Oliver Lütjens graduated in architecture from ETH Zürich in 2002. Before founding Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten in Zürich with Thomas Padmanabhan in 2007, he worked for Diener & Diener in Basel, Meili Peter Architekten in Zürich and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. He is currently teaching as head assistant with Adam Caruso at ETH Zürich. Both have written for San Rocco and in 2012 were part of the San Rocco group exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Thomas Padmanabhan graduated from Aachen University, then Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, and Cornell University in 2000. He worked for Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York, Meili Peter Architekten in Zürich and Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel. In 2007, he founded Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten in Zürich with Oliver Lütjens. Until 2013 he taught as assistant with Peter Märkli and Markus Peter at ETH Zürich. He is an active critic and lectures internationally.
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.