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Marc Angélil


Marc Angélil is Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Design, Department of Architecture, at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

His research at Network City & Landscape (NSL) and Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) focused on social and spatial developments of large metropolitan regions worldwide.

Marc Angélil received his architectural degree from the ETH Zurich where he also completed his doctoral dissertation summa cum laude. He was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and subsequently Associate Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is co-author of Inchoate: An experiment in architectural education (ETH Zurich, 2003) on methods of teaching; Indizien: Zur politischen Ökonomie urbaner Territorien (Niggli, 2006) on the political economy of contemporary urban territories; Mirroring Effects: Tales of Territory (Ruby Press, 2018) exploring the relationship between urbanization processes and capitalism; and Terrestrial Tales: 100+ Takes on Earth (Ruby Press, 2019), a collection of representations of the globe over the last 2000 years. His publications include Building Brazil: Proactive urban renewal of informal settlements (edited with Rainer Hehl, 2011); Architecture dialogues: Positions, concepts, visions (edited with Jørg Himmelreich, Niggli, 2011), Reform! Essays on the political economy of urban forum Vol.4 (edited with Sarah Nichols, Ruby Press, 2015).

Marc Angélil practices architecture with his partners Sarah Graham and Manuel Scholl at agps.architecture where he is Senior Advisor. Based in Zurich and Los Angeles, the firm’s projects include the Midfield Terminal at Zurich Airport; town center and light-rail station in Esslingen, Switzerland; extension of the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland; Children’s Museum of Los Angeles (CMLA); an aerial tram infrastructure project in Portland, Oregon; Zurich International School; a slum upgrading project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; as well as sports facilities for Adidas in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

With partner Sarah Graham, Marc Angélil was recipient of the 2008 “Honor Award for Architecture” from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Portland Aerial Tram project. For the B35 (apartment building in Zurich), he received the Innovation Award 2010 “Energiespeicher Beton” and for the extension of the IUCN Headquarters the 2010 “Swiss Solar Prize”.

He moderated the workshop Mine the city - With logistics to circular metabolisms at the 3rd Holcim Forum “Re-Inventing Construction” held in Mexico City (2010); and participated in the concluding debate at the 4th Holcim Forum “Economy of Sustainable Construction” held in Mumbai (2013). He was a participant at all three Roundtables on “Re-materializing Construction” held at MIT Endicott House, Cambridge, MA, USA (2014), Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015), and ILEK Stuttgart, Germany (2018). He was moderator of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum “Re-materializing Construction” held in Cairo (2019).

Marc Angélil is a founding member of the Board of the Foundation and of the Academic Committee from its inception in 2003 until 2010. He was Head of the Academic Committee (2013-19) and rejoined the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation (2013-19).

Marc Angélil was a member of the Awards jury for Europe in 2005 and for Latin America in 2005, 2008 and 2011. In the 4th and 5th LafargeHolcim Awards (2014/15 and 2017/18) he represented the Academic Committee in all regional and global Awards juries.

Last Updated: February 16, 2020
Zurich, Switzerland
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