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INTERVIEWS

OLIVER LÜTJENS AND THOMAS PADMANABHAN

Interview with Samuel Penn, December 2016

samuel penn · When we organized this interview we decided that it would be nice to talk about some of your influences; the Renaissance and Robert Venturi. One example that you find particularly potent is the Laurentian Library by Michelangelo. … +

EMMANUEL PETIT

Interview with Cameron McEwan, October 2014

cameron mcewan · From your point of view how has this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale been received? emmanuel petit · Without having seen the exhibition yet it’s quite dangerous to say anything. I think Koolhaas has a difficult relationship with … +

DIRK VAN DEN HEUVEL

Interview with Samuel Penn, October 2014

samuel penn · You co-curated the Bakema exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year (2014). In the publication you mention that you’ve established a new institute that has opened up an archive of material previously held … +

SVEN-OLOV WALLENSTEIN

Interview with Penny Lewis, October 2014

penny lewis · In 2008 you published an essay called The Silences of Mies. My first question is, why Mies? sven-olov wallenstein · Why Mies? Well when I wrote that book I was intrigued by the idea of silence. I’m … +

NEIL GILLESPIE

Interview with Samuel Penn, March 2014

samuel penn · I’d like to begin by asking you where you were taught and who you think made a significant impact in the way you thought about architecture? neil gillespie · I was taught at the Edinburgh College of … +

MARCEL MEILI

Interview with Samuel Penn, July 2013

samuel penn · I’d like to begin by asking how you were taught history at the ETHZ and how it influenced your thinking. The reason I ask is because you were taught during a very specific and transitional period where … +

LUIGI SNOZZI

Interview with Penny Lewis, May 2013
Kindly translated from Italian by Jenny Dubowitz and Daniel Serafimovski

penny lewis · Could you please talk to us again about your approach to education. You spoke in the lecture about how it might be more useful for the student to start with the city and to end with the … +

JONATHAN SERGISON

Interview with Samuel Penn, October 2012
Kindly edited by Irina Davidovici

samuel penn · Having practiced and taught architecture in London for over 18 years you have relatively recently decided to live and work in Switzerland. Can we start the discussion by comparing practice and teaching in the UK and Switzerland, … +

PETER MÄRKLI

Interview with Samuel Penn, January 2012

samuel penn · You said something very interesting in a documented conversation with Florian Beigel during your visit to London. You said that Swiss–German education had become too abstract. That it excluded life and that this generation had no premise … +

ANDREA DEPLAZES

Interview with Samuel Penn, January 2012

samuel penn · In Tec21, a magazine published by SIA, you mention the duality of the Swiss architectural education system, the relationship between university and technical college education, and the recent creation of an architecture council (Architekturrat) that was established … +

CHRISTOPH GANTENBEIN

Interview with Samuel Penn, January 2012

samuel penn · You practice in Basel with Emanuel Christ and run a studio at the ETHZ called Typology Transfer, which examines the creation of new architecture based on established types. I wonder whether you could explain the motivation for … +

BEAT CONSONI

Interview with Samuel Penn, January 2011

samuel penn · I know that you are intimately involved in both practice and education here in the North-East of Switzerland and I first wanted to ask a little bit about the European context the Swiss Higher Education sector sits … +

PASCAL FLAMMER AND RAPHAEL ZUBER

Interview with Samuel Penn, January 2011

samuel penn · Can you see a way that one could learn about architecture without having to eventually end up as an architect. For instance if you were interested in architecture but didn’t want to become an architect, where would … +