Simon Hartmann

Design Critic in Architecture

Simon Hartmann is a principal and founding partner of the Swiss architecture firm HHF Architects, based in Basel. HHF Architects was founded in 2003 by Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann and Simon Frommenwiler. Since its establishment, HHF have realized numerous projects in Switzerland, Germany, China, France, Mexico and the USA. The scope of work ranges from urbanism and large-scale construction to public pavilions and interior design.

Simon studied architecture at ETH Lausanne, the Technical University of Berlin and ETH Zurich. He is teaching as Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale School of Architecture and has taught at HEIA Fribourg, at the University of Innsbruck, the Karlsruhe institute of Technology KIT and the ACU Skopje. Simon has lectured at ENSA Strasbourg, the Berlage Institute, ETH Zurich, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Royal Academy of Arts London.

From the beginning HHF was looking for collaborations with other architects and artists in order to widen their view on projects and enrich the quality of specific proposals. In this context, worldwide perceived group projects such as Ruta del Peregrino and the fruitful collaboration with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei emerged.

HHF has been honored with numerous national and international awards and invited to several international Biennials, including the Bi-City Shenzen/Hong Kong Biennial, the 13th, 14th and 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017. Their work is part of the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Architekturmuseum der TU München at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, and the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.