TEN is a Zurich based architecture research studio made by individuals from the fields of architecture, design, architectural history, writing, academia and making. We come together outside the frame of our institutional research to develop interdependent and collaborative projects across the broad spectrum of cultural production, with a specific focus on design-by-research briefs. Our output includes public events and symposia, teaching programs resulting in related publications and exhibitions, and a design practice encompassing both theory and making. We see every project as an experiment, whether a construction project, a teaching unit or a written text, it is a chance to develop a holistic production that links these various facets of architectural practice. TEN, unlike conventional architectural offices, practices its ethos through a portfolio of self-initiated projects that we undertake with specialised research departments, civil society, local governments, community representatives and friends.

TEN investigates modes of architectural literacy, striving to understand the relationship between words, drawings and buildings in the long history of architectural practice and pedagogy. Our writing, teaching and design practice is therefore focused on dissecting and reconstructing the intersections and tensions that exist between these three mediums. Within these spaces of translation we enact the potential for architecture.

Scott Lloyd is an architect based in Zurich. He has worked in Switzerland, China, Australia and South Africa on architecture, publishing and curatorial projects. He edited Infrastructure as Architecture, a publication investigated infrastructure in terms of social, ecological, economic, political, space/ networks constructions, and EPI: the journal of the Beijing Architecture Biennial. He curated Spaces of Flow at the National Museum of China, an independent study commissioned by the minister of Culture, PRC, to investigate and communicate migrant populations in the construction industry in China. In 2001 he founded Deliver, for projects dealing with the politics and aesthetics of space. He holds a design degree from the University of Tasmania and a Masters Degree in architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology where, since 2012, he has been engaged in research on the global city with the Urban Think Tank. Recent projects with the group include the conception and lead for workshops for design and building, mapping and scenario planning. He is coordinator-architect for the research and implementation of housing prototypes and upgrade methodologies in Cape Town. He is a board member of TEN. His work has been published widely and shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, 2012. He has been invited to speak on architecture and urbanism to various platforms including: African Centre for Cites, Union of International Architects, International forum on Urbanism, Urban Planning in Africa Forum, German Architecture Museum, National conference of the Royal Australian institute of Architects. Scott met Nemanja Zimonjić at the ETH mixing concrete with his bare hands for a 3-meter model. Nemanja Zimonjić is a Yugoslavian-born architect based in Zurich, Switzerland. He draws, builds and writes about architecture, and is a founding member of TEN. He was educated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) where he received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc) with honors, and at the University of Belgrade where he graduated with a Master of Architecture. Since 2013 he has taught and researched at the Chair of Prof. Tom Emerson for Design and Construction at ETH Zurich, within which he has been responsible for second year design studio and several exhibition and publication projects, such as Glasgow Atlas, including a long term experimental pedagogical and building project titled ‘Garden’ together with the landscape architect Daniel Ganz. In 2014 he initiated Re:public, research and teaching program dedicated to renewing the potential of existing city spaces. His work has been exhibited at ETH Zurich, the Venice Architecture Biennale (2008), Artgeneve (2016, 2017); his writing and drawings have been published in various magazines, architecture journal EROS and the book GO FIELD and TOWERS (Amarillo Press, 2017). His focus lays on design and research-to-construction projects TEN initiates and executes, literacy of architecture for broader public, the practice of annotation as a pedagogical method, and the re-drawing of historical books, cities and early modernist buildings as models for rethinking architects role and architectural content in the contemporary conditions. He has been invited to speak and present his work at RWTH Aachen, EPFL Lausanne, the Faculty for Architecture in Belgrade, and TU Delft. Nemanja and Guillaume Othenin-Girard have grown into family after accidentally sitting next to each other on the first day at ETH Zurich in 2010. They have worked together ever since, initiating and completing each project in TEN together. Guillaume Othenin-Girard works on architecture, publishing and curatorial projects. He holds a Master’s Degree in architecture from ETH Zurich where, since 2015, he has been teaching the second year program for Design and Construction at the chair of Prof. Tom Emerson, as well as leading the design and build research project Archaeology of the Territory in collaboration with PUCP in Pachacamac, Peru. He is teaching Collective Works within the Transdisciplinary Studies at Parsons Paris and from 2012 to 2014, he was a studio director in the first year program of the School of Architecture at EPF Lausanne and a member of ALICE design research team and EPFL+ECAL Lab. He is the author of Go Field and Towers (Amarillo Press, 2017), an approach to teaching and architecture centred around the body’s experience of space and articulated through a direct manual relationship with drawing and building. He is a founding member of the architecture research group TEN and co-founded the independent teaching unit Re:public, a pedagogical programme that calls for a renewal of the way architects regard and transform the city. His work has been exhibited widely including: the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), Artgeneva (2016, 2017). His architectural studies at ETH Zurich, the Cooper Union in New York City and Istanbul Technical University were accompanied by extended research travels in Japan and Mongolia. Guillaume shares Karl Rühle‘s passion for craft, making and expeditions, especially when it comes to volcanoes. They are planning their next journey to Anyuyskiy in far eastern Russia, north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Karl Rühle was born in East Germany and came of age in the anarchy following the fall of communism. He learned carpentry in the medieval tradition. After completing his apprenticeship in Dresden he went on a traditional Wanderschaft (journeyship), travelling and working in Europe, Central America, Australia and South East Asia. He studied architecture at TU Berlin and ETH Zurich, where he received his degree in 2012. He then worked as a research assistant with Studio Tom Emerson at ETH. Trained in the use of hand tools and having picked up wood working techniques from all over the world, Rühle’s architectural design process follows from sensual particulars and is rooted in his practice of making. From 2013 to 2017 Rühle was production and project manager at the art foundry Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen in both St. Gallen and Shanghai, fabricating artworks for artists including Urs Fischer, Fischli Weiss and Sean Scully. In this time, he mastered every means of production, from the most archaic traditional processes, such as metal casting, to the latest CNC techniques. In 2015 he co-founded TEN with the construction of Nautilus in Skopje. After working together with Geoffrey Farmer on Farmer’s exhibition for the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017, he founded his own art production company and splits his time between Zurich, Berlin and New York. He is currently working with Carol Bove. Karl met Emma on a rooftop in Zürich when Guillaume and Nemi made a roast lamb for her birthday. Emma Letizia Jones is an Australian-born architect, researcher and writer who obtained her Phd in 2016 from the University of Zurich, supervised by Prof. Martino Stierli, with the thesis “Schinkel in Perspective: Architecture as Representation and Experience”: a new account of how drawing shapes architecture and territory as told through the drawings of the Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Emma was also educated at the University of Sydney and at the Architectural Association, London, and has subsequently worked in architectural practice in both cities. She has been a design studio director at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the ALICE Laboratory. Her writings on architecture and its relationship to drawing have appeared in AA Files, San Rocco and the Architectural Review among other publications, and she has participated in exhibitions and teaching workshops in Zurich, Croatia, London and Sydney. She currently teaches the history and theory of architecture at the ETH Zurich gta in the Chair of Prof. Maarten Delbeke, and is a founding member of TEN – an association of young architects, teachers and researchers based in Zurich. Her current research is focused on the perceptual translations occurring between architecture and its drawn representations, particularly in early nineteenth century Berlin; the role of annotations in architectural pedagogy; and the emergence of the architectural interior as a testing ground for the arrangement of urban form in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Emma met Luka Piškorec through Nemanja - and upon sipping one of his home brewed craft beers, she was forced to admit it was the best she had ever tasted. Luka Piškorec studied architecture at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and worked in architectural offices in Croatia and Switzerland. He continued his studies at the ETH Zürich and received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc ETH Arch) in 2011. During his studies, he concentrated on digital fabrication techniques as well as algorithmic programming procedures applied to architecture. He organized and led multiple international workshops on the related topics. In 2011 he started working as a research assistant at Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zürich. From 2011 to 2014, he was leading the Chair’s elective course and elective thesis workshops dealing with the development of robotic digital fabrication techniques and their implementation in architectural design. From 2015 to 2017 he was involved in organizing and teaching at the newly formed Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Architecture and Digital Fabrication, which is initiated by NCCR DFAB and conducted at ETH Zürich. In 2015 he co-founded the Zürich based association TEN, a group dedicated to initiation and promotion of cultural ventures. Since 2017 he works as Lecturer in Design of Structures at Aalto University in Helsinki. Nicolas and Luka first met during design meetings for the Nautilus project in Skopje. Nicolas Rothenbühler is an artist and architect who thinks about the production and conception of the wide subject of space. He is dedicated to an intergral practice of theoretical research and aesthetic creation in both fields. Nicolas worked for the architecture offices of Christian Kerez, Park Architekten and works for Schneider Studer Primas since 2015 . He studied at the ETHZ and has a Masters degree of science in architecture and is currently enrolled in the Masters program of Fine Art at ZHdK, Zurich University of Arts. Nico still has to meet Ognjen Krašna. Ognjen Krašna is an architect based in Belgrade, Serbia. He studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade where he graduated with a Master’s degree in 2008. In 2007 he joined MIT-ARH architecture studio led by Professor Branislav Mitrović, where he worked for 7 years on conceptual, planning and building stages of more than 50 architectural and 3 structural designs, 35 competition proposals, of which 15 were awarded, and 2 executed projects. Since 2013 he practices architecture individually and collaborates with various architects, offices and groups, both in Serbia and abroad. Lately he closely worked with 1+1 Freeport and Morph Asia, based in Beijing on various exhibition, interior and architectural designs, and within TEN he co-authored on several building and research projects from the beginning.