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Paolo BŘrgi


Paolo L. BŘrgi is adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania since 1997 and professor-researcher at the Iuav, IUniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia, Italy since 2003.

In 2002 he is invited as visiting professor at the UniversitÓ Mediterranea degli Studi in Reggio Calabria, Italy.


He has been practicing as a free-lance landscape architect since 1977 when he opened his own practice in Camorino, Switzerland, after having graduated in landscape architecture and planning at the Engineering School of Rapperswil in 1975 winning first prize. His working experiences abroad which enabled him to get to know other cultures as well as several encounters with the architect Luis Barragan, winner of the Pritzker Price, have had considerable impact on his design activity and have not seized to influence his work.


BŘrgi’s projects mainly deal with open space design and planning in connection with architecture in the public and private sector. Recent projects in Switzerland include the August Piccard Space in Sierre, the Accademia di Architettura Space in Mendrisio and the significant Cardada Mountain Revitalization project in Locarno. He is especially interested in the exploration of artistic values.


Over the years BŘrgi has participated in a number of national and international competitions winning several prizes, for example at the Helsinki Toolonlathi Parks competition, Finland, the Piazza Barche competition in Mestre, Italy, the Botanical Garden in Geneva and the Palazzo dei Congressi competition in Lugano.

In 2003 he is invited by the North German City of Hannover to participate in their project “Kunst-Garten-Kunst”.


BŘrgi was Board member of the Swiss Federation of Landscape Architects.


He has presented papers at conferences in Canada, USA, Argentina, Chile and throughout Europe, and his articles and design work have been published in a wide range of specialist literature.

His international activities include lectures, seminars and studios for the City of Philadelphia, Columbus Ohio, Genova, Padova, the Island of Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon andá the Mountain Village of Bosco Gurin in Ticino, Switzerland.


In 1989 BŘrgi was awarded the ‘Aspan Award’ for the recovery of the Motto Grande Quarry and in 1999 he won the ‘JMG Prize for Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Visual Resource Management’.


In 2003 he was awarded the ‘European Landscape Award Rosa Barba’ in Barcellona for the project Cardada, reconsidering a Mountain and the ‘Die Besten 03-bronce Award’ for the project Seashore and Lakeside in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. His practice is based in Camorino, Switzerland.



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