Studio Tom Emerson 

ETH Zürich

Department of Architecture

HIL E62.1

Stefano–Franscini–Platz 5
CH–8093 Zürich


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Tom Emerson

Founded 6a architects with Stephanie Macdonald in London in 2001. Recent projects include two contemporary art galleries in London: Raven Row in Spitalfields and the South London Gallery in Peckham. He studied at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art in London and the University of Cambridge. Before joining the eth, he taught in Cambridge (2004–10), the Architectural Association (2000–04) and in the Department of Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art. He has been guest lecturer and critic in many schools of architecture in the uk and Europe and has published articles on architecture, art and literature.                  6a architects


Boris Gusic

Studied at the eth Zurich, fadu Universidad de Buenos Aires and ensa Paris La Villette. After graduating in 2008 he joined 6a Architects where he worked on numerous refurbishment projects. In 2010 he set up the architecture collaborative GRUPPE with Christoph Junk and Nicholas Lobo Brennan.

With GRUPPE he won the Swiss Art Award for Architecture in 2012, was nominated for the Iakov Chernikov Prize 2014 and was finalist for the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale. He has been teaching and lecturing throughout Europe. Since 2016 he runs his own practice Boris Gusic Architekt.                 Boris Gusic Architekt


Christoph Junk

studied architecture at eth Zurich and graduated in 2008 with a free diploma about theatre typologies. He developed the new ‘Kameratheater’ with director Hartmut Wickert. Since 2008 he was working on several architecture, writing and art projects in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. In 2010 he formed Gruppe with Boris Gusic and Nicholas Lobo Brennan. Gruppe is based in Zurich and is working on architecture, art, theatre and publishing projects. Since 2011 he is teaching assistant at Tom Emerson's Chair for Architecture and Design at eth Zurich.


Iela Herrling

studied architecture the Academia di Architettura in Mendrisio and East London University in the studios of Prof. Peter Zumthor, Adam Caruso & Peter St John and Aires Mateus. After graduating in 2004 she joined Herzog & de Meuron Architects in London and Basel as a project leader on various projects and competitions and was responsible for the publication of vol. 4 "Complete Works 1997-2001". In 2007 she opened the office ilai llc with Adi Heusser. From 2009 until 2013 she was teaching assistant for Christian Kerez in the first year course and has joined Tom Emerson's Chair for Architecture and Design at the eth Zurich in 2013.        ILAI


Nemanja Zimonjic

is an architect based in Zurich and Lausanne. He was educated at ETH Zurich where he graduated in 2013 with free diploma “Hidden Zurich", and Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade where he graduated in 2009 on Master studies in Architecture. Since 2007 he worked with Prof. Branislav Mitrović in Belgrade on numerous projects and competitions, and has been awarded Gran Prix of Serbian Salon for Architecture in 2011. Currently collaborates with several Swiss and UK architects and artists on various projects. In 2013 he joined Tom Emerson’s Chair for Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich as a teaching assistant. He has been a guest critic and a lecturer at various architecture schools. He is one of the founders of TEN and Architecture Unit, involved with publishing, teaching, drawing and building.         TEN


Philip Shelley

studied at the University of Cambridge and eth Zurich, graduating with an independent diploma project set in San José, Costa Rica. He has previously worked in the offices of Long & Kentish in London, Bolles & Wilson in Münster, and Bearth & Deplazes in Zurich; collaborating with Marcel Baumgartner in Zurich since 2011. He has served as guest critic at several schools of architecture, practices as a translator and editor of architectural writing, and writes about buildings, language and landscapes


Daniel Ganz

Founded the Zurich-based office Ganz Landschaftsarchitekten in 1995, whose projects include the landscape architecture of the renovated eth Polyterasse, the garden of C.G. Jung’s house in Küsnacht and the gardens of Terminal E at Zurich Airport. Originally trained as a gardener, he studied landscape architecture under Dieter Kienast in Rapperswil, afterwards working for several years in Kingston, Jamaica. Alongside his practice he regularly lectures and has previously held teaching positions as Guest Professor at the epf Lausanne 2011–12 and at the Hochschule für Technik in Rapperswil 2008–12. He joined Studio Tom Emerson in 2015.


    Guillaume Othenin-Girard

studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the Cooper Union in New York City and the Istanbul Technical University. He has worked in Switzerland and the United States on projects within the domains of architecture, carpentry and publishing. In 2010 he extended the field of his independent research through travels in Japan and Mongolia. He was a studio director in the alice laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne from 2012-14. He is a co-founder of TEN and Architecture Unit and collaborates with artists and architects on various design, writing and exhibition projects.         TEN


    Céline Bessire

is an architect based in Geneva and Zurich. She studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) as well as at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). In 2013 she graduated in Zurich with Professor Adam Caruso. Currently she is working in Geneva for Made In, and in has joined the Studio Tom Emerson as a teaching assistant in spring 2016.


Current Student Assistants

Lucio Crignola, Martin Zwahlen, Julius Henkel, Myriam Marti, David Moser


Former Assistants


    Adi Heusser

studied architecture at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio and the ETH Zurich in the studios of prof. Peter Zumthor and Adam Caruso & Peter St. John. 

From 1999 - 2000, and all the way through his studies he worked for UNDEND architects in Zurich on various projects and competitions. After the diploma in 2004 he worked as a project architect for Rundell Associates and Duggan Morris Architects until 2006 in London. Moving back to Zurich in 2006 he worked for e2 architects and was responsible for the new construction of the Zentrum für gehör und sprache in Wollishofen. In 2007 he opened the office ILAI LLC with Iela Herrling. From 2011 until 2013 he was teaching as a degree studio leader at the ETH Zurich for prof. Christian Kerez.        ILAI


Nicholas Lobo Brennan

studied at the University of the Arts London, the Royal College of Art, and London Metropolitan University. He worked at Architecture Research Unit (aru) with Professor Florian Beigel in London, una Arquitetos in São Paulo, as well as other architecture offices in London and Switzerland. He has been a critic and tutor at various architecture schools. He works with building, art, and publishing projects.


Steffen Jürgensen

studied at eth Zurich and at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. After graduating in 2003 he was a collaborator of Bosshard Vaquer Architekten and of Sergison Bates architects in London and Zurich until 2012. In 2010 he joined Tom Emerson's Chair for Architecture and Design at the eth. Together with Thomas Klement he set up Zurich based pratice Jürgensen Klement.


Philipp Imboden

studied at eth Zurich and epf Lausanne and graduated in 2008. He has worked for several architecture offices in Switzerland, New York, and Porto. He currently works for Architekturbüro Peter Zumthor in Haldenstein and joined Tom Emerson's Chair for Architecture and Design at eth as teaching assistant.


Lucy Styles

studied at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association, receiving her diploma through the riba office-based system. She has been working for Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa & Associates / sanaa since 2007, based between Japan and Europe. During this time she has been project architect for a number of international buildings, competitions and exhibitions, including the Serpentine Pavilion in London. She worked for many years on the construction of the Louvre-Lens museum in northern France and is currently responsible for buildings projects in Italy and the uk.      

Thomasine Wolfensberger

studied at eth Zurich. After graduating in 2003 she joined Herzog & de Meuron in Basel to work on the National Stadium Beijing. During the following years she was responsible project manager for the VitraHaus, in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Actelion Business Centre in Allschwil, Switzerland and Beijing Film Academy Quindao, China. In 2008 she became Associate of Herzog & de Meuron. She was then among others also in charge of the Guadalajara Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico and the Gasklocka, Residential Tower in Stockholm, Sweden. In August 2011 she joined Tom Emerson's Chair for Architecture and Design at eth as teaching assistant.



Former Student Assistants

Theresa Behling, Christian Gork, Florence Willi, Kevin Dröscher, Bianca Kummer, Karl Rühle, Lukas Mersch, Cristina Bellucci, Karlis Berzins, Lorenza Donati, Florian Ringli, Hanna Schlösser, Timo Töws, Lukas Fink