Visiting Lecture | Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan: Houses and Housing

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 12 - 2pm

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Therwil Terraced House. Image courtesy of Stefano Graziani.

Therwil Terraced House. Image courtesy of Stefano Graziani.

This presentation will be conducted through Zoom. Zoom account registration is required, please register in advance here.

Oliver Lütjens (Zurich 1972) and Thomas Padmanabhan (Stuttgart 1970) established Lütjens Padmanabhan Architects in 2007 in Zurich. The practice’s recent work focuses on housing in the residential districts surrounding Zurich and Basel including the award-winning low rent Waldmeisterweg apartment building in Zurich and the Zwhatt Sufficiency lighthouse project in Regensdorf. 

Further afield, they are currently working on the new residence of the Swiss ambassador in Algier and the new Swiss general consulate in Stuttgart. Oliver and Thomas have taught as assistants at ETH Zurich and as guest professors at TU Munich, EPF Lausanne and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The presentation will be followed by a conversation with Dean Nader Tehrani and a Q&A. 

This event is co-presented with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

This event is free and accessible to the public through Zoom. 

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