Philippe Rahm

Philippe Rahm is a Swiss architect, a studio critic at HEAD – Genève, and the principal at Philippe Rahm Architectes, based in Paris, France. His work, extending from the physiological to the meteorological realms of architecture, has garnered international attention in the context of sustainability.

In 2002, Rahm was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice, and was one of the 25 Manifesto’s Architects of Aaron Betsky’s 2008 Architectural Venice Biennale. He participates in 2017 at the Architecture Biennales of Chicago and Seoul. His recent work includes the First Prize in 2011 for the 70 hectares Taichung Gateway Park (Jade Eco Park / Central Park) in Taiwan, completed in 2018, the First Prize for the 1800 m2 Agora of the French National Radio in Paris, a 2700 m2 Exhibition architecture for the Luma Foundation in Arles, France. Monographic books include Physiological Architecture (Birkhaüser, 2002), Distortions (HYX, 2005), Environ(ne)ment: Approaches for Tomorrow (Skira, 2006), Constructed atmospheres (Postmedia, 2014), and Histoire naturelle de l’architecture (Points, 2023). Rahm was nominee in 2009 for the Ordos Prize in China and in 2010 and 2008 for the International Chernikov Prize in Moscow.

Philippe Rahm has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide, including Archilab in Orléans, France (2000); SF-MoMA (2001); Centre Pompidou in Paris (2003-2006 and 2007); Louisiana Museum in Denmark (2009); Guggenheim Museum in New York (2010); and Maxxi in Rome (2014). In 2007, he had a monographic exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and in 2018 at the San Francisco Art Institute. Rahm was a resident at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2000. He has held professorships at the AA School in London (2005-2006), at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in Switzerland (2004-2005), at ETH Lausanne (2006-2007), at the School of Architecture of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (2009-2010), in Oslo at the AHO (2010-2011), and at Columbia University in 2016. From 2010 to 2012, he held the Jean Labatut Professorship at Princeton University, USA. He has lectured widely, including at Yale, Beijing Forum, UCLA, and ETH Zürich. In 2018, he served as the editor of the “Meteorology” column for the international architecture magazine Domus.