Sir David Chipperfield &
2016 - 2017
Instead of working on a building together, British architecture mentor Sir David Chipperfield and his Swiss protégé Simon Kretz decided on a theoretical project about a complex development site in London. They discovered that
a comparison of planning processes in Switzerland and Britain was fertile ground for a debate about the profound influence planning has on the physical and social form of cities, of how we live and perceive our environment.
The result of their research will appear in a book in 2018.
About the artists
Peter Zumthor &
2014 - 2015
Gloria Cabral, from Asunción in Paraguay, spent weeks at the Swiss studio of her mentor Peter Zumthor, who involved her in the whole process of building a tea chapel in South Korea, opening up her mind “in a radical way”.
Kazuyo Sejima &
2012 - 2013
Japanese mentor Kazuyo Sejima and protégé Yang Zhao believe architecture is about more than constructing buildings – it’s about changing lives. They put their conviction into practice with a humanitarian project as Zhao designs
a community gathering place in a tsunami-devastated area.
Álvaro Siza &
2002 - 2003
For Álvaro Siza, Portugal’s master architect, his profession is not about copying designs of the past. His protégé, Sahel Al-Hiyari, says “with Siza … it’s much deeper than that.” Al-Hiyari explains that “architecture is synonymous
with human existence. It’s one’s second skin.”