which has focused their ability to decipher rich architectural configurations and to make precise personal judgements in the designs they create. In this lecture both architects will present plans and photographs of a building that has been important to them personally. Using the two examples as a starting point the following discussion will examine the general qualities of buildings through the shared lens of fundamental architectural principles, personal preferences and experience.

Raphael Zuber studied architecture until 2001 at ETH Zurich. In 2003 he opened his own practice in Chur. His first major building is the schoolhouse in Grono. His articles and works have been published in several journals including 2G, Quaderns and Werk Bauen und Wohnen. He taught as a guest lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in 2006 and as a guest professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2009.

Christoph Gantenbein established Christ & Gantenbein with Emanuel Christ in 1998. Together with their four associates and a team of 35 architects, they work on a wide range of projects: from private assignments, renovation of historic buildings to housing, office buildings and bridges as well as large scale masterplans. After many teaching assignments in Switzerland and abroad, Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein took up professorships at the ETH Zurich in 2010.


Lecture | Rolf Jenni, Tom Weiss of Raumbureau and Jan Kinsbergen
Friday 10 February 2012 | The Mackintosh School of Architecture Glasgow

Poster | Video

GSA | Mackintosh School of Architecture
MASS | Mackintosh Architecture Students Society

Present-day architectural debate and production in Switzerland is dominated by a tendency to indulge regressive traditional imagery. Hidden within a deeply rooted culture of consensus and in unquestioning accord with the demands of the market, conventionalist values are established in order to resist the equalizing power and the uncertainty brought by globalization. Thus current architecture epitomizes a morally motivated suspicion toward anything experimental or radical. In opposition, Rolf Jenni, Tom Weiss and Jan Kinsbergen share the conviction, that architecture is itself the frame within which alternative forms of life and visions for the society are revealed and debated. They push the boundaries of convention because they believe that it has always been radical disciplinary thinking that advances architectural production. Their critique is not limited to Switzerland. It is an analysis of a general culture of relativism that regards the individual creative endeavor as a reoccurring spectacle, rather than a means to progress.

Rolf Jenni and Tom Weiss established Raumbureau in 2008. They studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Biel (Prof. Ralph Thut) and urbanism at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (Prof. Elia Zenghelis). They teach at the ETH Studio Basel and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. In their practice they explore the field of architecture and its relationship with the city and the territory by means of a common and rational architecture.

Jan Kinsbergen studied Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, received his degree in Architecture in 1993 (Prof. Hans Kollhoff), worked for Steven Holl Architects in New York 1994-1999 and in 2000 established his own firm in New York and 2002 in Zurich. He has had teaching appointments at GSAPP Columbia University and ETH Zurich. His work has been nominated for several awards and has been exhibited and published internationally.


Lecture | Mike Davies of Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners and Kester Rattenbury
Wednesday 07 December 2011 | ESALA Edinburgh

Poster | Video

ESALA | Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Forty years ago the Pompidou Centre competition was a source of optimism. Despite the economic uncertainty, a young practice, a radical design solution and the vital public debate around the project evoked a positive attitude to new technology and innovative design ideas. Over the past four decades the Pompidou has been widely discussed. It is said to mark a shift in attitudes to urban design, to the idea of the art museum and the concept of flexible space. This discussion will focus on the question of technology and public attitudes to technology and how they have changed since 1971. Mike Davies and Kester Rattenbury will discuss the significance of the building. Mike, a director of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, worked for six years on the Pompidou Centre and then Lloyd’s, INMOS and London’s Heathrow. Kester Rattenbury co-produced Supercrit 3 on the Pompidou Centre in April 2005 – the proceedings of which are to be published by Routledge.

Mike Davies has worked with Richard Rogers and the practice for over 37 years and has been involved with virtually all the projects it has undertaken. He worked on the Pompidou Centre, Paris in the 1970s and was project architect for the adjacent Institute for Research & Co-ordination in Acoustics & Music. In the UK he worked on Lloyd’s, and the Terminal 1 expansion at London’s Heathrow Airport. Mike’s expertise includes urban design, technology, research and development.

Kester Rattenbury is an architectural journalist, critic and writer. After training as an architect she became an architectural journalist, working first at Building Design, then freelance, writing regularly for the Architects Journal where she is now a consulting editor. She is Reader in Architecture at the University of Westminster and was principal investigator on the Archigram Archival Project. She co-produced Supercrit 3 on the Pompidou Centre in April 2005.


Lecture | Neil Gillespie of Reiach and Hall Architects with John Haldane
Friday 21 October 2011 | Baxter Park Pavilion Dundee

Poster | Video

ADAS | Association of Dundee Architecture Students

This is the second in a series of lectures aimed at bringing together international practitioners and thinkers to debate the role of the architect in public life. Architect Neil Gillespie will explore the idea of doubt and certainty with help from eminent Professor of Philosophy John Haldane. Doubt, melancholy and ‘the North’ inform much of Neil Gillespie’s practice. He has found the question of doubt provocative in both his design work, his teaching and his collaborations with artists. Doubt has always been an essential ingredient of any public life whether it was 14th century Italy or modern Scotland. An open, questioning society in which doubt can be freely expressed develops the resources to deal with shifts and changes in economic and social life. Contemporary architecture is commissioned in the context of a very narrow concept of public life. Neil Gillespie, John Haldane and a public audience will explore the issue of doubt, contemporary culture and role and work of the architect.

Neil Gillespie is in the vanguard of a new Scottish architecture intent on bringing vitality to its designs – while at the same time adding an international dimension to Scottish architecture. The work of Reiach and Hall, has a diversity of role and function atypical of most contemporary practices. As Design Director, Gillespie carefully emphasises the conditions for dialogue and reconstructs, layer by layer, a visual and formal resolution that avoids the artificial.

John Haldane is a leading Scottish philosopher, commentator and broadcaster. He was appointed to the University of St Andrews in 1983 where since 1994 he has held the title of Professor in Philosophy. From 2002 to the present he has been Director of the University Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Haldane is a patron of the arts who has collected for over three decades and has written a number of respected texts on contemporary art practice.


Lecture | Pascal Flammer with James Payne of Archipelago Architects
Tuesday 15 March 2010 | Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Poster | Video

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Conversations is our first attempt to bring together interesting emerging architects to discuss their work and their ideas in detail and to demonstrate to students the importance of being able to communicate clearly. The two are architects first and teachers second. They have to persuade and convince a number of different individuals of the validity of their work as creative individuals and professionals. Unlike the common perception that the architect is either a commercial pragmatist or a creative genius, shrouding their work in mystery, our invited architects aim to confound these stereotypes and to explain that the novel in their work is based in a deep understanding of the rational. Architecture can be explained and can be understood by everyone. Flammer and Payne represent a new generation of European architect and although similar in age, their distinct attitudes are the result of specific schools of thought, ones that have developed in parallel but with very different results. Bringing them together should offer an insight into the inner workings of these schools through the medium of their architecture.

Pascal Flammer studied at the ETH Zurich, Lausanne and TU Delft and has traveled extensively in Europe, South America as well as the Middle and Far East. He opened his practice in 2005. He gained his experience at the office of Valerio Olgiati where he worked from 1998 until 2005 and taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio from 2006 until 2012, Switzerland as well as at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, Cambridge. He recently completed a house in Balsthal.

James Payne studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, the Polytechnique Lausanne and Bath University. James has worked in Switzerland and the UK including four years at Caruso St John Architects. A regular architecture critic for Building Design and Architecture Today, he runs undergraduate studio 5 at the Sir John Cass School of Architecture with Nina Lundvall. His collaborative practice Archipelago architects has completed projects in the UK and Sweden.