Organizer: Assistant Professor's Chair Stalder
Date : Tuesday, 19. April 2011
Time : 08:30 to 10:00
Location : HIL H 40.4
see video (19.04.2011)
Jean-Marc Lamunière (*1925) earned his degree in architecture from the University of Florence. After his studies, he and Pierre Bussat opened their own firm in Geneva. In 1967, he began what would become a regular exchange with Louis Kahn, receiving frequent invitations to speak at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1973 he was appointed professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. There, together with Jacques Gubler, he later founded the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, which he led from 1987 to 1992.
Most of Lamunière’s work has been realized in and around Geneva. These include a residential and commercial house in Lancy (1961–1965), the archive and the greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens (1967–1972; 1979–1987), the Villa Dussel (1969–1974), and the residence on Quai Gustave-Ador (1978–1984). Another key work is the Center for Information and Graphics in Lausanne (1957–1961).
His drawings and watercolors have been exhibited internationally, including at the Architecture Biennale in Venice (1980). His approach to architecture combines rationalism and classicism and defends the architect’s role as artist.