ACCOUNTABILITY (the importance of being serious)
Angela Deuber, Pascal Flammer, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan
Friday 8 November 2019, Hochparterre Bücher, Zürich
A discussion to accompany the “Accounts” book-launch. Architects are, in practice or in principle, agents in the continuation of the formal structure of the world. Past masters were able to lend weight to their work because they responded dialectically to the discipline and wider social imperatives. A willingness to engage with the general concerns of art and society made their contributions universal and expansive. Today the grand narrative has collapsed into a relativistic world-view. Consequently architects are free to be instrumental, to curate particular threads as they establish their own personal or historic narrative, or a compendium of influences. Could this signal a deficit in accountability, or is it a hard-won freedom?
Angela Deuber studied and graduated architecture at the ETH in Zürich. Her career took her to the canton of Grisons, where she runs her own architectural office in the city of Chur. She makes buildings, exhibitions and she does lecturing and reviews. Currently she is visiting professor at the Accademia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Pascal Flammer studied at the ETH Zürich, 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 and at the ETH Zürich.
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 ETHZ.