Marc Angélil

Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design

Marc Angélil is an architect and urban designer at agps architecture, a firm with ateliers in Los Angeles and Zurich. Done in collaboration with his partners Sarah Graham and Manuel Scholl, projects include the headquarters of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Gland-Geneva, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, the Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon, the Zurich International School, the midfield terminal at the Zurich international Airport, and, recently completed, an almost off-the-grid ranch in Santa Barbara County. Marc Angélil studied architecture at ETH Zurich where he also completed his doctoral dissertation summa cum laude. He taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in the 1980s and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Thereafter, he was appointed Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich (1994-2019) and Dean of the Department of Architecture (2009-2013). His research on contemporary urbanization processes led to a number of publications, including Cidade de Deus! City of God! on informal mass housing in Rio de Janeiro (with Rainer Hehl), Cities of Change Addis Ababa on urban transformation in developing countries (with Dirk Hebel), and Housing Cairo on Egypt’s popular neighborhoods (with Charlotte Malterre-Barthes). His most recent publication Mirroring Effects: Tales of Territory, co-written with Cary Siress, explores the socio-spatial impact of development-led urbanization on local habitats in different world regions today. He is a fellow of the Bund Schweizer Architekten (BSA) in Switzerland and founding member of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. He holds the 2021 Kenzo Tange Visiting Professorship in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University.

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