SIMON KRETZ selected by DAVID CHIPPERFIELD in the Rolex "Mentors and protégés in Architecture 2016"

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David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield was born in London in 1953 and studied architecture at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before working at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

In 1985 he founded David Chipperfield Architects, which today has over 300 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai.

David Chipperfield has taught and held conferences in Europe and the United States and has received honorary degrees from the universities of Kingston and Kent.

He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he received a knighthood for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and in 2013 the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, while in 2021 he was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in recognition of a lifetime’s work.

In 2012 he curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.


Simon Kretz (1982), founder and partner of the studio Salewski & Kretz, Diplom-Architect (ETH Zurich). Self-employed praxis as architect since 2010. Design and execution in the fields of new buildings, heritage conservation, and conversion. International project experience at Office for Metropolitan Architecture Rotterdam and KCAP Architects and Planners Zurich. Senior Assistant and Lecturer for Urban Design at ETH Zurich and University of Zurich (CUREM). National research projects and publications, ongoing PhD research on design methodology under a grant of the National Research Project 65 of the Swiss Science Foundation SNF.



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