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Philippe Rahm studied at the Federal Polytechnic Schools of Lausanne and Zurich. He obtained his architectural degree in 1993. He works currently in Paris. In 2002 he was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice and was one of the 25 manifesto architects of Aaron Betsky's 2008 Architecture Biennale in Venice. He is a nominee in 2009 for the Ordos Prize in China and was in 2008 in the top ten ranking of the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize in Moscow. In 2007 he had a personal exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide and was a resident at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2000. He is currently visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He is working on several private and public projects in France, Poland, England, Italy, and Germany. He has lectured widely, including at the Cooper Union, Harvard School of Design, UCLA, and ETH Zurich.
The 2011-12 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; InterContinental San Francisco; Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc.; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; McCall Design Group; Perkins + Will; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; SmithGroup; WRNS Studio; WSP Flack + Kurtz; ARCH Art and Drafting Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; FME Architecture and Design; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Long & Levit LLP; SRG Partnership; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander | Auerbach Glasow French; BAR Architects; Dome Construction Corporation; Donald MacDonald Architects; J.H. Fitzmaurice Construction; ProPM, Inc.; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects.