Michael Gnehm
Curriculum Vitae

⚫︎ MICHAEL GNEHM is a research associate at the Accademia di architettura of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Mendrisio. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Zurich in 2004 with a book on ARCHITECTURE AND LANGUAGE in Gottfried Semper, and his habilitation (second book) in Art and Architectural History in 2010 from ETH Zurich with a work on literary aspects of architectural description. ⚫︎ He is teaching at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich on the HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE. In 2006, he was awarded the Prix Jubilé of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences for an article on the first German translation of Vitruvius in the 16th century. ⚫︎ Since 2017, he is PROJECT LEADER of the critical and commented edition of Gottfried Semper’s ‹Style›, a collaboration between the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, and the Istituto di storia e teoria dell’arte e dell’architettura (ISA), USI Mendrisio. ⚫︎ In his TEACHING AND RESEARCH, Michael Gnehm focuses on architectural positions from the 19th to the 21st centuries against the backdrop of the relationship between history and the present. A list of PUBLICATIONS with PDFs is available here.


COURSES

Coming Home. Stories in Architectural Theory


Lecture History and Theory of Architecture IX (063-0807-22)
Michael Gnehm
Autumn 2022 | Fridays 11:45–12:30
HIL E 8
The lecture course discusses architecture and literature in its diverse relations: Stories as moments when architecture comes to life, the writing of architectural history and theory and literary writing. The focus aims at the notion of home and its discontents in architectural narratives.
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Between Cosmos and Chaos


Semper’s Theory of Architecture


Lecture History and Theory of Architecture IX (063-0803-02)
Michael Gnehm
Autumn 2021 | Fridays 11:45–12:30
HIL E 8
The lecture course discusses Gottfried Semper’s complex approach to architecture as the «small world» created by mankind within a global scope framing history and the present between a cosmological totality and chaotic fragmentation.
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