The practice of Survey, Design and Build characterises a teaching method of applied research developed as part of TEN and as researcher at Studio Tom Emerson at ETH Zurich. Using this method, projects are made by groups of students working together: at the large scale, in making territorial and topographic surveys (of drawings, photographs and archival material), and at the smaller scale, in 1:1 design and build structures. The most recent of these series of structures, A Room for Archaeologists and Kids – as part of the course Archaeology of the Territory taught and directed within Studio Tom Emerson at ETH Zurich – allowed students to research and build within the archaeological sanctuary of Pachacámac in Peru, becoming sensitive to issues of landscape and material, and experiencing natural processes of growth and decay over time.
Guillaume Othenin-Girard holds a Master’s Degree in architecture from ETH Zurich where, since 2014, he has taught design and construction in the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson, as well as leading the design-and-build research project Archaeology of the Territory in collaboration with PUCP Lima in Peru. He was a studio director in the first year program of the School of Architecture at EPF Lausanne and a member of ALICE design research team and EPFL+ECAL Lab. He is the author of Go Field and Towers (Amarillo Press, 2017), an approach to teaching and architecture centred around the body’s experience of space and articulated through a direct manual relationship with drawing and building. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012) and Artgeneva (2016, 2017). Guillaume is a founding member of TEN, a design research studio based in Zurich, winner of the Swiss Art Award for Architecture in 2018.
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