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Harry Gugger


Harry Gugger is Principal of Harry Gugger Studio based in Basel, Switzerland.

He is also Professor for Architectural & Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a member of the Board and the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

He founded Harry Gugger Studio in 2010. The studio develops projects spanning a wide range of scales, with an emphasis on urban studies. In these projects he incorporates research findings of his professorship at the EPFL where he was appointed tenured professor in 2005. At the EPFL he directs the Laboratory Basel (laba), dedicated to territorial, urban and architectural design. The laboratory was in charge of the National Participation of Bahrain “Reclaim” at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 winning the Golden Lion award.

He commenced a 19-year collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron (HdeM) in 1990 when he was their assistant at the summer school in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was a partner of the firm (1991-2009): his last projects at HdeM included CaixaForum, Madrid (2001-08) and the Tate Modern Extension, London (2004-15). Harry Gugger’s design for the Laban Dance Centre in London (1998-2003) was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2003, and he received the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim 2004.

Harry Gugger started his professional career as a toolmaker’s apprentice (1973-77). He studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) with Flora Ruchat and at Columbia University, New York with Tadao Ando (1984-89). He was visiting professor at the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen in Weimar, Germany in 1994, and an External Examiner at the AA School of Architecture in London (2000-06).

He was a member of the Cityscape Commission in Basel, Switzerland (1999-2007), a member of the board of trustees of the Swiss Architecture Museum (2004-07), and an experienced juror of many national and international design competitions.

He was a workshop moderator on “Compact city - Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?” at the 4th Holcim Forum in Mumbai (2013) and was a workshop moderator on “Planetary Scale – Exploring patterns of worldwide urbanization” at the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum in Detroit (2016). He participated in the 2nd Holcim Roundtable on “Re-materializing Construction” in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015).

Harry Gugger was Head of the Awards jury for region Europe in 2008 and 2017, Head of the Global Innovation prize jury in 2012, and a member of the Awards jury for region North America in 2017 and region Latin America in 2014. 

Last Updated: June 25, 2017
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