*1963 born in Baltimore, MD, USA; 1983-1993 he studied art history, history and german literature in Geneva, Vienna and Berlin; 1989 Licence ès Lettres, Université de Genève; 1993 Dr. phil., Freie Universität Berlin; 1999 Habilitation, ETH Zürich; 1992-93 assistant/maître assisant, Departement de l’histoire de l’art, Université de Genève; 1993-1999 Oberassistent, Institut gta, ETH Zürich; 1997-2000 Visiting Professor, Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel, Geneva; 1998 Visiting Professor Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee; 1999 Replacement of a professorship ETH Zürich; 1999-2001 Replacement of a professorship, Hochschule der Künste Berlin; 2001-2002 replacement of a professorship Universität Basel; 2002 replacement of a professorship Universität Zürich; 2001-2005 Swiss National Science Foundation Professor for the History of Contemporary Art, ETH Zürich; 2005-2011 Professor for Modern and Contemporary Art, Universität Zürich; 2007 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University New York; 2011 Visiting Professor BIArch, Barcelona Institute of Architecture; since 2011 Professor for the History of Art and Architecture, ETH Zürich. Since 2015 Designated Dean D-ARCH.

Philip Ursprung is member of the Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens, a competence center founded in 2005 by ETH Zürich and Universität Zürich.

He is Principal Investigator of the project "Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Study on Franz Junghuhn" at Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH-Center, Singapore.

In 2013 he was awarded the Golden Owl for excellent teaching by the student assocation of ETH Zürich.