J. MAYER H. und Partner and Philip Ursprung

Berlin, Germany

In 1996, Jürgen Mayer H. founded J.MAYER.H Architects which focuses on the intersection of architecture, communication, and innovative technology. J.MAYER.H has a wide array of completed national and international projects including Metropol Parasol; the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville, Spain; the Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium; and Pavilion KA300, built in celebration of Karlsruhe’s 300th jubilee. He has done several public and infrastructure projects in Georgia including the Queen Tamar Airport, Mestia; the border checkpoint in Sarpi; and three highway rest stops in Gori and Lochini. Upcoming projects include a parking garage façade in Miami, Florida; the FOM University and the residential high-rise; Rhein740 in Düsseldorf; and VOLT, a new retail and experience complex in the heart of Berlin. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology, and nature form the background for a new production of space.

Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and designated Dean of the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. He earned his PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin after studying in Geneva, Vienna and Berlin. He has taught at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, the GSAPP of Columbia University, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, and the University of Zürich. He is Principal Investigator of the research project “Tourism and Urbanization” at Future Cities Laboratory of Singapore ETH Centre, Singapore. He is editor of Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History (CCA Montreal and Baden: Lars Müller, 2002) and Caruso St John: Almost Everything (Barcelona: Poligrafa, 2009). His most recent books are Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), Brexas y conexiones (Barcelona: Puente Editores, 2016) and Der Wert der Oberfläche (Zürich: gta Verlag, 2017).