List of contributors
Norman Foster, winner of the 1999 Pritzker Prize, is one of the most important architects practising in the world today. He is Chairman and founder of Foster + Partners, based in London, with project offices worldwide.
Tim Benton is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Open University in the UK and teaches at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has published extensively on the history of modern architecture and especially Le Corbusier, including Les villas de Le Corbusier et Pierre Jeanneret, 1920-1930 and Le Corbusier conférencier. He is a member of the board of directors of the Fondation Le Corbusier.
Jean–Christophe Blaser is a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. As an art historian and critic, he regularly publishes essays in the press and in catalogues for museums and art centres. He is also an independent curator of contemporary art exhibitions.
Veronique Boone is an engineer and architect based in Belgium. She teaches at the Faculty of Architecture at Brussels’s Free University. Her research focuses on the representation, communication and promotion of architecture through photography and film, particularly concerning the work of Le Corbusier.
Catherine de Smet, art historian, lectures at the Université de Paris VIII and the EnsAD in Paris. She has published extensively on design and Le Corbusier’s publishing activities, including Le Corbusier: Architect of Books, Vers une architecture du livre and Pour une critique du design graphique. Dix-huit essais.
Nathalie Herschdorfer is an art historian and independent curator specializing in photography. She is director of the Swiss office of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP) and of the Swiss photography festival Alt. +1000. Her recent projects include Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast.
Arthur Rüegg, architect, is Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Technology at ETH Zurich. He is a specialist of construction, colour and design in the Modern Movement. His books include Swiss Furniture and Interiors in the 20th Century, Le Corbusier: Polychromie architecturale and Le Corbusier: Meubles et Interieurs 1905–1965. He also co-curated the exhibitions ‘Le Corbusier Before Le Corbusier’ and ‘Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture’.
Klaus Spechtenhauser is an art historian based in Basel, Switzerland. He worked as a scientific collaborator and project leader at ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE (Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment) for many years and is now science editor for the cantonal department of conservation of Basel-Stadt, Switzerland. He writes regularly on twentieth-century architecture and cultural history.
Lada Umstätter is chief curator at the Musée des beaux-arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds. She studied art history at the University of Moscow Lomonosov and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has worked as an art history lecturer, researcher, and television show host across Russia, Switzerland and the United States. She specializes in Swiss and French art of the 20th and 21st centuries.