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Peter Zumthor: 1943 born in Basel; 1958 apprenticeship as cabinet maker; 1963 School of Design, Basel, preliminary course and special course for interior design; 1966 Pratt-Institute, New York, Architecture and Interior Design; 1968 Architect, Preservation of Historical Monuments, Canton Graubünden (Grisons), Construction Consultant and Settlement Inventory Officer; first restoration and reconstruction work; 1978 Instructor at Zurich University, settlement conservation and inventories; 1979 self-owned architect’s office in Haldenstein, Graubünden (Grisons); 1988 Visiting Professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Santa Monica/Los Angeles; 1989 Visiting Professor at the Technische Universität Graz, workshop director at the Sommerakademie Graz; 1992 Davis Critic, Tulane University, New Orleans; 1994 Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; 1996 Professor at the Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, Mendrisio; 1996 Honorary member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten; 1999 Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Major projects: 1983 School complex Churwalden, Graubünden (Grisons). Räth twin house, Haldenstein/Graubünden (Grisons); 1986 Protective buildings to cover Roman archaeological site, Chur. Atelierhaus Zumthor (home and studio), Haldenstein/Graubünden (Grisons); 1989 Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg, Graubünden (Grisons); 1990 Art Museum Chur (in collaboration with P. Calonder and H.J. Ruch); 1993 Residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1994 Gugalun House, Versam, Graubünden (Grisons); 1996 Spittelhof housing area, Biel-Benken, Baselland; 1996 Thermal Baths Vals, Graubünden (Grisons); 1994-1997 Kunsthaus Bregenz (Art Museum), Vorarlberg, Austria; 1996 Topography of Terror, International Exhibition and Documentation Centre, Berlin (stopped by the client during construction, demolition of the already completed staircase towers); 2000 Acoustic object, Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000, Hanover; 2005 Zumthor House, Haldenstein; 2007 Brother Klaus Chapel, Wachendorf, Eifel, Germany

Awards: 1987 Good Building Award of the Canton of Graubünden (Grisons) for Räth House, Haldenstein; protective buildings for Roman archaeological site, Chur; studio building in Haldenstein; 1989 Heinrich Tessenow Medal, TU Hanover; 1991 Gulam, European wood-glue building prize for the Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg; 1992 International Architecture Prize for New Buildings in the Alps, Sexten-Kultur, South Tyrol, for Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg; 1993 Award for best building of 1993 (Swiss Television, »10 vor 10«), for residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1994 Good Building Award of the Canton of Graubünden (Grisons) for Gugalun House, Versam; Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg; Residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1995 International Prize for Stone Architecture, Fiera di Verona, Italy, for residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1995 International Architecture Prize for New Building in the Alps, Sexten-Kultur, South Tyrol, for residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur and Gugalun House, Versam; 1996 Erich Schelling Prize for Architecture; 1999 Mies van der Rohe Prize; 2006 Prix Meret Oppenheim of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture; 2008 Praemium Imperiale, Japan Art Association; 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Hyatt-Stiftung.

Own publications: Der harte Kern der Schönheit [The Hard Core of Beauty], in: du, 5.1992, p.68-69; Eine Anschauung der Dinge. Über die Sprache der Architektur [A View of Things: On the Language of Architecture], Haldenstein 1992; Kunsthaus Bregenz – Versuch, einen noch nicht abgeschlossenen Entwurf einmal mehr zu Ende zu denken [Bregenz Art Museum: One more attempt to think through a design that is still incomplete], in: Kunst im Bau, Bundeskunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn, Schriftenreihe Forum vol.1, Göttingen 1994, p.106-111; Von den Leidenschaften zu den Dingen [From the passion to the object], in: Architektur Aktuell, 178, Vienna 1995, p.88-96; The Body of Architecture, in: A + U. Architecture and Urbanism, 316, 1997, p.3-8; Peter Zumthor. Häuser 1979-1997 [Houses 1979-1997], Verlag Lars Müller, Baden 1998; Peter Zumthor, Architektur denken [Thinking Architecture], Verlag Lars Müller, Baden 1998; Peter Zumthor – Künstlerheft in der Reihe »… im Fenster« [Artist’s Portrait in the series »… im Fenster«], Diözesanmuseum Köln, Cologne 2001; Helene Binet, Peter Zumthor, Sigrid Hauser, Therme Vals [Vals Thermal Spring], Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich 2006

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Peter Zumthor: 1943 born in Basel; 1958 apprenticeship as cabinet maker; 1963 School of Design, Basel, preliminary course and special course for interior design; 1966 Pratt-Institute, New York, Architecture and Interior Design; 1968 Architect, Preservation of Historical Monuments, Canton Graubünden (Grisons), Construction Consultant and Settlement Inventory Officer; first restoration and reconstruction work; 1978 Instructor at Zurich University, settlement conservation and inventories; 1979 self-owned architect’s office in Haldenstein, Graubünden (Grisons); 1988 Visiting Professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Santa Monica/Los Angeles; 1989 Visiting Professor at the Technische Universität Graz, workshop director at the Sommerakademie Graz; 1992 Davis Critic, Tulane University, New Orleans; 1994 Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; 1996 Professor at the Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, Mendrisio; 1996 Honorary member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten; 1999 Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Major projects: 1983 School complex Churwalden, Graubünden (Grisons). Räth twin house, Haldenstein/Graubünden (Grisons); 1986 Protective buildings to cover Roman archaeological site, Chur. Atelierhaus Zumthor (home and studio), Haldenstein/Graubünden (Grisons); 1989 Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg, Graubünden (Grisons); 1990 Art Museum Chur (in collaboration with P. Calonder and H.J. Ruch); 1993 Residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1994 Gugalun House, Versam, Graubünden (Grisons); 1996 Spittelhof housing area, Biel-Benken, Baselland; 1996 Thermal Baths Vals, Graubünden (Grisons); 1994-1997 Kunsthaus Bregenz (Art Museum), Vorarlberg, Austria; 1996 Topography of Terror, International Exhibition and Documentation Centre, Berlin (stopped by the client during construction, demolition of the already completed staircase towers); 2000 Acoustic object, Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000, Hanover; 2005 Zumthor House, Haldenstein; 2007 Brother Klaus Chapel, Wachendorf, Eifel, Germany

Awards: 1987 Good Building Award of the Canton of Graubünden (Grisons) for Räth House, Haldenstein; protective buildings for Roman archaeological site, Chur; studio building in Haldenstein; 1989 Heinrich Tessenow Medal, TU Hanover; 1991 Gulam, European wood-glue building prize for the Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg; 1992 International Architecture Prize for New Buildings in the Alps, Sexten-Kultur, South Tyrol, for Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg; 1993 Award for best building of 1993 (Swiss Television, »10 vor 10«), for residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1994 Good Building Award of the Canton of Graubünden (Grisons) for Gugalun House, Versam; Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg; Residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1995 International Prize for Stone Architecture, Fiera di Verona, Italy, for residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur; 1995 International Architecture Prize for New Building in the Alps, Sexten-Kultur, South Tyrol, for residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur and Gugalun House, Versam; 1996 Erich Schelling Prize for Architecture; 1999 Mies van der Rohe Prize; 2006 Prix Meret Oppenheim of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture; 2008 Praemium Imperiale, Japan Art Association; 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Hyatt-Stiftung.

Own publications: Der harte Kern der Schönheit [The Hard Core of Beauty], in: du, 5.1992, p.68-69; Eine Anschauung der Dinge. Über die Sprache der Architektur [A View of Things: On the Language of Architecture], Haldenstein 1992; Kunsthaus Bregenz – Versuch, einen noch nicht abgeschlossenen Entwurf einmal mehr zu Ende zu denken [Bregenz Art Museum: One more attempt to think through a design that is still incomplete], in: Kunst im Bau, Bundeskunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn, Schriftenreihe Forum vol.1, Göttingen 1994, p.106-111; Von den Leidenschaften zu den Dingen [From the passion to the object], in: Architektur Aktuell, 178, Vienna 1995, p.88-96; The Body of Architecture, in: A + U. Architecture and Urbanism, 316, 1997, p.3-8; Peter Zumthor. Häuser 1979-1997 [Houses 1979-1997], Verlag Lars Müller, Baden 1998; Peter Zumthor, Architektur denken [Thinking Architecture], Verlag Lars Müller, Baden 1998; Peter Zumthor – Künstlerheft in der Reihe »… im Fenster« [Artist’s Portrait in the series »… im Fenster«], Diözesanmuseum Köln, Cologne 2001; Helene Binet, Peter Zumthor, Sigrid Hauser, Therme Vals [Vals Thermal Spring], Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich 2006