Harry Gugger studied architecture after an apprenticeship as a toolmaker and stopped studies in machine engineering and German literature. From 1984 to 1989 he studied at the ETH Zürich with Flora Ruchat and at the Columbia University in New York with Tadao Ando. 1990 began his collaboration with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. As a partner he helped to develop Herzog & de Meuron from a small office to a global company.
Among many other projects, he was in charge of: Signal boxes I and II (1991-1994 / 1995-1999) and Engine Depot (1991-1995) in Basel; Library of the University Eberswalde (1994-1999); Tate Modern in London (1995-2000); Schaulager Basel for the Laurenz Foundation (1998-2003); Caixa Forum, Madrid (2001–2008) and the Laban Dance Centre in London (1998-2003), which was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2003.
In 2004 Harry Gugger received the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim.
From the outset, his practice was paired with manifold academic work. Since 2005 Harry Gugger is tenured professor at the EPF Lausanne (EPFL) where he founded the Laboratoire pour la Production d’Architecture. His laboratory was in charge of the National Participation of Bahrain at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 winning the Golden Lion award. In 2011 Harry Gugger transformed his laboratory into Laboratoire Bâle a satellite laboratory of the EPFL dedicated to urban and architectural design situated in Basel.
In 2010 Harry Gugger founded his studio HGS which works on projects of all scales with a focus on urban design. From this practice synergies emerge with the research of his laboratory at the EPFL. Besides many other engagements in juries and commissions Harry Gugger acts as a board member of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction since 2010.
Harry Gugger acts as CEO.
Henriette is an associate partner and co-founder of Harry Gugger Studio.
Within the studio she coordinates studies and competitions in the field of urban and residential design.
Prior she worked with AFF Architekten and Herzog & de Meuron as well as holding teaching positions at the EPFL and the Bauhaus University in Weimar.
Henriette studied at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and at the Chalmers Tekniska Högskolan in Goteborg. She graduated with honours in 2000 and lives in Switzerland since 2005.
Henriette Gugger is in charge of Finances and Human Resources.
Michael joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2012 and is an associate partner.
At Harry Gugger studio he leads building projects, urban studies and competitions. Amongst other projects he is in charge of the transformation of the historic Silo Erlenmatt in Basel into a cultural hub.
Prior to joining HGS Michael collaborated with Schneider Schneider Architekten, Aarau, Steinmann Schmidt Architekten, Basel, MV Architects in Beijing and Bauwerkstadt Architekten in Bühl.
Michael gained his architecture diploma with distinction from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2006. He lives in Switzerland since 2007 and since 2016 holds a teaching position for Architectural design at the Faculty of Architecture and Construction of the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe.
University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe
Michael Zink leads operations and organizes the work environment.
Ekaterina joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2017 to work on the Birsfelden Center design competition.
Her previous work experience includes collaborations with architectural offices in Moscow and Barcelona. In Zurich, Ekaterina worked at Küchel Architects and Hosoya Schaefer Architects as well was she an assistant at the ETH Zurich CAAD chair. Further academic collaboration includes work with the Department for Architectural Theory at TU Vienna, where she holds workshops for bachelor students.
Ekaterina received her Master of Architecture degree from Moscow Architectural Institute (MARCHI) and also an MAS in Computer Aided Architectural Design from ETH Zürich.
Gonzalo joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2014.
His work as an architect with HGS includes housing studies and competitions, amongst others the Biomedicine Department for the University of Basel and the Physics Department for the ETH Zürich.
His previous work experience includes collaborations with architectural practices in Spain and Italy.
Gonzalo gained his MArch from ETSA Valladolid in 2013 with honours and undertook an exchange semester at the Università degli studi di Genova.
Jessica Billeter joined Harry Gugger Studio in August 2017.
She operates as the managing office assistant and supports the team in all administrative matters.
Jessica studied at the Royal Ballet School in London and has worked as a soloist in numerous reknowned dance compagnies for twenty years. In addition to her work for Harry Gugger Studio she acts as a choreographer and dance teacher.
Chris is a senior architect who joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2012.
With Harry Gugger Studio, Chris is leading a housing development in Basel. Furthermore he has been instrumental in the execution of the Housing Allschwil project, the Limmatfeld in Zürich and the Transitlager in Basel.
Chris has previously worked in architectural practices in Australia, Belgium, and Switzerland, including Santiago Calatrava, 51N4E and The Buchan Group.
His experience covers a wide-range of projects, such as a warehouse to office conversion in Australia, the C-Mine abandoned mine to cultural centre in Belgium, TID tower in Albania, the Marina d'Arechi sailing club in Italy and the Museu do Amanhã in Brazil.
Chris graduated with Honours from Curtin University, Australia in 2004 and has lived in Basel since 2008.
Franziska joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2014 as a senior architect.
She has been working at HGS on the design proposal of the Müller Bräu Areal in Baden, the detailed design of a listed building in Riehen and the new building of the Arts and Design faculty of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Emmenbrücke. She is currently responsible for the transformation of the historic Silo Erlenmatt in Basel into a cultural hub.
Before joining Harry Gugger Studio Franziska collaborated with architectural practices such as Atelier 5 in Bern, Architectural Design Group in Tauranga, New Zealand, Weberbrunner Architekten from Zürich and Burckhardt + Partner AG in Basel.
Franziska graduated with honours from the Bauhaus University Weimar in 2008 and was a visiting student at Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. She lives in Switzerland since 2009.
Thomas joined the team of Harry Gugger Studio in January 2016 as an architect.
His work with Harry Gugger Studio includes competition designs for the Physics Department for the ETH Zürich and the Life Sciences Department for the University of Lausanne.
He previously collaborated with diverse architectural practices such as Parc Architectes in Paris and Auer+Weber+Assoziierte in Munich, where he worked on award-winning competitions.
He received his MSc in Architecture from the EPFL in 2015. During his studies he took part in an exchange program at the Technische Universitat München (TUM). Thomas is a French citizen and lives in Switzerland since 2008.
Vera is a German architecture student who joined Harry Gugger Studio as a trainee in September 2017.
She has attended the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) since 2012 and will finsih with her Engineering Diploma. In addition to her collaboration with Harry Gugger Studio, Vera has also gained experience as an intern in a German architectural office.
Sara is a project architect and a Portuguese national who joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2016.
At Harry Gugger Studio, she is currently working on the transformation of the Silo Erlenmatt in Basel into a cultural hub.
She has previously worked as an architect and project leader with Brauen Wälchli Architectes in Lausanne and at José Adrião Arquitetos in Lisbon and as an intern with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel.
Sara graduated from the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa (FAUL) in 2009 and since 2010 she is a member of the Portuguese Architects Association. Sara lives in Switzerland since 2011.
Furio joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2016 as a junior architect.
Currently he is working on the façade design of the new building for the Arts and Design faculty of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Emmenbrücke as well as competitions and urban studies.
Prior to working with HGS he collaborated with Eric Lapierre Experience in Paris and as an intern with Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo.
He graduated in 2015 with a Msc of Architecture at Academia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland. In 2014 he participated at the workshop "Building Reality" in Burkina Faso with professor Francis Kèrè. Furio is Italian and lives in Basel since 2016
Theo is an architect who joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2014.
His work with HGS includes a variety of studies and competitions, amongst others the High Schools Masterplan in Muttenz, the Studio Basel Residences and the Spenglerpark residential high-rise in Basel.
Theo holds a MArch from the National Technical University of Athens where he graduated in 2013 with honours and a MAS in Urban Design from the ETH in Zurich which he concluded in 2014.
Stanislava is a project architect who joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2014.
Her work in the studio includes urban studies, competitions and execution projects, amongst other the High Schools Masterplan in Muttenz and the Transitlager in Basel. She is currently working on the Spenglerpark residential high-rise in Basel.
Stanislava previously worked on projects within architectural practices in Belgrade, Graz and Zürich and as a teaching associate at the courses 3D Visualisations CAAD and Design Studio “Space and Form – Design Elements” at the University of Belgrade.
Stanislava holds a MArch from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Architecture and a MAS in Computer Aided Architectural Design from the ETH Zürich.
Salome Rätz joined Harry Gugger Studio as draftsperson in November 2016.
She is responsible for the detail and submission planning for the new building for the Arts and Design Faculty of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Emmenbrücke.
After completing her apprenticeship as a draftsperson at Herzog & de Meuron Architects in 2008 she collaborated on several projects in Basel within Nicolas Goetz Architects and Villa Nova Architects for a reconstruction in Marrakech, Morocco.
Salome studied Stage Design / Scenography at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg.
Caroline joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2016 as a senior architect.
Caroline brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of design and execution to the studio. Between 2012 - 2015 she managed projects for private clients throughout all project phases at weberbuess Architekten in Basel and directly after graduating she worked on a variety of award winning urban design and housing competitions.
She is currently responsible for the execution planning for the new building of the Arts and Design Faculty of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Emmenbrücke.
Caroline studied at Technische Universität Darmstadt and EPFL and graduated in 2011 and is living in Switzerland since 2012.
Aphrodite is a project architect and urban designer who joined Harry Gugger Studio in 2014. Besides her role as project architect, Aphrodite also functions as Head of Communications for the office.
She brings her extensive experience in dealing with projects of larger scale contexts following on from her involvement in urban design projects collaborating with practices in Athens and Boston.
At HGS, Aphrodite leads architectural competitions and urban projects, amongst others the High Schools Masterplan in Muttenz and the Village Terraces Study in Binningen.
She holds a MArch from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and a MArch in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Aphrodite has taught Architecture Summer School studios, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2014 and at the Architectural Association in 2016.
Victor is a French architect who started working at Harry Gugger Studio in 2017.
Before joining the office, he worked as an architect and project leader at DeA architectes, Mulhouse in France. There, he was in charge of multiple projects, including public buildings and housings. He also gained experience through two collaboration in Paris, with Cut Architectures and Philippe Rahm architectes.
Victor gratuated with honors from INSA Strasbourg, France in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Guillaume Delemazure.
Jan Wiedmer is an architect and joined Harry Gugger Studio in Oktober 2017.
After an apprenticeship as an architectural draughtsman, Jan had the opportunity to collect work experience in planning of execution.
Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in architecture. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
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