Simon Kretz

Simon Kretz

The protégé

Published in 2016

Swiss architect, urbanist and researcher, Simon Kretz is recognized for his ability to design in a multitude of scales ─ from the refurbishment of listed historical buildings to designing new houses and structures, and projects that enhance the urban environment. Combining his interests in mathematics, writing, physical work and drawing, Kretz studied architecture at ETH Zurich’s (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Department of Architecture where he received a master’s degree in 2008. In 2010, he co-founded the architectural firm Christina Nater und Simon Kretz Architekten GmbH, and, in 2014, became a founding partner of Christian Salewski & Simon Kretz Architekten GmbH. Kretz previously gained experience at architectural firms in Zurich and at several internationally renowned firms, including OMA Rotterdam. He has been teaching at his alma mater since 2009 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer for Urban Design in 2013. Also since 2013, he has been Senior Lecturer at ETH Zurich’s Department of Engineering, as well as Lecturer for Design Thinking at the University of Zurich’s Center for Urban and Real Estate Management (CUREM). Kretz believes his work with Sir David Chipperfield will profoundly influence his understanding of the methodologies of architecture and urban design.