Final Reviews:
Tuesday, 31 May 13.30–17.00
Wednesday, 1 June 10.00–17.30
Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi and Federico Rossi from Fondamenta, Yiqiu Liu, Gilles Retsin
HIL H40.4 Plaza
For many years students of the Department of Architecture were working on the same topics to achieve their diploma. All studios offered a choice of three different topics referring to three different scales of architecture. Topic A indicates the large scale of urban interventions. Topic B covered the scale of one entire building and topic C related to small buildings or interiors giving students the possibility to focus on details. The Diploma was a first step into the professional practice of architecture and, for a large majority, the last most important reality check of an academic career. The starting point of the semester in the form of existing, former diploma topics not only offered students the possibility to develop an independent, critical design position, but also the freedom to choose the scale that most interests them. The goal of the design studio was to give students the possibility to improve skills in finding, developing and representing an architectural concept on a given architectural brief. Therefore, former diploma topics became a new starting point for an independent and individual work.

Students: Almeida Ferreira Fabio, Blum Lucca, Cangemi Adriano, Eichenberger Manuel, Fahrni Moritz, Freiensehner Luca, Jamshidi Helia, Kissling Ludwig, Mathis Summer, Matsushita Ryutaro, Nyfeler Markus, Skop Aleksandra, Tschümperlin Gion, Waterfield Jeremy, Weibel Marco, Wepfer Patricia, Wu Qingyuan
Final Reviews:
Tuesday, 21 December 10.00–18.00
Wednesday, 22 December 09.30–17.00
Maria Esnaola, Jürg Keller, Hermes Killer, Yiqiu Liu, Federico Rossi
HIL H 40.4 Plaza
Architecture defines the spaces in which we live and work in during every moment of our lives. We studied the large scale in which the work of an architect has an impact on the biggest possible amount of people. A house as big and complex as a whole village. The design work is understood as an investigation on the daily conditions of our times, through the media of architecture.

The brief and the site of actual competitions were the starting point of the semester. In the studio, students worked individually during some design stages and they worked together during others. This collaboration was understood as a teamwork in which each participant had a clear task, different from the others.
Students: Aebi Elias, Baumann Sebastian, Beauchamp Lewis, Berweger Sabrina, Chapman Kieran, De Jorge Jordan Jorge, Deppeler Dominic, Disch Bianca, Domézon Quentin, Lachat Marine, Lemke Valerie, Liambo Alessio, Liechti Joel, Lopes Daniel, Müller Kim Stella, Mäder Moritz, Pérez Gregori Guillem, Periat Laura, Popescu Valentin, Schubert Ernst, Stoll Dominik, Suter Isabel, Tobler Emily, von Kardorff Mauritz, Wagner Fiona, Zgraggen David, Zilian Kaspar
Final Reviews:
Thursday, 3 June 10.00–18.15
Friday, 4 June 10.00–19.15
Maria Esnaola, Salwa Mikou, Smiljan Radic, Nikolai von Rosen

SPACES FOR UNIVERSITIES - Design as criticism II

The design process is part of preparing for the daily professional life of an architect. Point of departure for this semester were nine case studies, consisting of existing, curated competition briefs from different countries and fields of work. All of the cases describe accommodation for research and teaching activities at universities. The design studio aims to provide an insight into the history and development of spaces at universities and to foster understanding of current course on this issue in several disciplines and in different countries.
Design is understood as a means of critiquing and investigating these wide- ranging fields of activity. The design of the architectural project ensues from analytical understanding of the task at hand, with the goal of helping students develop their own, independent approach to design.

Students: Biesser Lara, Bosshard Blanca, Bugla Paula Marie, Buzzi Ilenia, Cabrera Jessica, Christen Jan, Fischer Sébastien, Hergenröder Chiara, Hess Anna Luzia, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Loretan Nathan, Nagler Max, Pizzolotto Riccardo, Rohr Georg, Scherrer Johanna, Schubert Max, Staubli Robin, Studer Marcel, Thorsteinsen Björn, Umar Salim, Vetter Joel, Vogel Abigail, Wettstein Yannick, Zimmermann Henry, Zimmermann Jonas, Zippo Davide
Final Reviews:
Thursday, 17 December 09.15–18.00
Friday, 18 December 09.15–17.00
Maria Esnaola, Nikolai von Rosen, Bettina Götz, Kurt Van Belle


Almost no other profession than the work of an architect allows insights into the living habits and working environment of such a variety of people. This studio is centered around the familiarization and the investigation of different work and life conditions, not as a social or political study, but as the basis for developing and connecting architectural spaces. Only a thorough, basic and descriptive understanding of the backgrounds and conditions of a program, only a critical questioning of concrete tasks as so often brought forward to architects by investors and politicians in a filtered way, opens up possibilities for redefining architectural design conventions. Design as we understand it is neither the expression of an autonomous artistic practice nor is it a sheer service. The architectural design is a mean of criticism, a mean to understand the world around us and using this understanding in order to reshape it.

Students: Affolter Felix, Bosshard Chiara, Charrat Louis, Estevez Nuria, Frei Valentina, He Xingyu, Henz Janine, Karlovic Frano, Li Xingjian Andrew, Mdimagh Khalil, Mösch Gabriel, Petzold Olin, Pellizzari Amanda, Risi Selin, Rojas Rico Juan, Schenk Michelle, Yu Chaoyi

Final Reviews:
Wednesday, 27 May 09.00–19.00
Cecilia Puga, Bijoy Jain, Amélia Brandão Costa, Rodrigo da Costa Lima, Catherine Dumont d'Ayot, Laurent Stalder


if the goal of architectural design is to reveal an understanding of the world we live in through architecture, it might be enough to just look at a historical building and try to analyze its contemporary condition. the semester is based first on a thorough and precise description on milestones of the history of architecture, second on a comparison between the initially planned, originally built and current condition and third on defining a program and a detailed design to enhance its spatial experience for a larger public.

09:00 MARCO LANDERT on Maison du peuple by Jean Prouvé
10:00 KHUSHI MAKWANA on Centraal Beheer by Hermann Hertzberger
11:00 LUKAS LÜTHI on Pastor van Ars Church by Aldo van Eyck

13:00 JULIA KOBZAR on Banca a Colle di Val d'Elsa by Giovanni Michelucci
14:00 NILANSHI AGRAWAL on Villa Beer by Josef Frank
15:00 NOEMI ARNOLD on Olympic Archery Range by Carme Pinòs & Enric Miralles

16:30 DZULIJA JAKIMOVSKA on Istituto Marchiondi Spagliardi by Vittoriano Viganò
17:30 ZORA BEYELER on INIST-CNRS by Jean Nouvel