Dominique Ghiggi / Ghiggi Paesaggi Landschaft & Städtebau

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm

Dominique Ghiggi will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Ghiggi is the Autumn 2019 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Profesor at the Knowlton School. She has worked on various projects and studies in Switzerland and Senegal and founded Zurich-based Ghiggi Paesaggi Landschaft & Städtebau in 2018 (formerly ghiggi landschaft architektur, 2009-2018).

The changing and often unpredictable developments of nature, in small and large scale and in both an urban and natural context, are expressed in the design and implementation of her work. Through a careful study of the history and current condition of a site, Ghiggi is able to highlight specific landscape features in relation to cultural values. Some of the topics that Ghiggi has studied with particular interest are rainwater collection, vegetative ecotypes, soil erosion and recycling material.

Ghiggi studied biology at the University of Basel and completed her master’s degree in landscape architecture at ETH Zurich. From 2002 to 2007, she worked at Vogt Landscape Zurich. From 2008 to 2010, she was a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Günther Vogt in the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich. This work resulted in the distinctive book Tree Nurseries: Cultivating the Urban Jungle, published by Lars Müller Publishers in 2010.

In addition, Ghiggi has collaborated with artists and scientific experts on projects such as La Macchina meravigliosa — a 2nd place-awarded art installation in the Lausanne Jardin Competition — developed with her previous partner Carola Antón and the Zurich-based artist Corina Rüegg. She has also collaborated with the artist Pilar García from Seville on an artistic interpretation of the practice of dendrochronology, supported by the Swiss researcher Prof. Fritz Schweingruber.