Professor Tom Emerson obe DipArch(Cantab) riba sia

Founded 6a architects with Stephanie Macdonald in London in 2001. 6a has recently completed the new mk Gallery in Milton Keynes, the South London Gallery, a photography studio complex for Juergen Teller and Cowan Court at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. 6a architects has received several riba Awards, the Schelling Medal in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2017. Emerson appointed Officer of the British Empire (obe) in the 2021 New Year Honours List for services to architecture and education and was awarded the 2018 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize in Zürich.

Work and writings by the practice have been exhibited and published internationally. Books include Never Modern produced in collaboration with Irénée Scalbert (Park Books, 2014) and a monograph by El Croquis was published in 2018.

He studied at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art in London and the University of Cambridge. He taught at the Architectural Association (2000-04), Cambridge (2004-10) and, since 2010 has been professor of architecture at the eth Zurich.

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Boris Gusic
is part of the founding team of the Studio Tom Emerson. He teaches with the studio since 2010. He has led numerous collective construction projects and elective courses, held lectures on construction and tutored the free master thesis. He ran the design studios leading to the Manifesta 11 Pavilion of Reflections 2016 and the semester on Altering Architecture in 2019 and contributed to the studio’s publications and exhibitions.

He 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 that won the Swiss Art Award for Architecture in 2012. He has been teaching and lecturing throughout Europe including the TU Berlin, KIT Karlsruhe, University of Bolzano, KU Leuven and the Sandberg Institut in Amsterdam. From 2018 to 2020 he ran a course at the HSLU Lucerne with Philipp Imboden.

Since 2016 he runs his practice Boris Gusic Architekten in Zürich with which he won the Swiss Art Award in 2020. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2012/2018 and the Lisbon Triennale 2019.

Boris Gusic Architekt

Daniel Ganz

Founded the Zürich-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 Zürich 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.

Amy Perkins

studied architecture at Cambridge University and London Metropolitan University, graduating in 2013. A founding member of Assemble Studio in 2010, she has worked on the Cineroleum and Folly for a Flyover self build projects. She worked for Caruso St John in London for a total of six years working on a range of projects including the renovation of the Tate Britain, Stockholm City Library, Hospitalfields Arts and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. She taught undergraduate unit 2 at Cambridge University Department of Architecture from 2016-2017 with Rod Heyes and joined Tom Emerson's Chair for Architecture and Design at the eth as teaching assistant in 2018.

Lucio Crignola

studied architecture at eth Zürich and fadu Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has worked for different architecture offices in Switzerland and Chile on various design, competition and construction projects. Together with Tobia Rapelli he has founded the Zurich-based architecture office CRRA Studio. He joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction at ETH Zurich as teaching assistant in summer 2019.

CRRA Studio

Lorenza Donati

Is an architect and co-founded with Antoine Berchier the practice ALIAS based in Zürich/Paris. She graduated in 2015 with Palace Robert at the Studio Tom Emerson, she worked with 6a Architects, Illai, and collaborated with Bruther as a project manager on various projects and competitions. Aside she taught the first-year studio with Prof. Christian Kerez, the Master studio S+ with Arno Brandlhuber and various workshops at ENSA Paris Malaquais and Royal Academy of Fine Arts x UAntwerp. Regularly she is invited to juries at the Academia di Mendrisio, ETHZ, EAV&T Paris-Est, and HSLU. Currently, she is the co-president of the Verein Kunsthalle Bern. She joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction at ETHZ as a teaching assistant in spring 2022.


Sonja Flury

is a Zurich-based architect and curator. After completing her Masters at ETH Zurich in 2018, she joined the artist-residency Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart working in the art, science & business department. From August 2019 onwards she joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson as a teaching assistant. She is a founder and president of the Verein ProSaffa1958-Pavillon aiming to retrieve and rebuild Berta Rahms's contribution to the Saffa 1958. Her interest in softening the boundary between planning and building is put into practice as part of the architectural practice Architekturgenossenschaft C/O. She engages in critical discourses surrounding Swiss building culture as a member of ZAS*. Her curatorial work includes the exhibition "Engaging with Histories" at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, "Power of Mushrooms" at the gta Ausstellungen and the U5 Studio XOX as part of Kunst: Szene Zürich.

Michelle Geilinger

is an architect based in Zurich and studied architecture at ETH Zurich and FAU São Paulo. After graduating in 2018 she worked together with Kueng Caputo for five years on material research, exhibitions, design and construction projects. In 2022 she joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction at ETH Zurich as a teaching assistant.

Julius Henkel

graduated as an architect from ETH Zürich after studying at the Bauhaus-University-Weimar and the EPF in Lausanne. He was practicing in various offices in Chur, Zürich, and Basel, among which Angela Deuber, Herzog & de Meuron, and the artist Pedro Wirz.He was teaching as a studio director at the Chair ALICE at the EPFL and joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction in 2023. His interest lies in the intersections of arts and architecture with a special focus on material research, physical crafting, and DIY culture.

Current Student Assistants

Janic Caduff, Gian Hugi, Delia Mattys, Florin Meier, Allegra Milesi, Alissa Luks, Janis Stainhauser