Markus Schaefer

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Markus Schaefer is a founding partner of Hosoya Schaefer Architects. He has a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Master in Neurobiology from the University of Zurich. He worked for OMA in Rotterdam for four years, and was a director of AMO / Rem Koolhaas. He was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 2007 to 2009 and was a main tutor at the Moscow Graduate School of Urbanism at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in collaboration with the Strelka Institute teaching Advance Urban Design.

HOSOYA SCHAEFER is a Zürich based office for architecture, urban design and research. It was founded by Markus Schaefer and Hiromi Hosoya in 2003. With innovation as a core competence, the office is involved in building design and realization, urban design, and media installations. The office has won numerous international awards and is working on a wide spectrum of projects such as the new urban quarters in the HafenCity Elbbrücken and in Wilhelmsburg in Hamburg, Germany. In Switzerland, the office won first prizes for conversion of the Benninger Areal in Uzwil, the new national exposition in 2027 in Eastern Switzerland, or the station square project and area development of Herisau. By combining academia, practice, and research, Hosoya Schaefer Architects is able to bring solid perspectives on urbanism, systemic thinking, and innovative solutions to each project they take on. These pursuits benefit both clients and the office's prescient understanding of a common, urban future.