Professor of Architecture & Urban Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
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Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 prize handover – São Paulo, Brazil
Hubert Klumpner (left) discusses the future of how Grotão could develop if sustainable construction approaches and technologies are implemented with Edward Schwarz (wearing sunglasses), General Manager of the Holcim Foundation.
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Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 prize hand-over, São Paulo, Brazil
Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 for “Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub” in São Paulo, Brazil: Prize presentation (l-r): Hubert Klumpner (Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winner), Aaron Betsky (Global Holcim Awards jury representative and Director, Cincinnati Art Museum, USA), Alfredo Brillembourg (Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winner), Elisabete França (Secretary of Housing of the City of São Paulo: SEHAB), Maria Tereza Diniz (Director, SEHAB).
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The presentation of the Global Holcim Innovation 1st prize event in Zurich, Switzerland was also attended by Hubert Klumpner (left), Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winner for “Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub”, São Paulo, Brazil; pictured with Matthias Kohler, Global Holcim Innovation 1st prize winner for "High-efficiency concrete formwork technology", Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich.
Hubert Klumpner is a Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and winner of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2012.
Last updated: January 29, 2019 São Paulo, Brazil
Hubert Klumpner is also Chair of Architecture & Urban Design at ETH Zurich (2010-). His work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning; and creating bridges between first world industry and third world informal urban areas.
He is Co-founder of architecture firm Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) based in Caracas, Venezuela and Co-founder of the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (SLUM Lab) with Alfredo Brillembourg. They were awarded the Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regard to social, ecological, and aesthetic aspects (2010).
U-TT was awarded the Global Holcim Awards Silver (2012) and Holcim Awards Gold for Latin America (2011) for “Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub”, São Paulo, Brazil. The project, Grotão – Fábrica de Música, was praised by the Global Holcim Awards jury for its unifying concept, premium cultural facilities, architectural quality, and integrated involvement of the local community in a socially-inclusive planning and management approach.
U-TT and Justin McGuirk received the Golden Lion for the Best Project of the Common Ground Exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2016).
Hubert Klumpner graduated from Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria) in 1993 before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design from Columbia University, USA (1997). He is the co-author of Informal City: Caracas Case, Rules of Engagement: Caracas and the Informal City and SLUM Lab: Informal Toolbox.
He has been a consultant on urbanism to the International Program for Social & Cultural Development in Latin America (OAE and UNESCO) and is a regular guest critic and guest speaker at various architecture institutes, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, AEDES, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Berlage, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo and University of California, Los Angeles.