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  • 29.06.2024 - 14.07.2024
  • TYPE Performance
  • WHERE Lisbon (PRT)
  • PROJECT Shared Landscapes
  • Shared Landscapes

    Caroline Barneaud / Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)

    From June 29 to July 14, 2024, Shared Landscapes will be staged in Lisbon in collaboration with Culturgest!

    Caroline Barneaud, curator, and Stefan Kaegi, theatre director (Rimini Protokoll), invite the audience to leave the theatre and spend a whole day in nature on the outskirts of Lisbon among trees, meadows, human, and non-human inhabitants. In the open air, a new kind of community emerges at the intersection of city and country.

    Architecture Land Initiative is contributing to the show by producing the maps that accompany the theatrical journey through the landscape.

    Shared Landscapes is part of the project Performing Landscape, a collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, and scientists, who that develop a reflection on the notions of art, landscape, and territory. They draw a visible and invisble map of the different places they visit and through the prism of arts and sciences they unveil the spaces they share.

  • © 2023 | Camille Blake | Berlin

  • 08.06.2024 - 16.06.2024
  • TYPE Performance
  • WHERE Milan (IT)
  • PROJECT Shared Landscapes
  • Shared Landscapes

    Caroline Barneaud / Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)

    In June 2024, Shared Landscapes will be staged in Milano in collaboration with Zona K!

    Caroline Barneaud, curator, and Stefan Kaegi, theatre director (Rimini Protokoll), invite the audience to leave the theatre and spend a whole day in nature on the outskirts of Milano among trees, meadows, human, and non-human inhabitants. In the open air, a new kind of community emerges at the intersection of city and country.

    Architecture Land Initiative is contributing to the show by producing the maps that accompany the theatrical journey through the landscape.

    Shared Landscapes is part of the project Performing Landscape, a collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, and scientists, who that develop a reflection on the notions of art, landscape, and territory. They draw a visible and invisble map of the different places they visit and through the prism of arts and sciences they unveil the spaces they share.

  • © 2023 | Camille Blake | Berlin

  • 10.06.2024
  • TYPE Award
  • WHERE Basel (CH)
  • PROJECT -
  • Swiss Art Awards 2024

    Finalists Architecture Category

    Architecture Lan Initiative is among the finalists in the ‘architecture’ category for the Swiss Art Awards 2024!

    In this year’s exhibition, 55 positions in the fields of art, architecture and critique, publishing, exhibition will be presented in June 2024 in the context of the international fair Art Basel.

    Award ceremony on Monday, June 10, 2024 in Hall 1.1. Save the date!

  • © 2024 | Swiss Art Awards

  • Public defense PhD
  • 22.05.2024
  • TYPE Public Event
  • WHERE Lausanne (CH)
  • PROJECT -
  • Public defense PhD

    Architectural Rehearsal. Choreopolitical ecologies within a scripted world

    On May 22, 2024 Aurélie will hold the public defense of her doctoral thesis entitled “Architectural Rehearsal. Choreopolitical ecologies within a scripted world.” The event will take place at EPFL at 6pm in room RLC G1 350. Everyone is invited!

    In her research, Aurélie studied relational, and more-than-human forms of mobilization as “choreopolitical ecologies,” understood as co-articulations of worldings and habitats away from policed conformity. She examined how these minor ecologies challenge the deeply linear, depoliticized and disembodied understandings of imagination, spatial practice, and climate action that continue to structure western architectural practice and theory until today.

  • © 2024 | Aurélie Dupuis

  • Shared Landscapes
  • 03.05.2024 - 12.05.2024
  • TYPE Performance
  • WHERE St. Pölten (AUT)
  • PROJECT Shared Landscapes
  • Shared Landscapes

    Caroline Barneaud / Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)

    From May 3 to 12, 2024, Shared Landscapes will be staged as part of the TangenteSt.Pölten Festival for Contemporary Culture!

    Caroline Barneaud, curator, and Stefan Kaegi, theatre director (Rimini Protokoll), invite the audience to leave the theatre and spend a whole day in nature on the outskirts of St. Pölten among trees, meadows, human, and non-human inhabitants. In the open air, a new kind of community emerges at the intersection of city and country.

    Architecture Land Initiative is contributing to the show by producing the maps that accompany the theatrical journey through the landscape.

    Shared Landscapes is part of the project Performing Landscape, a collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, and scientists, who that develop a reflection on the notions of art, landscape, and territory. They draw a visible and invisble map of the different places they visit and through the prism of arts and sciences they unveil the spaces they share.

  • © 2023 | Chloé Cohen | Lausanne

  • Design Trust 2024 January Cycle Grant
  • 11.04.2024
  • TYPE Grant
  • WHERE Hong Kong (HK)
  • PROJECT By Us for Us
  • Design Trust 2024 January Cycle Grant

    By Us, For Us: Hong Kong Co-operatives, Future-proof Narratives Goals

    Architecture Land Initiative has been awarded a second Design Trust grant! With this grant for our project “By Us, For Us: Hong Kong Co-operatives, Future-proof Narratives Goals,” we will be able to expand on the first stage of our research on Civil Servant Building Societies (CBS) as an alternative housing model.

    There was a period in Hong Kong when the public had a stake in the formation of the urban settlement in the model of CBS, extending from the apartment to the yard, street front, block, and collective neighborhood. The project looks both to this past and to the future. It unfolds as two public forums, a publication, and an international exhibition, which together aim to chart a roadmap towards pilot proto-projects involving diverse stakeholders and communities.

  • © 2023 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • Head Houses and Volcanoes
  • 21.03.2024
  • TYPE Talk
  • WHERE Venice (IT)
  • PROJECT -
  • Head Houses and Volcanoes

    Conference

    Guillaume will give a conference as part of the IUAV lecture series in Venice. It will be an opportunity to share his current research into the disciplinary potential between archeology and architecture. The lecture will include an overview of ongoing progress in the development of an interpretation planning strategy for the Vedi River Valley in Armenia, which includes the collaborative design of an archeological field laboratory.

  • © 2024 | Università Iuav di Venezia

  • Behaviorology ETHZ
  • 13.03.2024
  • TYPE Teaching Review
  • WHERE Zurich (CH)
  • PROJECT -
  • Behaviorology ETHZ

    Studio Reviews Spring Semester 2024

    Aurélie and Dieter are pleased to join the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology for the Spring 2024 semester Studio Public Space Behaviorology intermediary reviews!

    The studio is focusing in and around the Waldlabor forest in Zürich. It involves analysis of human and non-human relationships, as well as experimentation, design, on-site construction and observation.  

    What defines a good public space? To answer this question, the studio uses the methods of Architectural Behaviorology and builds upon previous research in public spaces. Through the observation of spaces in and around the forest it aims to identify the natural, typological and human actors at play, as well as the rules of interplay between those. It explores the tool of drawing both as a way of representing gathered data and a means for design.

  • © 2024 | Chair of Architectural Behaviorology

  • A day in Sitterwerk
  • 17.02.2024
  • TYPE Workshop
  • WHERE St. Gallen (CH)
  • PROJECT -
  • A day in Sitterwerk

    Architecture Land Initiative Winter retreat

    This weekend, we had the privilege of spending a day at the incredible Sitterwerk Foundation in the Sitter Valley near St. Gallen, where we benefited from its research facilities and materials. We spent the day working in contact with the Art Library and the Material Archive to conduct our own research.

    Our time there proved to be incredibly inspiring, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Sitterwerk Foundation for their warm hospitality and for graciously opening their doors to us. A special thanks to Felix Lehner for his generous and amazing tour. We hope to return soon!

  • © 2024 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • Silence, on surélève
  • 06.10.2023
  • TYPE Publication
  • WHERE —
  • PROJECT -
  • Silence, on surélève

    Tracés October 2023

    Léonore contributes to the October issue of Tracés! Her contribution, entitled “Silence, on surélève”, focuses on a renovation project in Geneva carried out by Jaccaud & associés.

    “Building the city on the city, without fuss: despite the effort and patience involved, once the scaffolding has been removed, this elevation operation by Jaccaud & Associés is virtually imperceptible from the street.”

    To tackle the housing crisis without systematic demolition, why not elevate the whole of Switzerland? A brilliant idea, but one that comes up against technical, architectural and, above all, regulatory difficulties. In October 2023, Tracés presents some twenty projects, from Meyrin to St. Gallen: 400 homes created without touching the ground.

  • © 2023 | Tracés

  • Drawing in Architecture
  • 18.09.2023
  • TYPE Publication
  • WHERE —
  • PROJECT -
  • Drawing in Architecture

    Education and Research

    We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to the exceptional book, “Drawing in Architecture Education and Research,” alongside numerous talented architects and researchers. In their contributions, Aurélie and Guillaume both delve into the ways in which drawing contributes to the ecologies of practice in which they are actively engaged.

    Drawing in Architecture Education and Research assembles contributions to the 2021 edition of the Lucerne Talks, the biennial Symposium on Pedagogy in Architecture at HSLU’s School of Engineering and Architecture in Lucerne. The book explores the potential of drawing as a universal tool for communication and understanding among different societies, language groups, and professional communities. It considers drawing in its dual function as an object and a method for theory and practice in architecture, and features strategies for a future transdisciplinary language of drawing that enables narrations and representations of new spatial concepts.

  • © 2023 | Park Books

  • Shared Landscapes
  • 19.08.2023 - 10.09.2023
  • TYPE Performance
  • WHERE Berlin (GE)
  • PROJECT Shared Landscapes
  • Shared Landscapes

    In September 2023, Shared Landscapes will be staged in Hangelsberg in collaboration with Berliner Festispiele !

    Caroline Barneaud, curator, and Stefan Kaegi, theatre director (Rimini Protokoll), invite the audience to leave the theatre and spend a whole day in nature on the outskirts of Berlin among trees, meadows, human, and non-human inhabitants. In the open air, a new kind of community emerges at the intersection of city and country.

    Architecture Land Initiative is contributing to the show by producing the maps that accompany the theatrical journey through the landscape.

    Shared Landscapes is part of the project Performing Landscape, a collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, and scientists, who that develop a reflection on the notions of art, landscape, and territory. They draw a visible and invisble map of the different places they visit and through the prism of arts and sciences they unveil the spaces they share.

  • © 2023 | Camille Blake | Berlin

  • Shared Landscapes
  • 07.07.2023 - 16.07.2023
  • TYPE Performance
  • WHERE Avignon (FR)
  • PROJECT Shared Landscapes
  • Shared Landscapes

    Caroline Barneaud / Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)

    In July 2023, Shared Landscapes will be staged in Pujaut in collaboration with Festival d’Avignon !

    Caroline Barneaud, curator, and Stefan Kaegi, theatre director (Rimini Protokoll), invite the audience to leave the theatre and spend a whole day in nature on the outskirts of Avignon among trees, meadows, human, and non-human inhabitants. In the open air, a new kind of community emerges at the intersection of city and country.

    Architecture Land Initiative is contributing to the show by producing the maps that accompany the theatrical journey through the landscape.

    Shared Landscapes is part of the project Performing Landscape, a collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, and scientists, who that develop a reflection on the notions of art, landscape, and territory. They draw a visible and invisble map of the different places they visit and through the prism of arts and sciences they unveil the spaces they share.

  • © 2023 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • Shared Landscapes
  • 14.05.2023 - 18.06.2023
  • TYPE Performance
  • WHERE Lausanne (CH)
  • PROJECT Shared Landscapes
  • Shared Landscapes

    Caroline Barneaud / Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)

    In June 2023, Shared Landscapes will be staged in Chalet-à-Gobet in collaboration with Théâtre de Vidy !

    Caroline Barneaud, curator, and Stefan Kaegi, theatre director (Rimini Protokoll), invite the audience to leave the theatre and spend a whole day in nature on the outskirts of Lausanne among trees, meadows, human, and non-human inhabitants. In the open air, a new kind of community emerges at the intersection of city and country.

    Architecture Land Initiative is contributing to the show by producing the maps that accompany the theatrical journey through the landscape.

    Shared Landscapes is part of the project Performing Landscape, a collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, and scientists, who that develop a reflection on the notions of art, landscape, and territory. They draw a visible and invisble map of the different places they visit and through the prism of arts and sciences they unveil the spaces they share.

  • © 2023 | Chloé Cohen | Lausanne

  • BUFU Forum I
  • 10.06.2023
  • TYPE Forum
  • WHERE Honk Kong (HK)
  • PROJECT By Us for Us
  • BUFU Forum I

    We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the first phase of ‘By Us, For Us,’ which culminated in the hosting of Forum 1 in the heart of Cattle Depot in To Kwa Wan. Thank you to all the participants—stakeholders, experts, colleagues, and friends—for their commitment and trust in this initiative. We are looking forward to the next stage of the research, ‘Forum II’ on governance and ordinances, which is likely to be held in Spring 2024. Stay tuned!

    By Us, For Us is a project aimed at drafting a roadmap toward (re)introducing a ‘third option’ for housing development in Hong Kong through a series of Public Forums.

  • © 2023 | Raffaella Endrizzi

  • Studio Baumann EPFL
  • 30.05.2023
  • TYPE Teaching Review
  • WHERE Lausanne (CH)
  • PROJECT -
  • Studio Baumann EPFL

    Final Reviews Spring Semester 2023

    Aurélie had the great pleasure of taking part in the Studio Baumann 2023 final reviews at EPFL!

    The jury had the opportunity to engage in discussions based on the multiscalar landscape proposals for Geneva’s Vernier district developed by the students. The proposals simultaneously addressed landscape continuities, tree typologies, planting strategies, and the qualification of spatialities and cohabitation.

    The creation of dynamic, living open spaces based on the iterative ecology between human beings and their environment guides the approach of the landscape project. Studio Baumann’s semester teaching focused on the metaphor of ramification, envisaged as a tool for composing and qualifying a space through the nature of its void and the thickness of its vegetation cover.

  • © 2023 | Studio Baumann

  • Midis Archi HEAD
  • 19.12.2022
  • TYPE Talk
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT -
  • Midis Archi HEAD

    Kirll Ass et Léonore Nemec

    Léonore was invited to present her work as part of the Midis Archi program organized by HEAD’s Interior Architecture Department. Her presentation was organized around the idea of active uncertainty as a condition and posture for the practice of architecture today. As part of this approach, she shared various projects carried out with Studio Nemec and Architecture Land Initiative.

  • © 2022 | Léonore Nemec

  • Music Evenings Place des Nations
  • 13.09.2023 - 23.10.2023
  • TYPE Public Event
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • Music Evenings Place des Nations

    Jardin des Nations - Quartier-Paysage

    Three musical evenings are organized at the Kiosque des Nations on September 15, 22 and 29 from 6pm to midnight. Bongo Joe and Canal54 join forces with Architecture Land Initiative for a series of events at the Kiosque on Place des Nations! On the last three Thursdays of September, the Kiosque will vibrate to the rhythm of a rich and varied program and a refreshment bar set up for the occasion. A great way to end the day or start the evening in a new venue in the heart of the Nations district!

  • © 2022 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • BSA-Tagung 2022 / Journée FAS 2022
  • 16.09.2022
  • TYPE Talk
  • WHERE Luzern (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • BSA-Tagung 2022 / Journée FAS 2022

    Vision pour le Jardin des Nations

    The Swiss Federation of Architects (BSA-FAS) organized the FAS 2022 Day on the theme of experimental planning. Aurélie and Léonore had the opportunity to present our reflections on this topic based on the experimental approach we carried out in the Jardin des Nations neighborhood in Geneva. The various Swiss and European case studies presented during the day allowed for a collective exchange on the contribution of such approaches to the transformation of cities and the questions they raise for the future of planning as a whole.

    Aurélie Dupuis and Léonore Nemec, Architecture Land Initiative with Florent Agat, Office of Urban Planning, State of Geneva

  • © 2023 | Priska Ketterer | Luzern

  • Le dessin comme pensée transversale
  • 20.06.2022
  • TYPE Publication
  • WHERE —
  • PROJECT -
  • Le dessin comme pensée transversale

    Tracés June 2022

    Guillaume contributes to the June issue of Tracés! He offers a book review of Matthew Wells’ Survey: Architecture Iconographies. For Guillaume, the book is about exposing the power of drawing as transversal thinking.

    Survey highlights the figure of the architect/witness as a participating subject. The work reveals the need to immerse oneself in a given time and place in order to build a point of view and a thought capable of empathy.”

    In June 2022, Tracés takes up the question of architectural drawing in an issue entitled Le dessin comme praxis - du relevé à l’esquisse (Drawing as praxis - from survey to sketch).

  • © 2023 | Collections Drawing Matter

  • Explore Festival
  • 18.06.2022
  • TYPE Public Event
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • Explore Festival

    Traversée du lac

    Architecture Land Initiative joins forces with Festival Explore to experiment with a new way of crossing the lake!

    This new connection prefigures the soft and qualitative mobility solutions proposed in the mobility strategy developed as part of the vision for the Jardin des Nations. The right shore, which is currently highly privatized and lacking in public spaces, is gradually being reconnected to the Geneva area on several levels.

    EXPLORE is a citizen’s festival, a place for encounters, experimentation, discovery and cultural and participatory exchange to build the city of tomorrow. Exhibitions, concerts, debates, conferences, workshops, themed walks, festive evenings for all, with one aim: to unite and engage together in the ecological transition, here and now.

  • © 2023 | Explore

  • Jardin des Nations Forum 4
  • 09.07.2021
  • TYPE Forum
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • Jardin des Nations Forum 4

    Proto-projets

    The fourth forum ‘Proto-projets’ is open to actors across the Jardin des Nations!

    The aim of Forum 4 is to set in motion three proto-projects arising from the strategies outlined during the Forum 3. In the morning, workshops are held in key locations related to the three proto-projects. In the afternoon, all participants meet at the International Museum of the Red Cross for an immobile journey depicting the Jardin des Nations through history and time. The day concludes with a summary of the workshops and an open discussion of possible implementations of the proto-projects discussed and elaborated in the first part of the day.

  • © 2021 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • Degree Show 2021
  • 04.06.2021 - 04.07.2021
  • TYPE Teaching Review
  • WHERE Hong Kong (HK)
  • PROJECT -
  • Degree Show 2021

    The University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture

    HABITATIONAL SEEDS IN HONG KONG’S ODD LOTS

    Student work from the studio taught by Dieter, Alexa and Kent at Hong Kong University is on show for a month!

    The studio began by creating a linear tomographic cut through a portion of Hong Kong Island, extending without constraints towards the Earth’s center or the skies. This forensic drawing served as our site, where each point was envisioned as a potential for expansion into a small universe. Immersed in this section, our focus was on identifying and studying emerging residual “odd lots” within and in immediate proximity to the sectional cut, drawing inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark. Within these discovered spaces, we sowed the initial seeds of habitation, intending to cultivate collective housing typologies.

    Visiting Professors: Dieter Dietz, Alexa den Hartog with Kent Mundle (assistant), Spring Studio 2021

  • © 2022 | Hong Kong University

  • Jardin des Nations Forum 3
  • 07.05.2021
  • TYPE Forum
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • Jardin des Nations Forum 3

    Visions

    The third forum ‘Visions’ is open to actors across the Jardin des Nations!

    The Forum aims to share three complementary visions and build on them through exchange. Following on from Forum 2, which focused on the imaginaries of the territory, Forum 3 aims to set out territorial strategies and enable the various participants to appropriate and contribute to them. Strategies take shape both through territorial re-orientations and through a series of possible short-term actions and synergies, developed collectively.

  • © 2021 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • Jardin des Nations Forum 2
  • 12.03.2021
  • TYPE Forum
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • Jardin des Nations Forum 2

    Mise en espace

    The second forum ‘Mise en espace’ is open to actors across the Jardin des Nations!

    The aim of Forum 2 is to share the ideas generated by the study and Forum 1, and to enable the various participants to appropriate and contribute to them. The morning is devoted to walks through the Jardin, enabling the participants to talk about the part of the territory they know best, and to listen to other nearby people and stories of places. In the afternoon, four digital spaces are made available. Each space contains documents that contribute to a new imaginary for the Jardin.

  • © 2021 | Architecture Land Initiative

  • Jardin des Nations Forum 1
  • 05.02.2021
  • TYPE Forum
  • WHERE Geneva (CH)
  • PROJECT Jardin des Nations
  • Jardin des Nations Forum 1

    Meta-themes

    The first forum ‘Meta-themes’ is open to actors across the Jardin des Nations!

    It aims to collectively exchange around four meta-themes in order to explore current and latent imaginaries in connection with three territorial figures constitutive of the district’s geographic and spatial conditions. These structured exchanges are an opportunity to mobilize everyone’s affects around emerging collective questions that are both specific and open-ended.

  • © 2021 | Architecture Land Initiative

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Architecture Land Initiative is a cooperative. We initiate and carry out political action in the form of projects on landscape, public space and architecture. Currently living and working in Geneva, Zurich and Hong Kong, our members engage in diverse activities across research and design. As a cooperative, we are a common-benefit platform and not profit-oriented.

We deeply believe in collaborative practices and focus on projects with commons at their core. Acknowledging the urgency of planetary ecological and political crises, we seek to navigate conflicts and contradictions with care towards life. We strive to act towards non-exploitive economies and ecologies by exploring, imagining and supporting alternative forms of coexistence.

As spatial practitioners aware of the reproduction of normative schemes, we are committed to re-question the foundations of our disciplines, starting with our own interactions and tools. For each project, we assemble a situated, trans-scalar set of instruments with the aim of supporting oblique readings, hybridizations and collective re-articulations of knowledge and visions.

The cooperative operates as a flexible infrastructure, consisting of a cooperative legal framework, a communication structure for collective work, a series of studios, as well as a set of tools and expertise that we grow collectively. This open structure enables us to create a shared space for continuous experimentation between research and practice.

Currently led by Andreas Schrämli, Aurélie Dupuis, Dieter Dietz, Guillaume Othenin-Girard, Joshua Guiness, Kent Mundle, Léonore Nemec, Alexa den Hartog (PO4), and Zoé Lefèvre.

Andreas Schrämli

Andreas Schrämli (CH, 1958) is a practitioner and a visionary. As a trained carpenter and set designer for various films, he combines his practical knowledge and experience to find creative solutions. He co-founded the Stahl- & Traumfabrik AG in Schlieren, which he envisions as a think- and experiment factory in which carpenters, metalworkers, architects and makers work on individual projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. Spanning from execution to financial aspects, he works on concepts that are supported by many. As a founding member of Architecture Land Initiative, he embraces hands-on responsibility and commits himself to a high degree of transparency. He is based in Zurich (GMT+1).

Aurélie Dupuis

Aurélie Dupuis (CH, 1989) is an architect, researcher and teacher. She is also a founding member of Architecture Land Initiative. In 2024, she completed her doctorate at EPF Lausanne. In her research, at the intersection of architecture and performance arts and studies, she explores the unspoken violence that arises from the limited understandings of the politics of body, movement and co-presence in Western architectural and spatial theory and practices and how this reductive pattern has been integrated into the history of the discipline. She thinks alongside architectural/spatial practices and performance arts as they relate to the collective imagination of alternative futurities. She is based in Geneva (GMT+1).

Dieter Dietz

Dieter Dietz (CH, 1964) is an architect, educator, and researcher, presently heading the architecture section at EPF Lausanne. As a founding member of Architecture Land Initiative and director of the ALICE laboratory at EPFL, Dieter envisions architectural practice as a collective action and architecture as a transformative tool for spatial, societal, and political change. Recognizing the essential nature of knowledge transfer among the realms of practice, research, and expertise, he views projects as key instruments in this exchange. Dieter believes that the mission of architecture and urbanism is to evolve as transformative disciplines within the crucial ecological transition for life on Earth. He is based in Zurich (GMT+1).

Guillaume Othenin-Girard

Guillaume Othenin-Girard (CH, 1986) is an architect and an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He is also a founding member of Architecture Land Initiative. His teaching research focuses on the cross-disciplinary potential between archaeology and architecture. He is currently developing an interpretive planning strategy for Armenia’s Vedi River Valley. Guillaume is interested in how the transformative agency of drawing carries the potential to maximise breadth of participation throughout the stages of planning, designing and building a vision that considers the landscape as a source of heritage in itself. He is based in Hong Kong (GMT+8).

Joshua Guiness

Joshua Guiness (DE, 1994) is an architect whose main interests lie in urban transformation processes, spatial strategy, and theory. Educated at the University of the Arts in Berlin as well as ETH in Zurich, he joined Architecture Land Initiative in 2022, working primarily on the refurbishment and extension of a former industrial site in Schlieren on the outskirts of Zurich. Joshua is also a teaching and research assistant at VOLUPTAS, a speculative design studio at ETH Zurich. He is currently interested in modes of expanding architectural and spatial thought to the development of strategies for policy, culture, and society at large. ‍He is based in Zurich (GMT+1).

Kent Mundle

Kent Mundle (CA, 1993) is a designer and lecturer in the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. There, he researches within the Rural Urban Lab, which is an initiative that focuses on researching and developing forms of affordable housing and community infrastructure for rapidly urbanising territories in developing economies. Kent’s work focuses on integrating emerging forms of housing types and emerging financial mechanisms to deliver housing in these areas in a post-welfare state context. As a part of Architecture Land Initiative, Kent is leading an initiative in Hong Kong to reintroduce new forms of cooperative housing. He is based in Hong Kong (GMT+8). 

Léonore Nemec

Léonore Nemec (CH, 1988) is an architect active in collaborative projects with her own office Studio Nemec and Architecture Land Initiative. Before that she has been working at Herzog and de Meuron and as a research assistant at EPFL. Her interest in architecture and territory planning is primarily in their political and social dimensions. She believes that experimentation in spatial design is essential for a lasting engagement with the changing spaces - material, normative, ideological - of our societies. She is interested in the application of innovative research-based practices to concrete projects, from conception to completion. She is based in Geneva (GMT+1).

Alexa den Hartog

Alexa den Hartog (PO4) (CH, 1986) studied architecture in Lausanne, in Copenhagen and at ETH Zurich. After gaining professional experiences in Basel, Zurich and Tokyo, she has been running the architecture firm PO4 seiler + den hartog architekten with her partner Yves Seiler since 2015. Their office is a co-founder of Architecture Land Initiative. Alexa is interested in the duality between the theoretical conception of architecture and its realisation. For her, architecture is a built form of political ideas and must therefore be treated with empathy at its core. Next to her design practice she is involved in teaching and professional organisations. She is based in Zurich (GMT+1).

Zoé Lefèvre

Zoé Lefèvre (FR, 1993) is an architect and a member of Architecture Land Initiative. Her interests lie at the intersection of design, art, and politics. She considers overlooked narratives and methods in order to explore issues connected to the built environment. In 2022, she gained valuable experience as a teaching assistant for Superstudio Latent Futures at EPF Lausanne, engaging in interdisciplinary approaches at the intersection of architecture and performance. In 2023, she actively participated in the Performing Landscape project, applying her expertise in cartography and spatial storytelling. Since 2024, Zoé has also been working as a landscape architect at En-Dehors. She is based in Geneva (GMT+1).

Former members

Agathe Mignon, Darío Negueruela del Castillo, Aurèle Pulfer.

Past collaborators

Julien Heil, Janice Leung, Hibiki Masaki, Manon Pinget.

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