Conen Sigl Architects is a Zurich based office founded in 2011 by Maria Conen and Raoul Sigl. Both of them studied architecture at the Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne and Zurich, where they graduated in 2005. The projects in existing structures allowed them to develop a specific attitude and achieve their own formal language. It is an architecture that tries to create strong spaces with specific atmospheres - both interior and exterior. Parallel to the building activities, the office is also involved in cultural projects. They were responsible for the exhibition design of the Manifesta 11 in Zurich and are also supervising the exhibition design for the Swiss Art Awards in Basel since 2017. In addition to their work in the office, they were actively involved in teaching. Raoul Sigl has taught with Buchner Bründler at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and with Christ & Gantenbein at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Maria Conen has taught with Adam Caruso at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Later they taught together at the TU Munich and the at the TU Dresden. They are currently guest professors at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.