Faculty portfolios

  • Patrick Gmür Architecture, Scherr municipal school house renovation and expansion. Image: Georg Aerni.
    Patrick Gmür Architecture, Scherr municipal school house renovation and expansion. Image: Georg Aerni.
  • Patrick Gmür Architecture, Paul Clairmont residential estate, together with architect Jakob Steib. Photo: Roger Frei.
    Patrick Gmür Architecture, Paul Clairmont residential estate, together with architect Jakob Steib. Photo: Roger Frei.
  • Patrick Gmür Architecture, Hard Turm Park (lot C), Hochhaus—residential high-rise. Photo: Roger Frei.
    Patrick Gmür Architecture, Hard Turm Park (lot C), Hochhaus—residential high-rise. Photo: Roger Frei.
  • Patrick Gmür Architecture, Binz111, residence hall. Image: Georg Aerni.
    Patrick Gmür Architecture, Binz111, residence hall. Image: Georg Aerni.
  • Patrick Gmür Architecture, Hard Turm Park (lot A1), estate. Photo: Beat Schweizer.
    Patrick Gmür Architecture, Hard Turm Park (lot A1), estate. Photo: Beat Schweizer.
  • Patrick Gmür Architecture, James, estate. Photo: Roger Frei.
    Patrick Gmür Architecture, James, estate. Photo: Roger Frei.

Patrick Gmür

Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

Born in 1961 in Lucerne, Patrick Gmür is a swiss architect and urbanist. Since October 2016, Gmür he has served as a partner of the architectural practice Gmür & Geschwentner Architekten, in collaboration with Michael Geschwentner. In addition, he is a member of the Jury for Architectural Competitions, Chairman of the Stuttgart DE Design Council, and guest professor at the Institute of Urban Planning, TU Wien AT. He lectures both at home and abroad on architecture and urban planning and design.

Gmür studied architecture at the ETH Zurich and was assistant of design and construction at degree level, assisting Guest Lecturer Karljosef Schattner and Professor Arthur Rüegg. From 1989 to 1998, Gmür established his architectural practice in collaboration with Regula Lüscher, current director of the Senate Department for Urban Development und Housing, City of Berlin DE. He also taught at various universities, including ETH Zurich. From 2000-2009 he established an additional practice with Jakob Steib: Gmür & Steib Architekten. He served as director of the Institute of Architecture, FHNW, from 2005-2008. He won numerous architectural competitions and became internationally renowned for his housing developments and school buildings. Selected works included the James and Paul Clairmont housing development, Hard Turm Park high rise, and Scherr school house renovation and extension.

From 2009-2016 Gmür was director of the Urban Planning Department of the City of Zurich, with responsibility for development and implementation of regional spatial conceptual planning, including complete revision of the Regional Development Plan and partial revision of the Building and Zoning Code of the City of Zurich. Furthermore, he was responsible for the development of the urban design, city planning and architectural development of several city zones and Local Area Plans.

Image captions

1. Patrick Gmür Architecture, Scherr municipal school house renovation and expansion, Zurich (CH), 2000-2003. View of recreation hall. Image: Georg Aerni.

2. Patrick Gmür Architecture, Paul Clairmont residential estate, together with architect Jakob Steib, Zurich (CH), 2003-2006. Facade with double-height loggias/balconies. Photo: Roger Frei.

3. Patrick Gmür Architecture, Hard Turm Park (lot C), Hochhaus, residential high-rise, Zurich (CH), 2007-2013. View of nuanced facade, hotel, and private property apartments. Photo: Roger Frei.

4. Patrick Gmür Architecture, Binz111, residence hall. Two buildings for students and employees of the University Hospital, Zurich (CH), 2013-2018. Inside view of the main staircase and meeting area, Goethe-Treppe. Image: Georg Aerni.

5. Patrick Gmür Architecture, Hard Turm Park (lot A1), estate. Offices for the Swiss Exchange Stock Market and apartment building, Zurich (CH), 2012-2017. View of the inner court. Photo: Beat Schweizer.

6. Patrick Gmür Architecture, James, estate. Three buildings, residential and commercial/public use, Zurich (CH), 2004-2007. Park night view near long house with family apartments and double-height balconies. Photo: Roger Frei.