Thomas Durisch, born 1963 in Minneapolis, graduated as an architect from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 1990. He has been working at Peter Zumthor's studio from 1990-94 and runs his own practice in Zurich since 1995. He was curator of the exhibition Peter Zumthor: Bauten und Projekte 1986 2007 at Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2007. Peter Zumthor, born 1943 in Basel (Switzerland), trained as a cabinet maker and was educated as designer and architect at the College of Applied Arts in Basel and the Pratt Institute in New York. He runs his own architectural studio in Haldenstein (Switzerland) since 1979. He is also been lecturing at the Academy of Architecture of the Universita della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio (Switzerland) and various universities and colleges in Europe and the US. Zumthor has also been awarded many prizes for his work, including the highest honours in international architecture: the Praemium Imperiale (Japan, 2008), the Pritzker Prize (USA, 2009), and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal (UK, 2012).
"Peter Zumthor is one of the most philosophic architects working
today. . . . [In] the captivatingly beautiful pages of this
publication, . . . Thomas Durisch and the bibliophilic publisher
Scheidegger and Spiess. . . . have taken pains to render palpable
the multiple ways in which Zumthor's art moves beyond the visual.
Rather than simply juxtaposing sketches, maps, and design plans
with photographs of realized buildings, as is often the case with
the architecture coffee-table book, these visual materials are
deployed in a manner that reveals the working of the architect's
imagination. . . . Each section is accompanied by well-written,
translucent, somewhat rhapsodic reflections by Zumthor."
-- "Times Literary Supplement" (5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM)