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  • EPFL Architecture

EPFL Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is the architecture school at university level in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Its benefits from a pointedly transdisciplinary environment, being embedded at ENAC Faculty, where architects, civil engineers and environmental engineers are engaging in research and education with the mission to find new ways to engage knowledge and action for our societies.

Our vision
We are convinced that in order to answer to these urgencies we must review and diversify the role of the architect. To do this, we have two fields of action, teaching and research.

Our mission
With our activities we aim to address the systemic challenges posed by the continued climate crisis, rapid urbanization, and the threat of collapsing eco-systems. Teachings in the school prepare students to respond to these emergencies, right from the first year of study.

A base document that gathers and defines a set of specific terms related to EPFL Architecture. It serves as an introduction to the structures of EPFL Architecture, ENAC and EPFL, their acronyms, their missions, their system of governance, the statutes and roles that make up the institutions, their spaces and infrastructures.

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  • Organisation

Architecture Section
BP 2231
Station 16 
1015 Lausanne
[email protected]
+41 21 693 32 11
Architecture Institut
BP 2233
Station 16
1015 Lausanne
[email protected]
+41 21 693 27 89
Section Director
Prof. Dieter Dietz
Institut Director
Prof. Jeffrey Huang
Section Deputy
Laure Kochnitzky Palluel
+ Responsable passerelle HES
Master Project Coordinator
Corinne Waridel
Communication & organisation
Vanda Costa
Scientific Assistants
Marie Page
Elena Chiavi
Section administrator
Gesualdo Casciana
+ Responsible internship
Institut administrator
Marie-Christine Lehmann
Invited teacher administrator
Corinne Chaumont Ganty
Sophie Lufkin
ENAC-IT service
Jérôme Zufferey
Model workshop
Antoine Gagliardi
Graphics devices
Isabelle Mancino
Concierge service
Alan Defrance
  • Research units

Architecture, Criticism, History and Theory
Prof. Christophe van Gerrewey

Design Studio on the Conception of Space
Prof. Dieter Dietz

Laboratory of Digital Culture for Architectural Projects
Prof. Bernard Cache

Laboratory for Creative Computation
Prof. Stefana Parascho

Laboratory of Elementary Architecture and Studies of Types
Prof. Anja Fröhlich, Prof Martin Fröhlich

Laboratory of Construction and Architecture
Prof. Paolo Tombesi

History and Theories of Architecture, Technology and Media
Prof. Alfredo Thiermann

Laboratory of Urbanism
Prof. Viganò Paola

Arts of sciences laboratory – Archives of imaginary
Prof. Nicola Braghieri

Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies
Prof. Emmanuel Rey

Urban Sociology Laboratory
Prof. Vincent Kaufmann

Media and Design Laboratory (ENAC/IC)
Prof. Jeffrey Huang

Laboratory of Environmental and Urban Economics
Prof. Philippe Thalmann

Laboratory of Imagination and Fabrication
Prof. Jo Taillieu

Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design
Prof. Marilyne Andersen

Laboratory for spatial manufacturing
Prof. Marco Bakker, Prof. Alexandre Blanc

Research and development for innovation on architecture, urban design and territory
Prof. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

Structural Exploration Lab
Prof. Corentin Fivet

Theory and Experience Architecture Studio
Prof. Eric Lapierre

Theory of Environment, Material, and Architecture
Prof. Sarah Nichols

Theory and Project of Domestic Space
Prof. Pier Vittorio Aureli

Laboratory of Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture
Prof. Franz Graf

Laboratory of Urban and Environmental Systems
Prof. Gabriele Manoli

Construction and Conservation Laboratory
Prof. honoraire Luca Ortelli

Theory and History of Architecture Laboratory 3
Prof. honoraire Roberto Gargiani

Theory and History of Architecture Laboratory 2
Prof. honoraire Bruno Marchand

  • Academic referents

Post-doctoral researchers, scientific collaborators, scientific assistants and PhD assistants.

  • Commissions & Students representatives

The teaching committees propose, according to the directives of the Vice President for Education, the study plans and the regulations of control of studies of their respective section.

Commission presidency
Prof. Dieter DietzSection Director
Laure Kochnitzky PalluelSection Deputy
Professors and MER
Prof. Nicola BraghieriENAC-IA-LAPIS
Prof. Franz GrafENAC-IA-TSAM
Prof. Eric LapierreENAC-IA-TEXAS
Prof. Charlotte Malterre-BarthesENAC-IA-RIOT
Dr. Luca PattaroniENAC-IA-LASUR
Dr Andreas SchuelerENAC-ICC-LESO
Prof. Alfredo ThiermannENAC-IA-HITAM   
Intermediary staff
Maria João Cunha (alternate)ENAC-IA-EAST
Tanguy Auffret-Postel
Michela Bonomo
Marcela Delgado Velasco
Tiago Borges
PhD students IA-EAST_EDAR
contact: [email protected]
Paule SoubeyrandENAC-IA-LAPIS
Jérôme ZuffereyENAC-IT, lecturer SAR
Pierre ZurbrüggENAC-IA-SXL, lecturer SAR
Students representatives
Luka AleksicPropaedeutic year
Cyril Mananga Matala-TalaPropaedeutic year
Anis Kabeche2nd year bachelor
Yédidya Farescour2nd year bachelor
Lean Gobat3rd year bachelor
Tiago Whitehead3rd year bachelor
Oscar LallierInternship year
Anna Hausel1st year master
David Gindroz1ère année master
Grégoire Pauvert2nd year master
Julie-Anna Barès2nd year master

Composition et mode de nomination (art. 18 *)
Chaque section de la Faculté possède sa commission d’enseignement.
Les commissions d’enseignement se composent de membres faisant partie de la section correspondante, soit :

  • du·de la directeur·trice de la section, qui préside,
  • de maîtres, d’assistant·e·s, de collaborateur·trice·s scientifiques et de candidat·e·s au doctorat,
  • d’étudiant·e·s.

A l’exception du·de la directeur·trice de section, les membres des commissions d’enseignement sont nommé·e·s par la direction de Faculté après approbation de la proposition par le conseil de Faculté. La durée des mandats est de deux ans; pour les étudiants, elle est de un an. Ces mandats sont renouvelables.

Compétences, convocation et décision (art. 19*)
Les commissions d’enseignement proposent, selon les directives de la Vice-Présidence pour la Formation, les plans d’études et les règlements de contrôle des études de leur section respective.

  • Elles évaluent la mise en application des plans d’études et du contrôle des études et proposent des améliorations ou des adaptations.
  • Elles coordonnent leurs activités entre elles au sein de la Faculté, au travers de leurs présidents. Elles peuvent créer un groupe de coordination.
  • Elles règlent les questions courantes liées au déroulement des études.
  • Elles donnent leur avis à la direction de Faculté sur toutes les questions touchant l’enseignement.
  • Elles conseillent les directeurs de section.
  • Elles se réunissent au moins une fois par semestre, sur convocation de leur président ou à la demande de trois de leurs membres.
  • Elles prennent leurs décisions à la majorité simple des membres présents.

Extrait du Réglement d’organisation de l’ENAC du 3 mars 2003

The representation of the student body at EPFL is carried out by the student representatives at the school assembly, the faculty councils and the teaching commissions, by the class delegates, as well as by the general student representation association of EPFL.

Students representatives
Luka AleksicPropaedeutic year
Cyril Mananga Matala-TalaPropaedeutic year
Anis Kabeche2nd year bachelor
Yédidya Farescour2nd year bachelor
Lean Gobat3rd year bachelor
Tiago Whitehead3rd year bachelor
Oscar LallierInternship year
Anna Hausel1st year master
David Gindroz1st year master
Grégoire Pauvert2nd year master
Julie-Anna Barès2nd year master

  • Community Life

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