13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia:
29 Aug - 25 Nov 2012
Miroslav Šik

MIroslav Šik in conversation with Philip Ursprung, April 2012

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Videoporträt von Miroslav Sik by Art-TV, April 2012

Interview with Miroslav Šik, 'Hochparterre' 8-2012.

Miroslav Šik, Professor of Architecture and Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, was born as the son of reform-minded economist Ota Šik in Prague in 1953. Following the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, the family emigrated to Switzerland in 1968. Miroslav Šik studied architecture at ETH Zurich under Aldo Rossi and Mario Campi from 1973 to 1979, followed by research work on Swiss architecture during the Second World War at the ETH’s Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) from 1980 to 1983. Up to 1991, Šik then taught at ETH Zurich in the position of assistant lecturer.

As theoretician and initiator of «Analogue Architecture» Šik, now a Swiss citizen, launched numerous exhibitions in Zurich, Vienna, Berlin, Strasbourg, Oslo, Stockholm and Prague between 1986 and 1991. Since 1988, he has also maintained an architecture firm of his own in Zurich. After stints as visiting professor in Prague and Lausanne in the 1990s, he was nominated full professor at ETH Zurich in 1999. His most important work as an architect includes the Catholic Center St. Antonius in Egg (1990-2003), the congress and hotel center La Longeraie in Morges (1990-1995), the residence for musicians at Bienenstrasse in Zurich (1992-1997), the urban center complex in Haldenstein (2005-2008) and the Neustadt senior citizens’ apartments in Zug (2009-2012).

  • Analoge Architektur, edited by M. Šik, Edition Boga, Zurich 1988.
  • Miroslav Šik, Altneu, with texts by André Bideau et al. Reihe De Aedibus Nr. 2, Quart publishers, Lucerne 2000.
  • Altneue Gedanken, Texte und Gespräche 1987-2001, Reihe Bibliotheca Nr.3, Quart publishers, Lucerne 2002.
  • And now the Ensemble, edited by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Miroslav Šik, Lars Müller publishers, Baden 2012 (due to be published in autumn 2012).