Architects, not Architecture: Mario Botta

The renowned Swiss architect is Archilover’s pick of the week

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As a consequence of Covid-19, our social and cultural life has been reduced to a minimum and allnnof us need to adapt to this unprecedented situation. Architects, not Architecture strongly believes that we all need some positive input in this extraordinary situation.


For this reason, they decided to open their archive and create a source of inspiration and entertainment by sharing one of the unique talks from their previous 35 events, which have never been published before including those of architects like Reiulf Ramstad, Francine Houben, Daniel Libeskind, Tatiana Bilbao, Peter Cook, Richard Rogers, Massimiliano Fuksas, Ben van Berkel, Benedetta Tagliabue, Anupama Kundoo, Manuelle Gautrand and Will Alsop.


Every week, Archilovers will be sharing one of the Architects, not Architecture talks. Our pick for this week is Mario Botta.


“One becomes an architect through one’s work, but also through encounters, through the work of others.” These are the words the Swiss architect, Mario Botta, chose to begin his talk with. He talks about the most impactful of these encounters and shares his own personal experience of becoming and being an architect. Listen to his stories loaded with appreciation and admiration for others and learn what it took to make him become the architect he is today.

Petra, Piombino - Italy, 2015


Mario Botta participated among two other speakers at the second AnA-Event in Berlin, Germany.
After his studies in Milan and Venice, where he had met and collaborated with Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn in 1969, he began his own architectural activities in Lugano, Switzerland. His work ranges from his signature single-family houses in the canton of his origin, Ticino, over public buildings like schools, banks, libraries and museums all the way to sacred buildings. Apart from running his architecture studio, he teaches extensively by giving lectures, seminars and courses in architectural schools in Europe, Asia, North- and South America. In 1996, he is one of the founders of the Academy of architecture of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, where he still teaches and held the directorship.

Since the beginning of his career, his work has been recognized internationally and honored with prestigious awards, besides being presented in numerous exhibitions and publications.

Chiesa San Giovanni Battista, Mogno (Svizzera), 1996




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About Architects, not Architecture

AnA aims to bring to the stage what we normally don’t see. We are used to attending lectures given by architects talking about their projects. But what are the inspirations behind them? What relevant experiences made the architect look for specific values? What lessons have they learned on their path? Which encounters influenced them on their way to where they are now? In short, what experiences have shaped the way the architect works? AnA wants to talk about that.


There is one rule at AnA: Architects are not allowed to talk about their projects.


They want to enable us to get to know their architectural approach from a completely different perspective. Having the opportunity to understand what is relevant for the architect, we will be able to understand their projects on a deeper level, without them being mentioned.


Architects, not Architecture was founded by Fermin Tribaldos and Irene Osei-Poku in 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. Since then, the event format has reached national and international attention and is currently present in seven European countries. For each event they invite three well-known architects, who instead of talking about their award-winning international projects, are asked to talk about themselves. They speak about their path, their influences and experiences, and dive deeper into their intellectual biography.


You can find more about the format and their upcoming dates at >>>



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