Dr. Markus Breitschmid, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Publishes New Book

A new dual-language book authored by Dr. Markus Breitschmid, Assistant Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture + Design, has been published in October 2008. The book it titled “The Significance of the Idea in the Architecture of Valerio Olgiati”.

Valerio Olgiati (*1958) is fast becoming one of the most important contemporary architects. Beginning with the school in Paspels in 1996, he has produced a series of head-turning buildings and building proposals that are considered masterpieces of contemporary architecture and have been published widely in the world’s most prominent architectural journals and monographs. Olgiati operates an architecture office in Flims, Switzerland and he teaches architecture design as a full professor at the Accademia di Architettura at the Università della Svizzera Italiana. He has held visiting professorships at the Architecture Association in London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and at Cornell University in Ithaca. He has recently been offered the prestigious Kenzo Tange Chair and Professorship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

The new book presents the architectural and intellectual ideas of Olgiati’s architecture.

Valerio Olgiati was a participant at Virginia Tech’s symposium “Swiss Architecture: Designing – Constructing – Building” held in October 2006.