MZCH TALKS #8
The Mazzocchioo team was honored to host Valerio Olgiati's talk at the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. After presenting a selection of his projects he was awarded with the Doctor Honoris Causa title by the `Ion Mincu` University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. As professor Iulia Stanciu mentioned in her laudatio, the title comes as a recognition for the profound effect that his work had on both the students in architecture in Romania and all around the world, and on the profession and culture of architecture as a whole.
Valerio Olgiati studied architecture at ETH Zurich. He lived and worked first in Zurich and later in Los Angeles for some years. In 1996 he opened his practice in Zurich, then in 2008, together with his wife Tamara in Flims. The first time he received attention outside the architectural scene was in 1999 with the museum The Yellow House in Flims, Switzerland. He created an icon with his 2008 winning competition for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Perm, Russia.
His most important buildings include the schoolhouse in Paspels, the House for a Musician in Scharans, the residential complex Schleife in Zug, and Villa Além in Alentejo. Significant projects in planning or under construction are the winery for Carnasciale in Italy, the high-rise building San Felipe in Lima, a house for a priest in Bavaria, and a building for the headquarter of Baloise insurance company in Basel.
Numerous monographs about his work have been translated into many different languages. The major solo exhibition of his career took place in 2012 at the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art.
Among other academic engagements, he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Harvard GSD in 2009. Since 2002 he has been a Full Professor at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio.
The event is organized with the support of Romanian Chamber of Architects trough the Architectural Stamp and of the Bucharest Architecture Annual 2022, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first edition.