Markus Breitschmid

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Markus Breitschmid
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Born (1966-04-20) April 20, 1966 (age 50)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Alma mater Technische Universität Berlin (Ph.D)
Occupation Architect

Markus Breitschmid (born 20 April 1966, Lucerne, Switzerland) is a Swiss architectural theoretician, historian, and author.


Breitschmid is professor of architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University since 2004. Previously, he was the "2003 Visiting Historian for the History of Architecture and Urbanism" at Cornell University, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, and a visiting professor at The Catholic University of America and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.[1]

Breitschmid wrote his doctoral dissertation "Der Baugedanke bei Friedrich Nietzsche" at the Technical University of Berlin in 2000; it was subsequently published as a book titled "Der bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur" (The Building Spirit. Friedrich Nietzsche and Architecture). Breitschmid studies how Nietzsche dealt with architecture in his philosophy. Breitschmid also writes about contemporary architecture, particularly the architecture of Valerio Olgiati.[2]

Breitschmid's other writing concerns the aesthetic mentality of modernism and contemporary architecture.[3] Among other publications dealing with Contemporary Swiss Architecture, Bruno Taut, Tectonics in Architecture, and Theories of Interpretation.

Published works (selection)[edit]

As author[edit]

  • Der bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur. Quart, 2001. ISBN 978-3-907631-23-2
  • Can Architectural Art-Form be Designed Out Of Construction? Architecture Edition, 2004. ISBN 978-0-9702820-8-8
  • Nietzsche's Denkraum. Edition Didacta, 2006. Hardcover: 978-3-033-01206-6; Paperback: 978-3-033-01148-9
  • Three Architects in Switzerland: Beat Consoni – Morger & Degalo: Valerio Olgiati. Quart, 2008. ISBN 978-3-907631-88-1
  • Die Bedeutung der Idee. Die Architektur von Valerio Olgiati. Niggli Verlag, 2008. ISBN 978-3-7212-0676-0
  • El Inventorio Conceptual de Valerio Olgiati / Valerio Olgiati's Ideational Inventory in: El Croquis No.156, 2011. ISBN 978-84-88386-65-6
  • The Architect as 'Molder of the Sensibilities of the General Public': Bruno Taut and his Architekturprogramm. in: The Art of Social Critique. Painting Mirrors of Social Life, Lexington Books, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7391-4923-2
  • Christ & Gantenbein. Around the Corner. Hatje & Cantz, 2012. ISBN 978-3-7757-3381-6 [co-authored with Victoria Easton]

As editor[edit]

  • Conversation with Students – Valerio Olgiati. Virginia Tech Architecture Publications, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9794296-3-7
  • A Modern Milieu – Julius Meier-Graefe. Architectura et Ars Series, Volume 1, Virginia Tech Architecture Publications, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9794296-0-6
  • Thoughts on Building. Corporis Publisher for Architecture, Art, and Photography, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9795472-8-7
  • K + N House at Wollerau – Valerio Olgiati. Architecture Case Study, Volume 11, Corporis Publisher for Architecture, Art, and Photography, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9802274-9-9
  • Olgiati. English Edition. Birkhäuser, 2011. ISBN 978-3-0346-0783-4 (text edited with Leina Gonzalez; also available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese editions)
  • Seattle Central Library – Rem Kohlhaas. Architecture History Case Study No.15, Corporis Publisher for Architecture, Art, and Photography, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9893936-5-2
  • Architecture and the Ambient – Mario Botta. Architectura et Ars Series, Volume 2, Virginia Tech Architecture Publications, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9893936-5-2


  1. ^ Virginia Tech Website
  2. ^ Irinia Davidovici: Forms of Practice. German-Swiss Architecture 1980-2000. Zürich: gta Verlag, 2013, pp. 10-14.
  3. ^ Breitschmid at Virginia Tech

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