Oliver Lütjens

Kenzo Tange Design Critic in Architecture

Oliver Lütjens, born 1972, studied Architecture at the ETH Zurich and at the EPF Lausanne. After his Diploma he worked for Diener & Diener, Meili Peter, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas.

Together with Thomas Padmanabhan, he established Lütjens Padmanabhan Architects in 2007. The practice’s recent work focuses on housing in the residential districts surrounding Zurich and Basel including the award-winning low rent Waldmeisterweg apartment building in Zurich and the Zwhatt Sufficiency lighthouse project in Regensdorf. Further afield, they are currently working on the new residence of the Swiss ambassador in Algiers and the new Swiss general consulate in Stuttgart.

The practice won the 2019 Architecture Prize of the Canton Zurich and the 2020 Good Buildings Award of the City of Zurich.

Oliver has taught as an assistant at the guest chair of Adam Caruso and Peter St John at ETH Zurich, later as head assistant at the chair of Adam Caruso, and as a guest professor at TU Munich and EPF Lausanne. He has been teaching at the Harvard GSD in 2020 and 2022