Philipp Schaerer

Philipp Schaerer, born in Zurich in 1972, is a visual artist and architect. Specializing in the field of digital image processing, his work is at the intersection between architecture, photography and graphic design. The main focus of his interest lies in the creation of images which try to reflect a built reality. He explores image strategies which can be abstract, model-like and exaggerated and thus able to reformulate the question of the differentiation between the real and artificial.

After graduating from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2000, Philipp worked as an architect and knowledge manager for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, from 2000-2006. During this time he created many well-known architectural illustrations for the studio that substantially influenced the visual language of today’s established architectural visualizations. At the Chair for Computer-Aided Architectural Design of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Philipp was responsible until 2008 for the Postgraduate Studies in CAAD under Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt. Since 2008, Philipp has been a lecturer at several universities and, from 2014-15, a visiting professor in the department of Architecture (Art et Architecture) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

His work has been published widely in Switzerland and abroad and exhibited in institutions such as Fotomuseum Winterthur, Berlage Institute (Rotterdam), La Filature (Mulhouse), Centre Wallonie Bruxelles (Paris), Festival Voies Off des Rencontres d´Arles, New York Photo Festival, Kunstmuseum Thun, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Musée Jurassien des Art Moutier and Architekturgalerie Berlin. Philipp Schaerer lives and works in Zurich and Steffisburg, Switzerland.