Interview with Anna Heringer in The Guardian

Sustainable Classrooms: Mud Walls, Rainwater and Visits From Lizards

Two homes for AIDS orphans in Tanzania built by our students at ETH Zürich

During the Earthen Summer School 2015 two homes for orphans in Mdabulo, Tanzania have successfully been built. A community hall is currently under construction. The buildings were designed during the semester program oft he Studio Heringer Rauch at the ETH. The project is a cooperation of the UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development Heringer Rauch, BLOCK Research Group and the Chair of Integrated Building Systems MSc. 40 students were building together with craftsmen from the community Mdabulo under the site supervision of Karolina and Wayne Switzer. Thanks to everyone who helped making this wonderful project happen!

Think Global, Build Social! - Architecture Engages in Social Change

With Andres Lepik (Museum of Architecture TU Munich), Anna Heringer (Studio Anna Heringer), Adel Fahmy (Modern Sciences and Arts University Cairo)
Moderation: Omar Nagati (CLUSTER)
Monday, 7 September, 19:00
Goethe-Institut, 5 El-Bustan St., Downtown, Cairo
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2nd International Holcim roundtable « Re-masterializing construction »

Participants : Reed Kroloff, Alejandro Aravena, Xuemei Bai, Philippe Block, Michael Braungart, John Fernandez, Maarten Gielen, Harry Gugger, Guillaume Habert, Dirk Hebel, Anna Heringer, Mark Jarzombek, Vivian Loftness, Susan Parnell, Shrashtant Patara, Mark Swilling
June 2015
Einsiedeln, Switzerland

‘A modern alternative: rediscovering vernacular expertise in earth architecture.’

Hermès, Skills Academy 2: Morning session 5, Paris
Constructions in clay: earth architecture
Mario Botta, Thomas Granier, Anna Heringer, Thierry Joffroy
Saturday, 23.05.2015 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Théâtre de la Bastille, 76, rue de la Roquette, Paris 11th
video of the talk

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Lehmarchitektur – Baukultur – Nachhaltigkeit, Oberbayern

Arch. Anna Heringer, Hon. Prof. UNESCO
Friday, 15.05.2015 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ballhaus (Stucksaal) Rosenheim / Oberbayern

Urban mutations on the edge, research seminar / Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

Anna Heringer
04.05.2015 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.ETH Zurich

Ordre des architectes, promotion Anna heringer, Paris

-99 new members took the oath - 27.01.2015
-105 new members took the oath - 02.10.2014
-81 new members took the oath - 21.10.2014
-82 new members took the oath - 13.05.2014

My wishes on World Women's Day

… if you ask me if I feel equally treated as female architect the answer is NO.There is still a lot to be changed and sometimes it is needed to speak out.So these are my personal wishes for women in the field of architecture:

- Please trust us and stop doubting in our capacity. We are just as capable and talented to build a humane habitat as men.
- Please realize that being a mother makes it difficult to run a large office that requires weekend and night shifts. We might not have as many projects as our male colleagues, but we are doing our work with intensive reflection and profound responsibility. Please respect our work’s quality rather than counting its quantity.
- Please realize and respect that an intuitive and emotional approach is just as needed as a fact based one for a beautiful and humane habitat.
- Please don’t interpret shyness or a less extroverted manner as a lack of competence. It shouldn’t be about the ego. It’s about the meaning that our work can bring to other people’s lives.

With love and respect to all the great female architect friends around the world

Exhibition at MUDE Museum, Lisbon

Exhibitions with "Boro-Um Tecito de Vida" and "Puras Formas" at MUDE, Museu do Design e da Moda, Coleçao Francisco Capelo, Lisbon. 
Curators:Ayako Kamozawa, Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Stephen Szczepanek.

Ways to Modernism, MAK, Vienna

Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and their Impact
Wed, 17.12.2014 - Sun, 19.04.2015 MAK Exhibition Hall, Vienna

With Participation of Hans Hollain, Hermann Czech, Lacaton & Vassal, Werner Neuwirt and Anna Heringer.

ARCH Lecture Series at Berkeley

Anna Heringer
WEDNESDAY, 01/21/15 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Anna Heringer und Martin Rauch appointed to teach a studio for the next 2 years at Zurich, ETH

UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture,
Building Cultures and Sustainable Development.


In focus at first Holcim Roundtable.

Launch of the UN Habitat lecture series at the World Urban Forum in Medellin

April 8
UNI Booth at the Exhibition
Formal Launch and presentation of the Global Urban Lecture Series Medellin

Nomination of the Schelling Architecture Awards

Nomination for Schelling Architecture Awards:
Carla Juaçaba, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Anna Heringer
The Schelling Architecture Theory Prize will go to Juhani Pallasmaa.

archVision Women in Architecture Award 2014

Special mention for Anna Heringer - my warmest congratulation to Inês Lobo, Shimul Javeri Kadri, Cecilia Puga

Workshop in Madrid

...with Francic Kéré, Tyin, Anupama Kundoo, Solano Benitez and Anna Heringer
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BASEhabitat Summerschool

For everyone interested in earthen architecture and bamboo strctures:

Lecture at Staatliche Akademie der Künste in Stuttgart

04.02.2014, 19:00 - 21:00 Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Neubau 1, Hörsaal (3. OG)

Laufen Manifesto for a Humane Design Culture

With all our expertise, creativity and power, we need to contribute more dynamically and consequentially to the global quest for equality.
We need your support!
Like us on Facebook With special thanks to Stefano and Timur for the great help during the intense work for the manifesto.


Launching the UN-Habitat Hub on Informal Urbanism
Symposium 2013, November 20-23
Location: Sophiensaal, Sophienstr. 6, Munich
Curator: Christian Werthmann

Talk at Vitra Design Museum

Thursday, 19.09.2013 at 6pm, Vitra Design Museum, "Handmade Architecture"


Ethics and Aesthetics - Anna Heringer writes the guest commentary in the German DOMUS 03, September - October issue.

Exhibition "Learning from Vernacular"

10.08.2013 - 29.09.2013 at Vitra Design Museum
Curator: Pierre Frey

Workshop in Domaine de Boisbuchet, France

For everyone who want`s to have a creative holiday in a beautiful place at France:
Join the sommerworkshops in Domaine de Boisbuchet with Centre Pompidou and Vitra (cultural partners).
Anna Heringer: EcoTopia the potential of local materials

Workshop with Aga Khan Planning and Building Service in Mumbai

The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, India organizes a workshop and a symposium in Mumbai on December 1st and 2nd 2012. Themes of the Workshop will be:
- "Sustainable Development" led by Prof. Jame Wescoat at MIT with planner Ms. Anita Miya from AKPBS,I
- The "Social-Economic-Cultural Influences in Habitat Development", led by Anna Heringer and architect Nuru Karim, the Chairman of AKPBS,I,
- The "Policy and Governance in Habitat Development" led by Aseem Inam with Architect Ms. Surekha Ghogale from AKPBS,I

For more information and application please contact the organizers

Sustaining Identity Symposium III

Thursday 29 November, 10.00 - 17.30 at the V&A in London.
Sustaining Identity III brings together acclaimed contemporary architects whose work rejects homogenisation by prioritising place, the senses and memory: Paul Brislin, Juhani Pallasmaa, Li Xiaodong, Rick Joy, Josep Lluís Mateo, Anna Heringer, Christopher Lee (Serie Architects), Kongjian Yu (Turenscape), Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai), Declan O'Carroll (Arup Associates), Francis Kéré, Wang Shu

Über die Schönheit der Nachhaltigkeit, Talk at Freiburg

Werkbericht Anna Heringer l Salzburg,
Donnerstag, 22.11.2012 | 20.00 Uhr, Architekturforum Freiburg

Clay and Architecture

Anna Heringer gives a talk at Stuttgart Messe, November 8th, 4:40 pm.

MudWorks is featured in the Financial Times

"Mud World" by Avantika Chilkoti

Lecture in Delft, Symposium Herman Hertzberger 80 years

The future of Architecture: How does the world change, and the meaning of architecture with it? What are the opportunities and challenges for the future? At the request of Herman Hertzberger, architects from home and abroad will give their vision on the future of architecture on 11th October. 

6th International Conference on Building with Earth

Anna Heringer gives a talk at LEHM 2012, the 6th International Conference on Building with Earth that takes place from 5–7 October 2012 in Weimar.

Details - Building Simply Two

Authors: Anna Heringer, Christiane Sauer, Christian Schittich, Fabian Scheurer, Ansgar & Benedikt Schulz, Andrea Georgi-Tomas, Martin Zeumer
Christian Schittich (Ed.), June 2012
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"Machen!" exhibition and lecture at Aedes, Berlin

Exhibition from July 13th - 30th 2012, 
Lecture: Friday, August 3rd, 6 pm at Aedes
Video of Anna Heringer and Martin Rauch`s presentation of the Teaching an Training Center in Marokko (starts in the middle of the video, at 14:30 minutes)
Video of the discussion

`The Common` - conference in Pamplona, Spain

The Conference on YouTube

Mud Hall at Gund Hall, Harvard/GSD

Photo: Iwan Baan
Just in case someone wonders if I managed my year as Loeb Fellow at Harvard without getting my hands dirty: NO.
And Harvard never saw so much dirt before... 50 tons, 150 participants and 10 days.
Watch the project on YouTube, Video by Maggie Janik
Read Inga Saffron`s Blog on the project
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Banff Session 2012

Cultural Context, April 27 + 28, 2012
Keynote by Anna Heringer, Craig Dykers (Snohetta), Kim Nielsen (3XN), Lauren Rottet (Rottet Studio) and Lorcan O´Herlihy (LOHA)

In the Terrain of Water, UPenn

TERRAIN 2 - Symposium at PENNDESIGN: April 9, 2012

Lecture at Harvard`s Graduate School of Design

A Talk with Austrian Artist Martin Rauch and Anna Heringer, Loeb Fellow, moderated by Andres Lepik
Thursday, March 22, Piper Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public 

MudWorks at Harvard - A Different Shade of Green

Don’t just talk about sustainable buildings. Get your hands dirty!
MudWorks, a demonstration project to highlight the environmental benefits of  earth buildings, will begin construction March 17 on the most prominent corner of Harvard`s Graduate school of Design.
MudWorks is organized by the 2012 Loeb Fellows with design support from GSD students. The installation will be supervised by Anna Heringer and Martin Rauch.
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Workshop at Yale University

This two-day course will provide architecture and other design professionals in public interest design with in-depth study on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities.

Lecture with Andres Lepik and Rahul Mehrotra, Mumbai

Small Scale, Big Change - New Architecture Of Social Engagement
When: Thur, 16th Feb 2012, 6:45pm
Where: First Floor, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, Kalaghoda
"Research Initiatives in Architecture and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai present this exclusive conversation between Anna Heringer and Andres Lepik, moderated by Rahul Mehrotra."

International Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects

Anna Heringer has been awarded with the 2012 RIBA International Fellowship together with Atelier Bow-Wow, Carlos Ferrater, Sou Fujimoto, Christian Kerez and Francisco Mangado

Loeb Fellowship, Harvard University

Anna Heringer is selected as Loeb Fellow at Harvard University together with Christopher Calott, Jean Lauer, Andres Lepik, Ian Lockwood, Anne‐Marie Lubenau, Aaron Naparstek, Peter Park, Inga Saffron.

Regional Holcim Awards 2011 Africa Middle East

The Teaching and Training Center for Sustainable Construction from the team Anna Heringer, Martin Rauch, Naegele Waibel Architecs and Salima Naji for the Fondation Alliences has been awarded with the Bronce Award for the region Africa Middle East.

Vortrag und Workshop an der TU Wien

Mi. 29.06.2011, 14.30h, Hörsaal 7 Technische Universität Wien
Departement for Spatial and Sustainable Design

Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo

The DESI Project exhibited in the MAM show "Morada ecológica" (Ecological Living) cruated by Dominique Gauzin-Mueller in Sao Paulo.
19 Apil - 26 Juni 2011.

Building differently - Exhibition in Brussels

"Anna Heringer - building differently" Architecture Museum La Loge
Rue de l’Ermitage 86 Kluisstraat, Brussels 21.05 - 28.08.2011

Lecture, Zentralvereinigung der Architekten, Vienna

"Anna Heringer. Werkvortrag"
26.05.2011 | 19:00
at Bene, Neutorgasse 4-8, Wien

UNESCO/ LOCUS Symposium, Paris

24 May 2011, 5 pm „Redefining Progress: Architecture for a new Humanism“ UNESCO Headquarters Place Fontenoy, Paris

Lecture - "Architecture is a tool to improve lives", Bregenz

Architecture in Progress, Thursday 14. 04.2011, 19.00h
at Bene Bregenz, Arlbergstraße 99 – 101, Bregenz

Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2011

Anna Heringer wins the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.
The other four winners nominated by the LOCUS Foundation are Carmen Arróspide Poblete for the Association “Patronato de cultura de Machupicchu”, Olga Gudrun Sigfusdottir and Jörn Frenzel for “Vatnavinir”, Shlomo Aronson and Teddy Cruz.

The architecture you like©, MAXXI, Rome

METI - Handmade School will be part of the exibition "The architecture you like©", an initiative produced by Fondazione MAXXI and curated by GIZMO February 24th till April 10th 2011 at MAXXI [National Museum of XXI Century Arts] in Rome.

Lecture at the conference Earth Architecture/ Mud, Stone & Shale

Say`un, Wadi Hadramut/ Republic of Yemen, 
February 28th - March 4th 2011

Bartlett School of Architecture International Lecture Series

6.30pm Wednesday 12th January 2011Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London, WC1

Lecture at Harvard University, GSD

Anna Heringer: "On Sustaining Beauty - Local Solutions for Global Challenges"
November 23, 2010, 6:30pm - 7:30pm ·   Piper Auditorium
Website GSD

Lecture at Goethe Institute NY - What is green architecture?

Earth Works - A Global Strategy for Sustainable Architecture
November 11, 2010
Website Goethe-Institut

RIBA - Talk

Creating Change: Architecture and International Development’
Tuesday 19th October 2010 Jarvis Hall
Speakers: Nabeel Hamdi Anshu Sharma Anna Heringer
Chair: Angela Brady, RIBA President-Elect

Small Scale - Big Change, MoMA New York

"This exhibition presents eleven architectural projects on five continents that respond to localized needs in underserved communities. These innovative designs signal a renewed sense of commitment, shared by many of today’s practitioners, to the social responsibilities of architecture." October 3, 2010–January 3, 2011
Website MoMA 

First Prize - UIA competition

Training Centre for Sustainable Development in Marrakech
"At a meeting in Marrakech on 16 and 17 July 2010, the jury designated the winning team composed of Anna Heringer (Austria), Martin Rauch (Austria), Nägele Waibel architects (Austria) and Salima Naji (Morocco) that will be commissioned to realise the winning project.
The jury unanimously recognised the architectural quality of this project, as well as its modernity. Integrated into the local context, it proposes an interpretation of the archetypes of the rural ksars and the urban medersas. The jury was seduced by this humanist project that combines technology, culture and the socio-economic reality of the region. This architectural sculpture plays skillfully, both externally and internally, with the overlapping of volumes and light and shade."
UIA website

Earth Works!

International Summerschool on modern earthen structures and sustainable architecture
BASEhabitat/ Martin Rauch, Anna Heringer
with CRATerre, TU München and the UIA sponsored by Ziegelwerk EDER
Gmuden, September 1st - 18th
BASEhabitat website

Biennale 2010, Venice

Participation at the Austrian Pavillon "Austria Under Construction"
Participation at the German Pavillon "Sehnsucht"

1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces Exhibition, V&A Museum, London

An Infinite Vision of Summer
"This project evokes the sights, smells and textures of summer. At the heart of the structure is a meditation chamber. Visitors would enter it barefoot, so feeling the sea of barley grain that floods the room. They might then lie down in the bathtubs and enjoy a view of the suspended upside-down barley fields, swaying gently in an artificial breeze." (15 June - 30 August 2010, V&A Museum London)
V&A website

Exhibition in Villa Noailles, France

Construire ailleurs - Building elswhere
(photo credits Pasi Aalto)
TYIN + Anna Heringer

Lecture - Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

28 Sept. 2009
Anna Heringer + Martin Rauch (Autriche)

11th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

Edge - Paracentric Architecture
7th to 9th August 2009, Jyväskylä, Finnland

Exhibition - Cité de l`architecture & du patrimoine, Paris

13 May 2009 - 01 Nov. 2009
Quelles architectures pour une ville durable ?

Exhibition - Green Architecture for the Future

29 May -4 October 2009
Lousiana Museum of Modern Art

Lecture at MIT, Boston

History and Practice - Exploring the role of history in contemporary architectural practice
Saturday April 25th, 2009
The intent of this workshop is to bring together scholars and practitioners of architecture to discuss critical approaches to the role of history within contemporary practice. The situation, we suspect, demands a re-assessment of the theoretical relationship between architect and historian and we suggest that a renewed responsibility toward the discipline and society at large is needed. How can we conceptualize this critical practice?

Archiprix International in Montevideo

Archiprix International presents the world’s best graduation work and, correspondingly, a new generation of talented architects, urban planners and landscape architects who are prepared and equipped to enrich current construction requirements with inspiring ideas and plans. From March 26 - April 3 2009 an extensive workshop program is organised for the participants of the Archiprix International 2009.
Group 1 - No Limits! is directed by Anna Heringer.

Lecture at RIBA, London

10th February 2009 More...

Winner of the Emerging Architecture Awards 2008!

The DESI project and HOMEmade family houses in Rudrapur are amongst the three winners of this year's AR Emerging Architecture Awards. 
"Out of the ordinary!" (Paul Finch)

The Emerging Architecture Exhibition is at the Royal Institute of British Architects until Feb 28

DESI inauguration

"Another clay-, straw- and bamboo-made two-storey eye-catching school building was inaugurated
at Rudrapur in Dinajpur yesterday near the similar old building which won the 2007 triennial Aga Khan Award for Best Architecture. (...)" The Daily Star on 18/10/2008. Read more...

World Architecture Community Award

Good news - the concept of the HOMEmade project (family houses) in Rudrapur is spreading and just got rewarded with the Architecture Community Awards 1st Circle!
Congratulation and thanks to all who helped to turn this vision into reality - first of all the client families for their trust in us, the students of BRAC University (Bangladesh) and the students of the Linz University of Art/ project-studio BASEhabitat (Austria) for all passion and efforts they have invested in these projects and of course our partners Dipshikha and Shanti for their great support. 

The Darkside Club - Biennale 2008 in Venice

"The Darkside Club, acts as a satellite event to the Biennale, providing a platform to showcase the best of current thinking within a forum of critical debate.

The curators for 2008 3x3x3 are three leading experimental practitioners and master teachers Greg Lynn (USA / UAA Vienna), Patrik Schumacher (UK / AA London) and Gregor Eichinger (Vienna / ETH Zurich). The curators will explore issues aligned to how space and architecture perform in an increasingly sophisticated century, which continues to question the physical limitation of the built environment. 

It is hoped that The Darkside Club will continue to create an international dialogue on emerging experimental practice. Through presentation and visuals presented by young practitioners from around the world the curators will offer their themes for debate, to be moderated by some of the leading critics and debated with a panel of leading architects and journalists and the salon as a whole."

The Darkside Club, Saturday 13th September
Curator: Gregor Eichinger, Co-curators Sabine Dreher (Liquid Frontiers) and Eberhard Tröger
Moderator: Paul Finch
Theme: Basic Instincts
Anna Heringer
Lehm Ton Erde - Martin Rauch
Baubotanik - Hannes Schwertfeger, Ferdinand Ludwig, Oliver Storz