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Michael Gnehm


MICHAEL GNEHM is a research associate at the Accademia di architettura of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Mendrisio. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Zurich in 2004 with a book on ARCHITECTURE AND LANGUAGE in Gottfried Semper, and his habilitation (second book) in Art and Architectural History in 2010 from ETH Zurich with a work on literary aspects of architectural description. He is teaching at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich on the HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE. In 2006, he was awarded the Prix Jubilé of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences for an article on the first German translation of Vitruvius in the 16th century. Since 2017, he is PROJECT LEADER of the critical and commented edition of Gottfried Semper’s Style, a collaboration between the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, and the Istituto di storia e teoria dell’arte e dell’architettura (ISA), USI Mendrisio. In his TEACHING AND RESEARCH, Michael Gnehm focuses on architectural positions from the 19th to the 21st centuries against the backdrop of the relationship between history and the present. His forthcoming lecture course discusses stories in architectural theory. A list of PUBLICATIONS with PDFs is available here.


Gottfried Semper: Style. Digital Edition, 2017–24.

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