André Bideau is an architecture critic, theoretician and educator. He received a Master of Architecture from ETH Zurich and, subsequently, a PhD in art history from Zurich University. Bideau was a research fellow at Internationales Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna and editor in chief of Swiss architecture periodical Werk from 1996 to 2002. He has taught seminars at GSD since 2010 with an emphasis on the link of the urbanization process and architecture production. He teaches and has taught at architecture schools and art history departments in the United States and in Europe (Cornell University, Pratt Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, University of Zurich, ENSA Paris-Malaquais).
Bideau is interested in the manifestation of identity politics both in postmodern cities and in architecture culture. His work on O.M.Ungers belongs to his research on the relationship of architectural discourses and the urban condition since 1968. This ongoing project has led to numerous publications and lectures addressing deindustrialization and contemporary urban governance, particularly in Zurich where Bideau is based today as a contributor for the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung.