First Edition 2007-2008
Born in Tiefencastel in 1957 in the canton of Graubünden, he lives and works in Chur. He studied under Prof. Dolf Schnebli at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich where he graduated in 1983. Since 1988 he is joint owner with Andrea Deplazes of the atelier Bearth & Deplazes in Chur and in 1995 Daniel Ladner joined them.Since 2000 he is Professor of Architecture at the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio and on September 2007 he took up the directorship. From 2003 to 2005, he was visiting professor at the architecture faculty of the University of Sassari in Italy. He has given many lectures in Switzerland and abroad with the aim to convey his primary themes i.e. the links between teaching, research and practice.
His many projects and buildings include: the school with multi-purpose hall in Tschlin (citation as part of the international architecture prize for new construction in the Alps, Sexten 1996), the school with multi-purpose hall in Vella (citation as part of the international architecture prize for new construction in the Alps, Sexten 1999; project in the final round of the 6th Mies van der Rohe Award, Barcelona, Alcopor Prize 2000); Williman-Lötscher apartment building, Sevgern (1998-1999); Rageth alpine cabin, Fanas Cania (1998-1999); Walther apartment building, Malans (2001); gallery for contemporary art, Marktoberdorf (Germany) (1998-2001); chairlift station in Carmenna, Arosa (2000-2001); head office for Public Health Insurance Company ÖKK in eastern Switzerland, Landquart (2002); Gantenbein wine estate in Fläsch (Velux Daylight Award 2007).