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INTERVIEWS

OLIVER LÜTJENS AND THOMAS PADMANABHAN

With Samuel Penn, Zürich, December 2016

SP 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. I wonder … +

RAPHAEL ZUBER

With Samuel Penn, Chur, September 2015

SP I’d like to begin by asking you to explain a little bit about a drawing that’s been hanging on the wall of your office since we first met. Why is it important to you? RZ Yes, I find it … +

EMMANUEL PETIT

With Cameron McEwan, Venice, October 2014

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

DIRK VAN DEN HEUVEL

With Samuel Penn, Venice, October 2014

SP 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 by the … +

SVEN-OLOV WALLENSTEIN

With Penny Lewis, Venice, October 2014

PL In 2008 you published an essay called The Silences of Mies. My first question is, why Mies? S-OW Why Mies? Well when I wrote that book I was intrigued by the idea of silence. I’m not an architect, I’m … +

NEIL GILLESPIE

With Samuel Penn, Edinburgh, March 2014

SP 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? NG I was taught at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1972 to … +

MARCEL MEILI

With Samuel Penn, Zürich, July 2013

SP 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 the stable … +

LUIGI SNOZZI

With Penny Lewis and Samuel Penn, Aberdeen, May 2013
Translated from Italian by Jenny Dubowitz and Daniel Serafimovski

PL 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 family house. … +

JONATHAN SERGISON

With Samuel Penn, Venice, October 2012
Edited by Irina Davidovici

SP 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, focusing on … +

PETER MÄRKLI

With Samuel Penn, Zürich, January 2012
Translated from German by Samuel Penn

SP 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 with which … +

ANDREA DEPLAZES

With Samuel Penn, Zürich, January 2012

SP 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 to discuss … +

CHRISTOPH GANTENBEIN

With Samuel Penn, Zürich, January 2012

SP 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 creating this … +

BEAT CONSONI

With Samuel Penn, St. Gallen, January 2011
Translated from German by Marcel Zuberbühler

SP 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 in since … +

PASCAL FLAMMER AND RAPHAEL ZUBER

With Samuel Penn, Solothurn, January 2011

SP 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 you be … +