Thomas Padmanabhan

John C. Portman Visiting Design Critic in Architecture

Thomas Padmanabhan, born 1970, studied Architecture at RWTH Aachen, La Sapienza Rome, and Cornell University. After his Diploma he worked for Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Meili Peter, and Diener & Diener.

Together with Oliver Lütjens, he established Lütjens Padmanabhan Architects in 2007. The practice’s recent work focuses on projects for housing in the residential districts surrounding Zurich and Basel. Further afield, a project for a new residence for the Swiss ambassador in Algiers will be completed in 2021. They won the 2019 Architecture Prize of the Canton Zurich.

Thomas has taught as an assistant at the chair of Peter Märkli and Markus Peter at ETH Zurich and as a guest professor at TU Munich and EPF Lausanne.