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.

6a architects

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

Nemanja Zimonjic
is an architect based between Zurich and Belgrade. He is a founding member of TEN, studio for architecture that won Swiss Art Award for Architecture in 2018 and Foundation Award 2020. He was educated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) where he received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc) with honors, and at the University of Belgrade where he graduated with a Master of Architecture. Since 2013 he has taught and researched at the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction at ETH Zurich, within which he has been responsible for second year design studio and several exhibition and publication projects, such as Glasgow Atlas, including a long term experimental pedagogical and building project titled Garden together with the landscape architect Daniel Ganz. His work has been exhibited at ETH Zurich, the Venice Architecture Biennale (2008), Artgeneve (2016, 2017); his writing and drawings have been published in various magazines, architecture journal EROS and the book GO FIELD and TOWERS (Amarillo Press, 2017). He has been invited to speak and present his work at RWTH Aachen, EPFL Lausanne, TU Delft.


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.

Larissa Ellen Müllner

studied architecture at TU Munich, EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich. After graduating in 2017 she began working for Schmidlin Architekten in Zurich. She was involved in the realization of Muzeum Susch in Engadine and joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction at ETH Zurich as teaching assistant in spring 2019.

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 Zürich-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

Sonja Flury

is a Zurich-based architect. 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 co-president of the Verein ProSaffa1958-Pavillon aiming to retrieve and rebuild Berta Rahms's contribution to the Saffa 1958. Under the project title sie baut she organizes educational and social events for female architects together with the architect Kathrin Füglister.

Elena Chiavi

is a swiss architect educated both at the Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio (BA) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne (MSc). Since graduating in 2016 she has worked as an assistant at the ALICE EPFL laboratory. She was a studio director for first year students in architecture for two consecutive years and led two experimental garden projects within House 3 in Brussels and Houses/Gardens in Evian. She also took care of publications and the general communication of the lab and continues teaching diploma students. Aside from teaching she was part of the editorial board of CARTHA magazine between 2015 and 2018. She believes in collaboration and works on multi-disciplinary self-built projects exploring gardens at the intersection of scenography, landscape and architecture. She joined the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson at the ETH in 2019.

Current Student Assistants

Joel Berger, Matyas Enz, Shen He, Juliette Martin