Team

Prof. Harry Gugger, Architect, Full Professor, Director of laba
Harry Gugger started his professional career as a toolmaker’s apprentice from 1973 to 1977. From 1984 to 1989 he studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) with Flora Ruchat and at Columbia University, New York with Tadao Ando. He received his degree in architecture at ETH Zurich in 1990. In the same year he began his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron (HdeM) when he was their assistant at the summer school in Karlsruhe. From 1991 to 2009 he was a partner of the firm. During his partnership Harry Gugger was, among many other projects, in charge of Tate Modern in London (1995-2000); the Headquaters for Prada USA in New York (2000-2002) and the Schaulager Basel for the Laurenz Foundation (1998-2003). His last projects at HdeM included CaixaForum, Madrid (2001–2008), Tate Modern Extension, London (2004- ) and KMOMA, The Kolkata Museum of Modern Art, Kolkata (2008- ). The Laban Dance Centre in London (1998-2003) was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2003. In 2004 Harry Gugger received the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim.

His academic career started as visiting professor at the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen in Weimar in 1994. From 2000-2006 he was an External Examiner at the AA School of Architecture in London. In 2001 he was a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). 2005 Harry Gugger became full professor for architectural design at the EPFL, where he founded the Laboratory for Architectural Production (lapa). His laboratory was in charge of the National Participation of Bahrain “Reclaim” at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 winning the Golden Lion award. In 2011 Harry Gugger transformed his laboratory into Laboratoire Bâle (laba) a satellite laboratory of the EPFL situated in Basel and dedicated to urban and architectural design.

From 1999-2007 Harry Gugger Harry Gugger was a member of the cityscape commission in Basel and was on the board of trustees of the Swiss Architecture Museum from 2004-2007. 2010 he became a member of the board of trustees of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The same year he founded his new practice Harry Gugger Studio.

Augustin Clement, Architect, Teaching Assistant
Augustin Clement was born in Paris (FR) in 1988. He studied architecture at EPFL, where he received his degree in 2013 under Professors Dieter Dietz and Harry Gugger. Following his graduation he worked at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and was involved in a number of international projects. In 2017 he established his own practice in Geneva and joined Laba; the academic chair of Prof. Harry Gugger as a teaching assistant.

Barbara Costa, Architect, Head of Research
Bárbara Maçães Costa graduated in 2008 from the Univ. of Porto Faculty of Architecture (dipl. Arch.) and in 2016 from the Univ. of Lisbon Faculty of Fine-Arts (MFA). Between 2009 and 2011, she was project architect for the Belgian landscape architecture office Bureau Bas Smets. She is currently employed at the EPFL’s Laboratory Basel (LABA) as doctoral assistant and lecturer of the Teaching Unit U – Cartography. Her research focusses on environmental aesthetics and representation in architecture, with an emphasis on cartography as a situated language. More broadly, she is interested in issues of justice and political ecology within the built environment (eco-feminism, eco-socialism, nature rights). Fields of expertise include cartography and drawing, landscape theory and environmental aesthetics. She was teaching assistant in figure and landscape drawing at the Lisbon Faculty of Fine-Arts (fall 2012) and visiting lecturer in cartography at the University of Basel (fall 2017). She has given talks at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Erasmus Hoogeschool Jette, ENSAS Strasbourg, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, University of Liechtenstein, Université Grenoble Alpes, and the ETH D-ARCH.

Juliette Fong, Head Administration
Juliette Fong joined laba in 2011. She is also a web project manager and portrait photographer.

Alexandros Fotakis, Architect, Teaching Assistant
Alexandros Fotakis was born in Athens in 1980. He has completed his studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Imperial College London where he graduated in 2003. After working several years in the industry, he studied architecture at the EPFL, where he received his degree in 2013 under Professor Harry Gugger and Professor Christian Gilot. Between 2013 and 2016 he worked as an architect for Dreier Frenzel in Lausanne. In 2017 he establishes his own practice in Lausanne and starts teaching architecture as assistant of Atelier Dreier Frenzel at the EPFL. In 2018 he joins laba under Prof. Harry Gugger as teaching assistant.

Tiago Trigo, Architect, Teaching Assistant
Tiago Trigo was born in Porto (PT) in 1985. He studied architecture at FAUP and PUC (Santiago de Chile). He received his degree from FAUP in 2010 (M. Arch). Subsequently he worked in Porto with Eduardo Souto de Moura. In 2012 he received an INOV-Art scholarship and moved to Seattle, where he worked with Olson Kundig Architects. In 2013 he moved to Basel to work with Silvia Gmür Reto Gmür Architekten. In 2017 he established his own practice in Porto and joined the academic chair of Prof. Harry Gugger as a teaching assistant. He writes regularly for architecture magazines with articles published, among others, in Jornal Arquitectos (PT), Arq/a. (PT), Clog Magazine (US) and Trans Magazin (CH).

Charlotte Truwant, Architect, Research Assistant Charlotte Truwant was born in Annecy (FR) in 1980. She studied architecture at EPFL where she received her degree in 2006 under Professors Patrick Berger and Harry Gugger. Subsequently she went to work in Copenhagen and Brussel. In 2009 she moved back to Basel in Switzerland, to work for Pascal Flammer and Miller&Maranta. Since 2013 she joined the academic chair of Prof. Harry Gugger, where she is teaching and researching on contextualism. In parallel she established her own practice Charlotte Truwant Architect, with projects ranging from large scale urban studies, architecture competition to product design and exhibition installations.