AMUNT & Anna Chavepayre

Lunch & talks

Monday 15 April 2024 12.15 pm
AMUNT & Anna Chavepayre
Moderated by Maxence Grangeot

20x20x20 presents a format engaging the guest professors at the EPFL School of Architecture — two 20 minute presentations by two guest professors followed by a 20 minute moderated discussions.


AMUNT The architects and designers Sonja Nagel and Jan Theissen founded Atelier Nagel Theissen in Stuttgart in 2004. Sonja Nagel had previously studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Stuttgart. Jan Theissen initially studied industrial design at the HBK Saarbrücken and the Design Academy Eindhoven before studying architecture at the Pratt Institute Brooklyn NY and the ABK in Stuttgart.

Since 2009, Sonja Nagel and Jan Theissen have been working in architectural cooperation with Björn Martenson under the name AMUNT. Their projects have been honoured with the Weissenhof Architecture Prize, the Hugo Häring Prize and the German Architecture Prize. Her project ‘Schreber’ was presented at the Architecture Biennale in Venice as part of the ‘Reduce/Reuse/Recycle’ exhibition. In addition to her architectural work, they taught at the PBSA in Düsseldorf, at the TU Darmstadt and Sonja Nagel at the University of Stuttgart since 2019.

Anna Chavepayre is a french-Swedish architect and co-founder of the architecture and landscape office Collectif Encore, Anna develops an architecture that asserts space as a priority condition for freedom of use and diversity, as well as evolutivity and innovation “because it is there that air, light and encounters are found”. Anna designs projects that do not create a boundary between architecture and landscape. The projects take into account all the actors (including earthworms), the richness and multi-formity they imply and the value of everything that exists before them. In an age where only the simplified and binary becomes visible, she values complexity, interactions and social links, transformations and modularity.

A fervent advocate of a reinvented rurality, Anna was awarded the 2018 Kasper Salin Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious architectural award from the Swedish Order of Architects.

Maxence Grangeot is an architect, doctoral researcher at the Structural Xploration Lab [SXL] and the Creative Computation Lab [CRCL], and coordinator of the rebuiLT project, all at EPFL. He explores new upcycling fabrication methods of structures made of concrete rubbles from demolition through pragmatic use of digital tools and augmentation of existing construction machinery. His current research aims to reclaim concrete waste to create low-carbon concrete walls. Maxence seeks to develop new tectonics for designers while embracing circular practices for the built environment. He studied architecture in Lausanne and Montréal, and previously worked at Office for Metropolitan Architecture [OMA], Sou Fujimoto, Junya Ishigami and Akihisa Hirata. In academia, he was also active within the chair of timber construction [IBOIS] and the Laboratory of Numeric Cultures for Architectural Projects [CNPA], EPFL.