Aus Wikipedia. Nicht dargestellt. Auszug: Peter Zumthor (born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect and winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize. Zumthor was born in Basel, the son of a cabinet-maker. He apprenticed to a carpenter in 1958 and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in his native city starting in 1963. He studied at Pratt Institute in New York in the 1960s. In 1968, he became architect for the Department for the Preservation of Monuments of the canton of Graubnden. This work on historic restoration projects gave him a further understanding of construction and the qualities of different rustic building materials. As his practice developed, Zumthor was able to incorporate his knowledge of materials into Modernist construction and detailing. His buildings explore the tactile and sensory qualities of spaces and materials while retaining a minimalist feel. In 1998, Zumthor received the Carlsberg Architecture Prize for his designs of the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria and the Thermal Baths at Vals, Switzerland (see below). Zumthor has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, the Technical University of Munich, the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 1994, he was elected to the Akademie der Knste in Berlin. In 1996, he was made an honorary member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). He won the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture in 1999. In 2009 he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize; his practice grew quickly and he accepted more international projects. In November, 2009 it was revealed that Zumthor is working on a major new building for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Zumthor's work is largely unpublished in part because of his philosophical belief that architecture must be experienced first hand. His published written work is mostly narrative and phenomenological.