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Marc Angélil


Marc Angélil is an Architect and Professor of Architecture & Design, Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.

His research at the Network City & Landscape (NSL) and Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) focuses 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 a co-author of Inchoate: an experiment in architectural education (ETH Zurich, 2003) on methods of teaching with and Indizien: Zur politischen Ökonomie urbaner Territorien (Niggli, 2006) on the political economy of contemporary urban territories. His publications include Building Brazil: Proactive urban renewal of informal settlements (edited with Rainer Hehl, 2011) and Architecture dialogues: Positions, concepts, visions (edited with Jørg Himmelreich, Niggli, 2011). He has recently edited Reform! Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Forum Vol.4 with Sarah Nichols (Ruby Press, 2015).

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

He was the recipient with partner Sarah Graham of the 2008 Design Award “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 received the Swiss Solar Prize 2010.

He is a member of the Consultative Committee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) based in Montreal, Canada.

Marc Angélil was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for region Europe in 2005 and for Latin America in 2005, 2008 and 2011; and was also a member of all five regional Holcim Awards juries in 2014 and of the Global Holcim Awards jury in 2015.

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

He was appointed to the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation in December 2013 and has been Head of the Academic Committee (AC) since April 2013. He is also a founding member of the Board and of the Academic Committee (AC) from its inception in 2003 until 2010.

He was a member of all five regional LafargeHolcim Awards juries in 2017 and of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury in 2018.

Last Updated: March 13, 2018
Zurich, Switzerland
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