Markus Breitschmid, Ph.D., S.I.A.


Dr.-Ing. / Ph.D., Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin-Germany

Dr.-Ing. / Ph.D., Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin-Germany

Markus Breitschmid (*1966) is a Swiss-American architecture theoretician and an author on contemporary architecture and philosophical aesthetics. Breitschmid’s international impact in the discipline of architecture stems from a series of books and other writings.

Breitschmid’s most highly influential books are Der bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur, The Significance of the Idea. The Architecture of Valerio Olgiati, and Non-Referential Architecture. His essays have been published in the world’s pre-eminent journals such as a+u, Casabella, Domus, and El Croquis. His writings have been translated into Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Breitschmid has been invited to contribute to such venues as the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Architecture Biennale of Chicago, and the Triennale of Architecture in Lisbon. His research has been supported, among others, by grants of the Graham Foundation and Pro Helvetia. Breitschmid, together with the architect Valerio Olgiati, has introduced the term Non-Referential Architecture into the architectural discourse.

Breitschmid is a registered architect in Switzerland and a member of the Swiss Institute of Architects and Engineers. He holds a visiting professorship for architectural theory at the Universidad de Piura since 2020. In 2016, Breitschmid was appointed to the diploma commission of the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. Breitschmid had teaching appointments at Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, and the Catholic University of America. Breitschmid has been an invited lecturer and critic at many universities, professional associations, and museums in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

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