Collegium Helveticum

Alfredo Thiermann
Early-Career Fellow 2021–2022

History of Architecture
Fellowship duration
September 01, 2021–June 30, 2022

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Alfredo Thiermann (born 1987 in Santiago de Chile) is an architect and founding partner of ThiermannCruz. Through his design practice and theoretical research, he explores the intersections between architecture and different media, from sound installations and film set designs to private houses, public buildings and large-scale infrastructure projects. He has taught and lectured at institutions such as Harvard University and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Alfredo’s written and built work has been published in Revista ARQ, TRACE magazine, Zeppelin, Potlatch, Real Review, Thresholds, Archithese, GTA Papers and BauNetz, and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Museo MAC Quinta Normal and the Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho.

His built projects include Artifact Nr. II (2013) at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; Artifact Nr. I (2012) in Paine; Artifact Nr. IV (2015) in Lago Llanquihue; Casa I in Santiago and Artifact Nr. V at the Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) in Istanbul. He was a finalist in the Young Architects Program organised by MoMA in Santiago de Chile and a nominee for the MCHAP Emerging Architect Prize awarded by the IIT in Chicago.

Alfredo studied architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile and Princeton University and received his PhD from ETH Zurich. During his fellowship at the Collegium, Alfredo was appointed Assistant Professor for the History and Theory of Architecture at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University.