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Born: April 26, 1943

Nationality: Swiss

Masterpiece: Thermal Baths, Vals, Switzerland


I believe that architecture today needs to reflect on the tasks and possibilities which are inherently its own. Architecture is not a vehicle or a symbol for things that do not belong to its essence.

In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings, and speak its own language. I believe that the language of architecture is not a question of a specific style. Every building is built for a specific use in a specific place and for a specific society. My buildings try to answer the questions that emerge from these simple facts as precisely and critically as they can.

Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor was born on April 26, 1943. in Basel, Switzerland. He trained as a cabinet maker from 1958 to 1962. Later he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Vorkurs and Fachklasse with further studies in design at Pratt Institute in New York. In 1967, he was employed in the Department for the Preservation of Monuments working as a building

and planning consultant and architectural analyst of historical villages, in

addition to realizing some restorations.

Zumthor is married to Annalisa Zumthor-Cuorad. They have three

Children - Anna Katharina, Peter Conradin, and Jon Paulin, and two


Since 1996, he has been a professor at the Academy of Architecture,

Universit? della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio.

Notable Work

1986 Protective Housing for Roman Excavations

1988 Saint Benedict Chapel

1996 Thermal Baths

2007 Brother Klaus Field Chapel

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