Architecture and Design Lecture Series Begins with Valerio Olgiati

As part of the College of Architecture and Design’s Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series, Valerio Olgiati will speak on the work of his firm at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1, in the Art and Architecture Building. This is the first lecture of the spring 2011 series.

Olgiati studied architecture at ETH Zurich. Having lived and worked first in Zurich and later in Los Angeles for some years, in 1996 he opened his own practice in Zurich and in 2008 with his wife Tamara Olgiati in Flims.

Among his major buildings are the school house in Paspels, the Yellow House in Flims, a house for a musician in Scharans and the museum for the Swiss National Park in Zernez. Among his major projects are a housing development in Zug, a winery for Carnasciale, Italy and a music auditorium for the manor Hohenbeilstein in Germany.

There are eleven monographs about his work as an architect and teacher.

Among others he has been awarded the German Architecture Prize Appreciation Honor and four times has received the prize for the Best Building in Switzerland.  Olgiati is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

As a guest professor he taught at the ETH in Zurich, at Architectural Association in London, and at Cornell University, New York. In 2009 he led the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University, Cambridge. Since 2002 he has been a full professor at the Accademia di architettura Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

This lecture is free and open to the public and can be viewed live and in archive form online.

The rest of the series line-up for the spring semester can be found here.

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