25.05. - 25.08.2024

Sign of the Times: Recent Projects from the SIA Master's Prize

Opening: 24/5/2024, 7 PM

In cooperation with the Professional Group for Architecture of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects SIA and the Architectural Council of Switzerland

The exhibition provides a unique glimpse into the future of Swiss architecture: In presenting the winning projects from the two previous editions (2022/2023) of the national master’s thesis competition ‘SIA Master's Prize’, this show introduces ambitious visions by young architects that also provide exciting input for architectural practice. Finally the exhibition provides for the first time a complete map of the Swiss landscape of architectural education. Just as the building industry must transform to address the urgent social and ecological challenges of our time, architectural education is also undergoing a process of change. In addition to conventional building designs, students today are increasingly engaging with participatory practices, territorial transformation, and performative formats. Many make use of an expanded definition of architecture that goes beyond the building itself and addresses landscape, agriculture, spatial planning, new technologies for building construction and transformation, or heritage protection. Featuring large-format drawings, illustrative models, and ambitious video works, the exhibition makes the changes and diversity of approaches in architecture schools throughout Switzerland visible for a wider audience and provides an occasion to reflect on the further development of the architectural profession.


Photos: Tom Bisig

Exhibition flyer: here

The exhibition ‘Sign of the Times’ is supported by:

Exhibition Partners:
Schweizer Ingenieur- und Architektenvereins SIA 
Architekturrat der Schweiz

Exhibition Supporters:
Bundesamt für Kultur BAK

BFH Berner Fachhochschule, Departement Architektur, Holz und Bau
EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Faculté de l'Environnement Naturel, Architectural et Construit
ETHZ Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Departement Architektur
FHGR Fachhochschule Graubünden
FHNW Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Architektur, Bau und Geomatik, Institut Architektur
HES-SO/ HEIA-FR Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, Haute école d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Fribourg
HES-SO /HEPIA Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, Haute école du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève
HSLU Hochschule Luzern, Technik & Architektur, Institut für Architektur
OST - Ostschweizer Fachhochschule, Departement Architektur Bau Landschaft Raum, ArchitekturWerkstatt St.Gallen
SUPSI Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, Dipartimento ambiente costruzioni e design
USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Accademia di architettura
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Departement Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen

S AM Supporters:
Kanton Basel-Stadt
Christoph Merian Stiftung

S AM Sponsor:
ComputerWorks AG

S AM Partners:
Karl Bubenhofer AG
Gremper AG

Upcoming exhibitions

19.10.2024 - 16.03.2025

Soft Power: The Brussels Way of Making the City

Opening: 18/10/2024, 7 PM

The exhibition 'Soft Power: The Brussels Way of Making the City' traces Belgium's journey to becoming an internationally renowned hotspot for contemporary architecture and urban planning. The show sheds light on the framework conditions that have given rise to a high-quality building culture in Brussels and encouraged a new generation of architects to participate in its urban development. 

Curators: Roxane Le Grelle, Andreas Kofler (S AM)​

An exhibition of S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in cooperation with the
Bouwmeester Maître Architecte (BMA) and with support of Brussels Capital Region.