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Team

MILICA TOPALOVIC
is Associate Professor of Architecture and Territorial Planning at the ETH Department of Architecture. From 2011-15 she held a research professorship at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, studying the relationship between a city and its hinterland. In 2006 she joined the ETH as head of research at Studio Basel Contemporary City Institute and the professorial chairs held by Diener and Meili, where she taught research studios on cities and on territories such as Hong Kong and the Nile Valley. Milica graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade and received a Master’s degree from the Dutch Berlage Institute for her thesis on Belgrade’s post-socialist urban transformation. Since 2000, she worked on projects in different spatial scales and visual media. With Studio Basel she authored and edited Belgrade. Formal / Informal: A Research on Urban Transformation, and The Inevitable Specificity of Cities. She contributes essays on urbanism, architecture and art to various magazines and publications.

MURIZ DJURDJEVIC
holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from EPF Lausanne with a focus on urban and territorial planning. After graduating at Laboratory Basel in 2016, he joined Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and gained first experiences working on various international projects ultimately focusing on territorial, urban and infrastructural planning. As a Project Manager he was responsible for the winning competition for Ronquoz 21. His diploma thesis “Atlas of Overexploited Territories – Baltic Sea” investigated the urbanization of sea territories and their extensive operational landscapes as part of the worlwide urban fabric. His research has been exhibited at the Baltic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2016 and published in The Baltic Atlas (2016). As co-founder and former editor at Atlas of Places, he has lectured and taught workshops at USI Mendrisio (2017) and Transitional Territories, Delta Urbanism at TU Delft (2019). In 2020, he joined the ETH Architecture of Territory with Prof. Milica Topalovic where he is part of the research and teaching team.

EVELYNE GORDON
is in charge of all administrative tasks at the professorship. She oversees the chair’s finances, human resource planning and general administrative matters. Further, as Programme Lead Assistant for the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, she organizes a variety of events taking place in Zurich. Prior to joining the ETH in 2007, Evelyne worked in various positions in the field of marketing/communication in the business aviation and travel industry, both in Switzerland and Canada. She joined Architecture of Territory in 2018 after working with Professor emeritus Kees Christiaanse’s team at the ETH Institute for Urban Design.

DOROTHEE HAHN
is an architect, editor, and curator working between Zurich and Berlin. Since completing her studies in architecture at TU Berlin and ETH Zurich, she has focused on writing, editing, and exhibiting both as a fellow at ARCH+ and collaborating with the architectural firm Brandlhuber+. Dorothee is interested in understanding how architecture shapes the environment, how the practice itself is in turn conditioned by political and economic forces, and how these issues can be communicated to a broader public. She was co-curator of the exhibition 1989–2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2019) and was part of the team of the Biennale project 2038: The New Serenity for the German Pavilion (2020). As a writer, she has contributed to architecture magazines ARCH+, Hochparterre, and archithese. Most recently, she co-curated the exhibition The Power of Mushrooms: Berta Rahm’s Pavilion for the Saffa 58 at gta exhibitions (2021).

HANS HORTIG
studied landscape architecture at the Technical University Berlin, the ETH Zurich and the School of Design, Mysore. He graduated from the TU Berlin Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in 2012. His graduation thesis, which focused on the influence of the Cauvery River on the territory of South India, was supported by a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellowship. After working as a freelance landscape architect he joined the team of Milica Topalovic at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore in June 2013, and moved with the team to the ETH Zurich in August 2015.

VESNA JOVANOVIC
is an independent architect and researcher based in Basel, Switzerland. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Belgrade, and a Postgraduate degree from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. In 2010 she worked as part of a larger team on a governmental capacity-building project between Holland and Turkey on restructuring the development of Diyarbakir, its governmental housing expansions and the preservation of its historical city core. Subsequently, she worked in Brussels for 51N4E on large-scale urban studies for Istanbul (IABR 2012: Making City) and on a restructuring project for the Brussels Metropolitan Region (Brussels 2040, BOZAR). She was involved in territorial research and teaching at ETH Studio Basel from 2011 to 2015 where she cowrote and coedited the book Territory – On the Development of Landscape and City (Park Books, 2016). In 2014 she held an urban geography course at the Université de Neuchâtel, Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines, on visualizing socioeconomic processes spatially in the territory. From 2015 to 2020 she was lead architect at Diener & Diener Architects in Basel, working most notably on the now built urban ensemble Îlot B2 in Lyon Confluence and planning the redevelopment of Basel’s historic seat of the chemical industry into a new living and working neighborhood (Klybeckplus). She has guest lectured at the Moscow School of Architecture, the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Universität der Künste, Berlin, and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam. In 2021 she joined the team of Milica Topalović and is coordinating the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban and Territorial Design.

KAROLINE KOSTKA
is a landscape architect, researcher, and teaching assistant working in Switzerland and Germany. She studied at TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, and School of Design Mysore and graduated from TU Berlin Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in 2013. From 2013-2015 Karoline has worked as a research fellow at the Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) with the Chair of Territorial Organization led by Prof. Marc Angelil, and the Chair of Architecture of Territory led by Prof. Milica Topalović. In 2015, Karoline joined as research and teaching assistant the Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) ETH Zürich, coordinating design studio cycles in Arcadia, Belgrade, and Geneva. Since 2018 she has been part of the international ‘Consultation Grand Genève 2050’ where she has contributed as researcher and project coordinator to the project ‘GRAND GENÈVE ET SON SOL. Propriety. Ecology. Identity: A Charter for the Socio-Ecological Transition of a Cross-Border Metropolitan Region’.

METAXIA MARKAKI
is an architect and researcher working between Athens and Zurich. She studied architecture at NTU-Athens and ENSAPLV-Paris and specialized in urban and territorial studies at ETH Zurich. She has taught research and design at ETH Studio Basel and Harvard GSD with Professors Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and at ETH Architecture of Territory with Professor Milica Topalovic. Metaxia’s interest lies in the interstice between territorial research and architecture and it is carried out through design projects, teaching and writing. She is co-author of the book achtung: die Landschaft (2015). Since 2017, she is organising and teaching the thesis elective Projects on Territory, on critical representation through silkscreen drawing. The work has been exhibited in S AM, Basel (2018) and ZAZ, Zurich (2019). She is currently pursuing a PhD at the ETH LUS Doctoral School observing the particular idiosyncrasy of Greek countryside.

GYLER MYDYTI
is an architect and researcher. She obtained, with distinction, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Istanbul Technical University (2007) and Politecnico di Milano (2009). She holds a PhD from Politecnico di Milano, where she also taught town planning design studios. While developing her PhD dissertation on the city-university relationship and its effects on large urban transformations, she developed research and workshops on the urban developments of Prishtina. She is the co-author of the book/research project, Concrete Mushrooms. Reusing Albania’s 750,000 Abandoned Bunkers, as well as the author of various articles. From 2016-17, she held the postdoctoral Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, and from 2017-18 was a scientific assistant at the Chair of Prof. em Kees Christiaanse. Her current research focuses on territorial transformations in post-conflict and post-socialist cities.

FERDINAND PAPPENHEIM
studied architecture at the ETH Zurich with a focus on urban and territorial planning. He worked for 6a architects in London and on various competitions and projects in Germany and South Africa before graduating from the ETH in December 2015. His free diploma thesis “Stadtwald” investigated the potential of the municipal forests in Zurich as urban parks and was awarded the ETH Medal. In August 2016, he joined the team at the Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, where he is part of the research and teaching team, coordinating studio cycles in Belgrade and Geneva. Currently he is also part of the Consultation for Greater Geneva.

MICHAEL STÜNZI
studied architecture at ETH Zurich, Hong Kong University, and at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. He worked for Blue Architects in Zurich before leaving for Kyoto to work for the Japanese artist Kohei Nawa. Returning to Switzerland, he founded his own architecture firm SQUADRAT Architekten with former fellow students. Already having built first projects, he returned to ETH to complete his studies with a master thesis at the chair of Marc Angélil. Since graduating, he has taught architectural design at the chairs of Marc Angélil and Milica Topalović. In addition to his work at the ETH and at SQUADRAT Architekten, he is an elected member of the planning and building committee of Thalwil and is involved in various political projects related to public spaces at different scales.

NAZLI TÜMERDEM
is an architect and researcher. She received her B.Arch degree (2008) from Istanbul Technical University and M.Arch degree (2011) from Istanbul Bilgi University. She worked as an architect in various architectural offices and as a lecturer at several universities. In 2016, she was part of the team of Turkish Pavilion for the 15th Architecture Biennial of Venice. She completed her Ph.D. entitled ‘Istanbul Walkabouts: A Critical Walking Study of Northern Istanbul’ (2018) at Istanbul Technical University and continues performing walks around northern Istanbul for her independent walking project Istanbul Walkabouts. In September 2019, she joined the Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning as a postdoctoral researcher holding the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship.

JAN WESTERHEIDE
studied architecture at ETH Zurich and at CEPT University in Ahmedabad. During his studies he was part of the chair of Prof. Kees Christiaanse at ETH, assisting in studio preparation and urban planning studies. At the editor’s office of ARCH+ in Berlin he worked on topics of the property issue, universalism and helped preparing the exhibition ‘Atlas of Commoning’. He was in the final selection for designing the Swiss Pavillon for the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2020. In February 2019 he joined the Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning as part of the teaching team.

GODA BUDVYTYTE
is an independent graphic designer who currently runs her practice between Amsterdam, Brussels and, occasionally, other cities. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in 2008 and Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem) in 2011. She works within contemporary art and other cultural fields. Her work ranges from editorial design to visual identities, digital applications and exhibition design. Her recent commissions include books and other printed material for Tate St.Ives, Cornwell; Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Wiels, Brussels; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Jeu de Paume and Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; identities for Lithuanian Pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; and Beirut Art Centre, Cairo.

Former Collaborators

TOBIAS BAITSCH
MARCEL JÄGGI
FABIAN KIEPENHEUER
MARTIN KNÜSEL
STEFANIE KRAUTZIG
CHARLOTTE MALTERRE-BARTHES
MARIJA MARIĆ
THAÏS DE ROQUEMAUREL
ADRIANNE WILSON
LUKAS WOLFENSBERGER