12 – 2017

Flora Ruchat-Roncati

While not the first important woman architect in Switzerland she was the first woman professor of architecture at the ETH Zurich and consequently a role model for a whole generation of women. Flora Ruchat-Roncati (1937 – 2012) belonged to the leading figures of the Ticino Tendenza; her schools and private houses, her collective housing buildings and the engineering structures along the new Gotthard railway line and the Transjurane motorway have a fixed place in the canon of Swiss architecture. In this issue the team of the Nationalfonds research project on Flora Ruchat reveals new aspects of her biography, and two Ticino photographers take a look at her work from a current perspective.

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