Franz Oswald is Professor em. of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Head of AUS, the Office for Architecture and Urban Studies.
Franz Oswald was Professor of Architectural Design at the ETH Zurich 1972-1993 and also Director of the Institute for Local, Regional and National Planning (ORL). He was also guest professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland; Cornell University, USA; Cooper Union, USA and visiting professor at Technion, Israel; New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA and consultant at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
He studied philosophy, literature and art history at the University of Bern and the University of Zurich before studying architecture at the ETH Zurich. His post-doctoral studies were completed at Universität zu Köln, Germany and Cornell University, USA.
His office for Architecture and Urban Studies (AUS) in Bern, Switzerland was responsible for projects, building construction, and research and development predominantly in Switzerland, Germany and Israel, and was responsible for the restoration project of the Sassanidic palaces in Iran. AUS received the Deutscher Betonpreis für Wohen der Zukunft.
Franz Oswald is a former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at ETH Zurich and former president of SCUPAD (Salzburg Congress of Urban Planning and Development). He has published numerous works on the topics of architecture, teaching architectural design, and theory of urban planning.