Peter Swinnen is an architect. He currently practices architecture at his Brussels based office CRIT. and conducts PhD research at the KUL University on The political praxis of architecture. Between 2010-15 Swinnen enrolled as state architect for the Flemish Region, a public mandate for which he developed strategic pilot instruments allowing architecture to become – again – a leading policy making discipline. The pilot programs focused on collective housing, health care infrastructure, blackfields and energy landscapes. In 2013 he co-curated The Ambition of the Territory at the Architecture Biennale Venice. From 1998 till 2014 Swinnen founded and spearheaded the architectural office of 51N4E, with key projects such as C-MINE, TID Tower, Skanderbeg Square, ISTANBUL 2050, BUDA Arts Centre and the walled Arteconomy residence. In 2011 he edited the publications Reasons For Walling a House and Double or Nothing.
Starting in autumn 2016 Peter Swinnen is guest lecturer at ETH Zürich.
Barbara Campbell-Lange is an architect. She studied at the Bartlett UCL, the Architectural Association, Cooper Union NY and Cambridge University, has worked in both public and private sectors, for the construction industry, the engineering profession and for six RIBA Gold Medalists. From 2009–2016 she explored teaching-as-research at the Architectural Association as a Unit Master, then as Head of Teaching. Since 2013 she has been participating in the MPhil MAUD Programme at Cambridge University; since 2007 in the Fine Art Research Programme at the Royal College of Art supervising PhDs in Painting and Photography. Editor of An Engineer Imagines by Peter Rice (1995); author of Paris (1997), John Lautner: Disappearing Space (1999/2005) and A Book of Hours, forthcoming for Copy Press. Short texts on thinking and making include The Question of the Present for the Public Occasion Agency 2012, The Question of Honours for AArchitecture 2013, Towards a Prosody of Non-qualities for Little Worlds 2014 and Riddles of Perception for Research Observe Make 2015. Her studio is in London. In August 2016 she joined Studio Swinnen (ETH Zürich) as an external expert.
Philippe Nathan is an architect. After having collaborated with Brussels-based architecture office ‘51N4E’ for 3 years, he returned in 2010 to Luxembourg to found the office ‘2001’.
‘2001’ is a studio – atelier – lab, which is developing territories, buildings, spaces, ideas and strategies. Beside 2001’s practice in architecture, urbanism and territorial development, Philippe Nathan is continuously engaging in juries, lectures and the writing of essays within the local cultural context. He taught at the University of Brussels in 2015, and is a studio tutor for the 2016 summerschool of the University of Luxembourg on the theme of “architecture and migration”. In August 2016 he joins Studio Swinnen (ETH Zürich) as teaching assistant.
Mélissa Vrolixs studied at the EPF Lausanne, ETH Zürich and Harvard University. In parallel with her studies she collaborated with Made in Sàrl (Geneva – Zürich) and the Chair for the Theory of Architecture of Laurent Stalder (ETH Zürich). After graduating with Professor Tom Emerson, she joined Studio Sito Architekten (Zürich) before to found the office “Marginalia” in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In August 2016 she joined Studio Swinnen (ETH Zürich) as teaching assistant.