Das Glossar soll eine Einführung in die gesamte grundlegende Führung durch die Strukturen der Fakultät für Architektur der ETH Zürich geben und dient als Werkzeug, mit dem Studierende beginnen können, die Institution für aktiv für sich zu gestalten. Es ist grob in 5 Bereiche unterteilt:

Department, Institution, Mitglieder, Verbände und Infrastruktur.

Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) is responsible for the operational management of the general departmental tasks in the areas of teaching, research, planning, coordi- nation, and support. It consists of: Dean, Vice Dean, Director of Studies, Director of Research. (Geschäftsord- nung Art. 33, 34, 35)

Departementsausschuss (DA)

The Department Committee (DA) advis- es on the day-to-day business of the department and helps prepare the deci- sions to be taken at the Department Conference. It is comparable to an ex- tended executive board, in which many strategic questions as well as financial and professorial planning are dis-

Geschäftsordnung des Departements Architektur

The Geschäftsordnung of the Department of Architecture is the totality of all legal guidelines and rules of the department. A current version can be found on the department’s website

Strategy Paper D-ARCH 2021—2024

The Strategy Paper was written by Dean Christophe Girot in December 2019 and states the general direction of developments at the department. As written in the paper, design excellence through studio has always been and remains at the core of the department’s competence. Further, in order to ensure that the D-ARCH remains a major academic actor worldwide for its transdisciplinary research and teaching in design, the paper sets up the following thematic fields, where the development of the department will focus on:

• Architecture, Care and Public Health

• Digital Data Science: Computational Design, Augmented Reality, Visualizing and Modelling

• Environmental Responsiveness and Extreme Environments

• Advanced Materials in Architectural Manufacturing: Digital Fabrication and Building Technologies.

Generally, it aims for a more research-based studio teaching. As an important annex to the paper, it lists the professorships becoming vacant due to retirements in the period 2021–2024.

Institutes and Divisions

The professorships at the Department of Architecture are part of institutes which focus on a specific range of topics. Within an institute, there exists a greater exchange in the form of joint projects and joint agendas. The institutes of the D-ARCH are:

• Institute of Design and Architecture (IEA)

• Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA)

• Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta)

• Institute of Landscape und Urban Studies (LUS)

• Institute of Construction History and Preservation (IDB).

The Network City and Landscape (NSL) is an overarching grouping of institutes, namely the LUS Institute of the D-ARCH and other institutes of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG ). (Gesch ftsordnung, Art. 4)

Institut für Entwurf und Architektur (IEA)

The Institute of Design and Architecture (IEA) teaches the disciplines of design and construction, which is seen as an essential part of education at the Department. It groups the 24 professors involved in studio teaching. Established in 2016, it aims to coordinate and discuss matters concerning the studio curriculum and diploma, to exchange and develop expertise in studio teaching, and to represent the architects teaching at the school where necessary. The annual budget of the IEA amounted in 2018 to CHF 13.5 Mio., which corresponds to 34% of ETH Basic Funding for the D-ARCH.

Institut für Technologie in der Architektur (ITA)

The Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) has been housed in the ArcTecLab since 2016 and groups seven professors that develop teaching and research in the fields of structural design, robotic fabrication, building technology, CAAD and building processes. The annual budget of the ITA amounted in 2018 to CHF 7 Mio., which corresponds to 17.6% of ETH Basic Funding for the D-ARCH.

Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (gta)

The Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) consists of four professors and one visiting professor, who are all involved in the teaching and research in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism. The gta encompasses the gta Archives, its publishing house (gta Verlag), its exhibition platform (gta Exhibitions) and gta Digital, a unit devoted to developing methods and tools for digital architectural history. The annual budget of the gta amounted in 2018 to CHF 5.3 Mio., which corresponds to 13.3% of ETH Basic Funding for the D-ARCH • There are currently 12 doctoral students (66.6% of whom are women).

Arno Brandlhuber

Professor, IEA • DE • Brandlhuber + • Associate Professor since 2017, until 2023 • Focus: Online TV station, aimed at reaching a broader audience. As part of the teaching programme, s+ is offering different classes which are focusing on the medium of video as a design tool. Each design studio is dedicated to a contemporary topic which is re-defining our architectural practice, such as:  The Property Show  (2017), Real Virtuality (2018), Architecture as Argument  (2018), Once Upon a Time in the Future…(2019) and  Housing the Non-Human (ongoing). • Language: EN/DE

Gion A. Caminada

Associate Professor, IEA • CH • Caminada Architekten • Chair of Architecture and Design. Assistant Professor 1998. Professor since 2008, until 2023 • Focus:  ORTE SCHAFFEN ist ein Projekt für den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik, Handwerk, Architektur und anderen Disziplinen. Die Kernidee besteht darin, R ume zu schaffen, die einen unmittelbaren Bezug zu ihren Bewohnern haben. • Language: DE

Adam Caruso

Professor, IEA • CA • Caruso St John Architects • Chair of Architecture and Construction. Professor since 2011, until 2027 • Focus: The evident failure of architecture to address the imbalances of contemporary life provided the motivation to look again at the more ideological and programmatic promises of modernism, particularly the second wave of the 60s and 70s, when discourse was broadened to encompass themes of gender, the legacies of empire and the growing imbalances in our environment. • Language: EN

Francois Charbonnet

Professor, IEA • CH • Made In • Chair of Architecture and Design, together with office partner Patrick Heiz. Professor since 2018, until 2038. Teaches the  Voluptas  studio • Focus: Amending the millenary Vitruvian ordinances of firmitas, utilitas and venustas, Voluptas initiates a transversal investigation on contemporary issues and sets combinatory dynamics as the channel of proliferating singularities. • Language: EN


AAA is the Association of Assistants. It represents the interests of assistants and doctoral students within the Department of Architecture.

President AAA

The President of AAA represents the Mittelbau at the Department Committee (DA). The current President is Sareem Sunderland.


VSETH is the overarching organization of all students at ETH. It represents the voice of the students within ETH committees, drafts action papers and issues public statements to influence ETH regulations. It manages a broad infrastructure, advertisement channels and engages in consultation with student organizations. It also organizes big events, such as the Erstsemestrigenfest. The network of organizations that VSETH manages, which can be divided into four categories: Associated Organisations (e.g. Z&H, Kosta), Commissions (eg. Challenge, ETH MUN), Recognised Organisations (e.g. Bündnerclub) and Study Associations (e.g. Architektura, AIV). All study associations are legally incorporated within VSETH as a part of their statutes.


The Fachvereinsrat is a summit of representatives of all student associations at ETH, which meets every third week during the semester. It is a controlling organ of the VSETH.


The HIL building is shared by D-ARCH and D-BAUG and situated at Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5, 8093 Zurich. The building is currently run by Ronald Schildknecht ( and belongs to the  Geb udebereich  HI • The area used by the D-ARCH in HIL totals 9089.1m2 (4477.8 offices, 3225.4 infrastructure, 1385.9 teaching/edv) • Yearly costs: cleaning: CHF 201 505; maintenance of technical facilities: CHF 231,772; repair: CHF 64,259; total: CHF 497,537


The ONA building is rented by the D-ARCH and situated in a former arms factory in Oerlikon, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, 8093 Zurich. The building is currently run by Simon Wepfer ( and belongs to the  Geb udebereich AM • The total area used by the D-ARCH in ONA totals 2433.8m2 (1122.7 offices, 554.2 infrastructure, 756.8 teaching/edv) • Yearly Costs: cleaning: CHF 77,346; maintenance of technical facilities: CHF 33,051; repair: CHF 13,434; Total CHF 123,831


The  Pavilions  contain the buildings HIR, HIQ and HIP. The buildings are currently run by Ronald Schildknecht ( and belongs to the  Gebudebereich  HI • The total area used by the D-ARCH in the Pavilions  buildings totals 1460.8 m2 (297.2 offices, 62 infrastructure, 1101.7 teaching/edv) • Yearly costs: cleaning: CHF 34,168; maintenance of technical facilities: CHF 23,986; repair: CHF 6,252; total: CHF 64,406