Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi is a master of form, open space, and curvature – an elegant designer of buildings that result in smooth, precise structures on the outside, and warmth and familiarity on the inside. He creates spaces that do not impose on their occupants; believing in the simplicity fine architecture.
The many honors he has received throughout his career include France's Grand Prix National d'Architecture in 1996
Bernard Tschumi was born on January 25, 1944, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the child of French and Swiss parents. Tschumi studied until 1969 at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, where he received his degree in architecture in 1969.
He then began his career as an architect, theorist, and educator. In Tschumi's theories, he argues architecture's role is not to express an existing social structure, but to function as a tool for questioning or revising it.
Much of his theory came from combined film and literary theory with architecture. His goal was to reexamine architecture's role in the spaces it contained.
Tschumi continues to design unique structures and come up with innovative ideas for creating new forms of structure. Up until 2005, Tschumi had never designed a residential structure.
So when two developers approached him to create a condominium in New York City, he did not hesitate to accept the offer, creating a curved and angular 16-story condo covered in brilliant blue glass, designed to change colors with the movement of the sun.
Tschumi has many accreditations to his name, and has managed to teach at Portsmouth Polytechnic in Portsmouth, UK, the Architectural Association in London, the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, Princeton University, the Cooper Union in New York.
He has been Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York from 1988 to 2003.
Tschumi is a permanent U.S. Resident and a member of the Collège International de Philosophie in France. The many honors he has received throughout his career include France's Grand Prix National d'Architecture in 1996, as well as awards from the American Institute of Architects