13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia:
29 Aug - 25 Nov 2012
01 Sep 2011
Miroslav Šik to represent Switzerland at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

Miroslav Šik will represent Switzerland at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice. By recommending Šik, Pro Helvetia’s Biennale Jury underlined its intention to encourage discussions on the theory and design methods of contemporary architecture in addition to the examples of Swiss architectural practice presented in Venice. Since 1980, Miroslav Šik has been noted for his incisive positions as a theorist, teacher and architect. His progressive approach combined with artistic and architectural qualities are manifested by his buildings and projects as well as by his numerous published essays. The term «analogous architecture», which he coined, deserves special mention. It is understood to mean designing new building via analogy to existing ones. Miroslav Šik explores forms of contemporary urban development that are in line with the times but also, beyond modernism and post-modernism, emphasise continuity. His teaching at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, based on his holistic view of architecture, exerts significant influence on contemporary architectural creation in Switzerland.

Miroslav Šik was born in Prague in 1953 and emigrated to Switzerland in 1968. In the 1970s he studied architecture at the ETH in Zurich under Aldo Rossi and Mario Campi. As an assistant to Fabio Reinhart at the ETH he initiated the manifesto and exhibitions on «analogous architecture» in cities including Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm and Paris. Miroslav Šik runs his own architecture firm in Zurich and has been Professor at the ETH since 1999.