09.09. - 05.11.2023

SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook

5.15–7 PM: Book Launch (Location: Foyer Public, Theater Basel)
7 PM: Exhibition Opening (Location: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum)

For the first time, Switzerland has its own architecture yearbook. Properly Swiss – in English and three national languages. SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook!

At last, the high quality of Swiss architecture and building culture will be tangibly showing its face on the international stage as well. In all its diversity. Be it urban or rural. Be it architecture from Ticino, Geneva, Basel, Aargau or Graubünden. From the large-scale pioneering project to the little innovation laboratory.

SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook will be released biennially from 2023 onwards. Curated by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum and the magazine werk, bauen+wohnen.

An accompanying travelling exhibition will start on the 8th of September 2023 at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum. This will promote discussion of the book’s content in Switzerland and abroad, fuelling the debate on Swiss architecture.

What are the most urgent questions that Swiss architecture is addressing? Which projects from all over Switzerland provide the most convincing answers?
SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook is more than just a selection of the best. It is a confrontation with the questions that many people are facing after an almost thirty-year construction boom:

  • How do we find sustainable approaches to construction?
  • How can architecture be made compatible with the challenge of climate change?
  • How can top-quality urban density be achieved?
  • How do we preserve and transform our building stock?
  • What can be learnt from construction in Switzerland’s rural regions?
  • What can architecture contribute to the protection and value of landscape?
  • Where are Swiss architects building, worldwide?
  • How does Switzerland’s architecture present itself from a European perspective?

SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook is published once every two years, thus reflecting the current discourse each time.

SAY – the publication
SAY 23 will be published by Park Books in September 2023

Issued by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum (Andreas Ruby) and werk, bauen+wohnen (Daniel Kurz) on behalf of Stiftung Architektur Schweiz SAS (Swiss Architecture Foundation)
Editors: Daniel Kurz, Jasmin Kunst, Andreas Ruby
Design: Claudiabasel
In English
Original articles in Italian, French or German
304 pages, card-bound
Numerous pictures
Price: 49 CHF / 48 EUR
ISBN 978-3-03860-339-9

SAY – the exhibition
Switzerland-wide travelling exhibition

Exhibition at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
Duration: 9th of September – 5th of November 2023
Curators: Andreas Ruby and Yuma Shinohara
The exhibition will be presented in all regions of Switzerland during 2024 and 2025, taking the discourse to all parts of the country. We will publish the exact locations here, as soon as they are known.





To the official website
SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook

​‘SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook’ is supported by:

SAY Project Partners:
Stiftung Architektur Schweiz SAS
BSA Bund Schweizer Architektinnen und Architekten
werk, bauen+wohnen
S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

SAY Project Supporters:
Bundesamt für Kultur BAK
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Pro Helvetia
Pini Group SA
schauraum b

Exhibition Supporters:

S AM Supporters:
Kanton Basel-Stadt
Christoph Merian Stiftung

S AM Sponsor:
ComputerWorks AG

S AM Partners:
Karl Bubenhofer AG
Gremper AG










Upcoming exhibitions

25.11.2023 - 07.04.2024

What if

Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland

Opening: 24/11/2023, 7 PM

Lost, rejected, abandoned or altered... There is a vast number of architectural designs that continue to be talked about in Switzerland, even though they have never been built. The S AM takes a look back at them and constructs a utopian-dystopian image of what Switzerland could have been.