HHF was founded in 2003 in Basel by the architects Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann, and Simon Frommenwiler, whose personal, academic and professional track records are resolutely global in orientation. At ease in extremely varied contexts, the office develops projects that are the fruit of long conversations with clients of atypical ambition: a stop-over for pilgrims, a children’s park, a collectors’ storehouse, a revolutionary temple reuse in the Balkans, an observatory and insect museum on the loops of the Seine, downtown retail centers, and luxurious and appealing apartments and boutiques. HHF is a conciliatory practice of sorts, one that seeks to transform, not assault, that manipulates what it finds simply to change the game, and accepts the past in order to create as a springboard for continuities. Passage is the narrative thread in HHF’s projects. Everything proceeds from the sequence to be lived or traveled. Each project is a tool to amplify what is there — a landscape, situation, or feeling — and thereby transform whoever it touches.
1972 born in Zurich, Switzerland | 1992–1998 studies at ETH Zurich and ETH Lausanne | 1998–2003 collaboration with d-company and Rolf Furrer Architekten | 2003 founding HHF Architects | Since 2006 Member of the Board for Urban Planning and Architecture, SIA Basel | 2007 member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects | Since 2010 BSA member | 2011 Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck | Since 2015 permanent member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects | Since 2018 Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design
1974 born in Bern, Switzerland | 1994–2000 studies at ETH Lausanne, TU Berlin and ETH Zurich | 2000–2003 collaboration with Rolf Furrer Architekten | 2002–2007 Teaching Assistant ETH Studio Basel | 2003 founding of HHF Architects | 2009–2017 Professor at HEIA Fribourg | Since 2010 BSA member | 2011 Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck | 2014 Visiting Professor at the Karlsruhe institute of Technology KIT | 2018 Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture | Since 2018 Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design
1972 born in London, UK | 1994–2000 studies at ETH Zurich | 1997–2003 collaborations with Bearth & Deplazes and Skidmore Owings & Merrill | 2003 founding of HHF Architects | 2005–2007 Teaching Assistant at ETH Lausanne | Since 2010 BSA member | 2011 Guest Professor at the Joint Master of Architecture, Fribourg | 2011–2013 Visiting Professor at ENSA Strasbourg | 2013–2018 Associate Professor at ENSA Strasbourg | 2014 Lecturer of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Since 2016 Chairman of Bund Schweizer Architekten BSA Basel | Since 2018 Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design
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