Meili & Peter Architekten

The collaboration between architects Marcel Meili and Markus Peter dates back to 1987, when they founded their first firm. Some thirty years and three companies in Zurich and Munich later, the duo has participated in major competitions and carried out many projects that have established them as unquestionably influential figures in the Swiss architectural landscape. Their pragmatic approach to architecture is characterised both by their attention to detail and by a careful study of the specific conditions under which their buildings will be used, and by the bespoke technical and technological innovations they develop for their projects. Meili and Peter strike a perfect balance between creative genius and constructive intelligence, which can also be seen in the many master-plans and urban planning research projects they have delivered.
Their “exemplary practice”, in the words of the Federal Art Commission, is based on the complementarity of Marcel Meili and Markus Peter. Marcel Meili studied at ETH Zurich, where he later taught before being appointed to a professorship in 1999. In particular, he co-directed the ETH Studio Basel Contemporary City Institute with Professors Roger Diener, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. He was also a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught at the Internationale Sommerakademie Berlin. Markus Peter trained as a civil engineering draughtsman and went on to be a visiting student in philosophy at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He received his diploma in architecture from the Technische Hochschule Winterthur. He was an assistant and visiting professor at ETH and taught at the International Summer Academy (Design) in Karlsruhe, before being appointed to a professorship at ETH in 2002. In addition to completing numerous projects in Switzerland and abroad, Meili and Peter publish regularly and have served on the juries of a number of international architecture competitions.