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Mirko Borsche was born in 1971 in the picturesque village of Tegernsee, Bavaria. He gained a post-graduate degree in Graphic Design from Kingston University, London, and completed his studies at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany, with a diploma in Communication Design.
From 1994 to 1999 he worked as an art director for advertising agencies, including start. advertising and Springer & Jacoby, on clients such as Levi’s, MTV, and Mercedes-Benz. In 1999, Mirko became the art director of jetzt Magazin, a weekly youth oriented supplement included in the national daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Subsequently, he worked for the publishing company Gruner + Jahr, co-founding and art directing NEON, a widely successful monthly magazine for young adults. From 2004 to 2007 he took on the artistic direction of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the newspaper’s renowned weekly magazine supplement after which he founded his own graphic design studio, Bureau Borsche, and started working as a creative director for the national weekly newspaper Die Zeit, its magazine supplement ZEITmagazin, and several other Zeit Verlag spin offs.


Kim Colin (RDI) is at the forefront of industrial design as co-founder of London design studio Industrial Facility and its speculative branch Future Facility. She is the first female product designer to become a Royal Designer for Industry. Originally from Los Angeles, Kim moved to the UK and formed Industrial Facility in 2002 with British designer Sam Hecht (RDI). They work with international and influential clients including Herman Miller, Muji, Yamaha, Epson, Issey Miyake, Mattiazzi, Wästberg, Emeco and Novo Nordisk, some of whom rely on them as trusted design advisors as well as valued designers. The work touches many sectors such as the workplace, personal electronics, domestic goods, medical devices, fashion and exhibition design. Kim’s designs reflect both a meticulous attention to detail and a thoughtful consideration of cultural context.

Kim has a Masters degree in architecture from Sci-Arc in California; she applies the spatial rigours of architecture to industrial design with great effect. Her studio’s work is well documented, with over fifty international awards, including 6 iF Gold Awards – more than any other British design office. Work is included in most permanent design collections including the SFMoMA, the V&A, Chicago Art Institute and the Cooper Hewitt, amongst others, and was the subject of the exhibition ‘Industrial Facility: Some Recent Projects’, held at the Design Museum in 2008. She is a dedicated teacher and has taught design studios at the Royal College of Art, the Architectural Association and currently at ÉCAL in Lausanne. In 2018 the studio’s first monograph Industrial Facility was released by Phaidon Press.

Founder Vetements and CD Balenciaga,

Milan, Zurich, Paris

Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and moves as a teenager to Switzerland with his family, where he studied Industrial Design at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). Already as a student he organized exhibitions at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (MfGZ) and founded his own studio in Zurich in 1991.

His clients include internationally renowned companies such as Alias, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Moroso and Vitra. For the system-house-builder Baufritz located in Germany he developed a house-ensemble between object and architecture and for BMW he explored the mobility of the future.

Apart from many restaurants, there are a number of other interior projects to highlight: More than two dozen shops have been created for the Spanish shoe manufacturer Camper, as well as the entire interior of the Swiss Embassy in Copenhagen in 2016. The biggest project was probably the Hotel 25hours Zurich West, which opened in 2012. He was responsible for the overall interior decoration and designed more than 60 products for the hotel.

His works were shown 2008 in the monographic view «SurroundThings» in the MfGZ, many exhibitions and some years later also in the Museum Paul Klee in Berne.

With his exhibition-concepts, architectural-projects and design, he is one of the most sought-after designers in the world. He can combine tradition and innovation, joy and energy in his projects. This is how he sets the mark for signs in design history and receives the «Grand Prix Design» from the Swiss Federal Office for Culture in 2014.

Doreen Lorenzo is a successful leader of global creative firms who advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. In March 2016 she was appointed Director of the Center for Integrated Design, University of Texas-Austin. She is a co-founder of mobile video insights firm Vidlet, as well as a board member and advisor of several other startups, and a columnist for Fast Company Co.Design and Medium. A recognized thought leader on business and design issues, she speaks publicly about her signature leadership style and the power of empathy to drive business results. A Manhattan native, she maintains that everything in life connects back to a Ramones song.

Doreen is an ardent believer in the advantages of “soft skills” like empathy and humor in business. She speaks at industry conferences, at private events, and to the media about her experience using these often overlooked skills to understand and motivate creative people. A driven and successful woman in a male-dominated industry, Doreen also speaks about women in leadership and coaches aspiring women leaders to help them find their own paths to success.

From 2013 to 2015 Doreen was president of Quirky, where she oversaw product development and operations for this fast-growing company. Prior to Quirky she worked at frog design for 16 years, including seven years as president. While president of frog she drove company strategy, oversaw worldwide operations and delivery, and led the iconic design firm to record growth.

As a thought leader on design and innovation, Doreen is a frequent resource to various business publications. She has been featured in ABC News, Bloomberg Radio, Fast Company, Fortune, The New York Times, and many other media. She served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies (2011-2012) and Emerging Multi Nationals (2013-2016).

Doreen earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in theater from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group, Winterthur

Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz studied mechanical engineering, visual communication and industrial design and graduated from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. The professors Klaus Lehmann, Kurt Weidemann and Max Bense had formative influence on the design philosophy he has today. In 1985, he founded the Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group with offices in Winterthur/Switzerland and Konstanz/Germany. The company offers consultancy services for business start-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as world market leaders within the five defined fields of competence design strategy, industrial design, user interface design, temporary architecture and communication design, and has received numerous international awards. From 1987 to 1993, Meyer-Hayoz was volunteering as president of the Swiss Design Association (SDA); he is member of the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID), of Swiss Marketing and the Swiss Management Society (SMG). Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayzo serves as juror on international design panels. Besides working on complex design processes in the company’s focus areas medical engineering as well as machine and equipment design, he also moderates Change Management- and Turnaround projects in the fields of design strategy.

Designer & Entrepreneur, Aschau

Nils Holger Moormann positions himself somewhere between the conventions of conventionality and makes himself comfortable amidst his pieces of furniture. They are not unlike the man himself: ascetic, well thought through, and with a nod and a wink to posterity that is easily missed. As an autodidact and free spirit, Nils Holger Moormann has, from 1982 onwards, developed with a number of mostly young, unknown designers furniture which exhibits a reduced formal language and precise solutions to detail.

The key thoughts are simplicity, intelligence and innovation, and these colour the company’s entire philosophy. From the company headquarters in Aschau to the purist design of FNP – a classic in its own right – and the unusual guesthouse ‘berge’, any new ideas and deliberations will certainly not be put off until tomorrow.


Passionately interested in information design, Pierre Grosjean worked for IBM in Geneva before becoming a journalist. He was a member of the founding team of the Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps, where he oversaw its online edition.

Since 1999 he’s chief design officer of LargeNetwork agency, which specialises in magazine publishing and infographics, in print and online. It employs around 20 staff at its Geneva office, as well as an extensive network of freelancers. Agency clients include the Swiss Federal Government, WIPO, Pictet, EPFL, Ringier Axel Springer and Bobst.

Pierre has a degree in economics from the University of Neuchâtel.

lic.phil.I Kunstgeschichte und Film

Universität Zürich

Gründungspartner der Werbeagentur Neutral Zurich (2001).

Über 15 Jahre Erfahrung als Ausstellungsmacherin, Kunstkritikerin und Journalistin mit Kernkompetenz zeitgenössische Kunst, Mode, Lebensstil. Tätigkeit als Kuratorin in namhaften Institutionen und Museen wie Berlin Biennale Berlin und Museum Ludwig Köln sowie als freie Ausstellungsmacherin. Autorin für Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, Park Avenue, Parkett und viele andere.

Ganzheitliche Erfahrung im Bereich Brand Content und Brand Entertainment sowie Uptrade Marketing für Kunden Chloé, Vionnet, Flughafen Zürich, Puma, Pringle of Scotland, Bally, Bucherer, Valser und viele mehr. Branchenschwerpunkte: Luxusgüter, Mode, Kunst & Kultur, Medien.

Mitgliedschaften: IAA, ADC

1975, Communication Designer,

Founded Staub Communication Design 2010.

With a degree in graphic design and a decade of international agency experience, established relationships with clients and communication partners in Switzerland and abroad.

Lead person of CDA Switzerland, Communication Designers Association, a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the modern discipline of communication design.

Since 2013 Barbara Staub has been a member of the Commission on Higher Vocational Education of the Arts – St.Gallen.


Yannick Aellen concepts, produces, casts, choreographs and/or sound designs for fashion shows, events and photo shoots. During his valuable engagement with the Gwand Fashion Festival in Lucerne, where he played an important role in the international development of the festival and the professionalization of the shows, he in 2003 started to work independently. Aellen was responsible for the production and creative direction of the Stella/Swiss Textiles Award-shows and has furthermore worked for clients such as Louis Vuitton, Alexis Mabille and Ann-Sofie Back during the Paris and London Fashion Weeks. He has also been working for the United Nations, the Institut Mode-Design FHNW and tv channel Pro7. Since 2011 he twice a year organizes the professional shows-and sales-platform Mode Suisse in both, Geneva and Zurich. 

Katharina Sand is the CEO/founder of the designer boutique SEPTIEME ETAGE. After graduating from Goldsmith‘s College in London, she covered the art and fashion world as a New York correspondent from 1994 to 2000. She founded her internationally renowned boutique SEPTIEME ETAGE in Geneva in 2000, curating exclusive contemporary designer collections, and launched her online store in 2011.

A speaker on Fashion and Technology at Tedx Transmedia in Rome in September 2013, she has also participated in a wide variety of fashion award juries for the past 16 years. She is a regular lecturer for the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD), the Master of Luxury Management at the Geneva School for Business administration (HESGE) and teaches at PARSONS Paris.

Katharina frequently works on her days off, covering fashion, art and design for a variety of publications and blogs including PAPER Magazine, the Swiss edition of L‘OFFICIEL (as Senior Contributing Editor for three years) and joined BLISS ( the magazine of the Swiss financial daily AGEFI) in 2016 as fashion editor.

Swiss born fashion designer Lela Scherrer established her independent studio in Antwerp/Basel in 2002. As of recent Lela has relaunched her own line in which she shows her personal creative vision at will which brought her national and international awards. Her work assignments for fashion and concept design include collaborations with companies like Dries van Noten, ELLE, Walter van Beirendonck and Wim Neels amongst other, the Swiss pavilion at World Expo 2005 as well as costume design for theater companies in Switzerland and Belgium. She is a guest lecturer at the fashion departments of the Basel University of Art and Design and Geneva University of Art and Design. To be on top of things Lela keeps pursuing projects, venturing into collaborations with product designers and artists.


Moritz Schmid studied product design at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. During 4 years he worked as a designer and projectleader in the studio of Alfredo Häberli. In 2008 he founded his own studio in Zurich. Since then he has worked in various fields of design, from furniture to tableware as well as exhibition design for companies like Atelier Pfister, Glassworks Edition, Glas Trösch, Helmrinderknecht contemporary design gallery, Kvadrat, Museum of Design Zurich, Röthlisberger and others.

Michèle Rossier has enjoyed a successful career of more than 20 years as an interior architect and interior designer. Initially as a self-employed businesswoman, and since 2001 as the Geneva branch manager, global head of sales, and member of the management board of Teo Jakob AG; the renowned nationwide Swiss interior design and furnishing company. Michèle Rossier conceives and implements solutions for sophisticated private homes and business premises. In her work she combines a passion for aesthetics and quality, extensive professional know-how, and economically sustainable entrepreneurship to create a distinctive personal style.

As someone with expert knowledge of the Swiss and international design world and a well-connected practitioner of the design furniture sector, Michèle Rossier supports several design-oriented and design-related platforms with great personal commitment.  For instance, she is the founder and a jury member of the “Prix Teo”, the annual prize for the best interior design diploma project at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD), and a long-term furnishing partner of the international art fair Art Genève. As an active member of both business and trade associations such as WIPSWISS, Michèle Rossier is committed to the fruitful synergy of interior design, the promotion of young talent, industry and commerce.

Nach dem Zivildiensteinsatz 2004 für eine Schweizer NGO in Indonesien, gründet Thomas Wüthrich zusammen mit Yves Raschle die Möbelfirma INCHfurniture (www.inchfurniture.ch). Sie entwerfen Massivholzmöbel, welche in deren Basler Werkstatt entwickelt, an einer indonesischen Holzfachschule produziert und unterdessen international verkauft werden. INCHfurniture hat sich in den letzten Jahren auf architekturspezifische Möblierung spezialisiert. So sind beispielsweise Möbel für den Schweizer Pavillon an der Weltausstellung in Shanghai (2010), den Erweiterungsbau für das Kunstmuseum Basel (2016) oder den Neubau im Landesmuseum Zürich (2016) entwickelt und realisiert worden.

Des Weiteren entstehen unter dem Namen PanteraPantera (www.panterapantera.com), in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Basler Architekten Jens Müller gelegentlich Innenarchitekturprojekte, worin sie stark materialbezogen arbeiten. So sind seit 2007 diverse Restaurants, Bars, Clubs sowie etliche Projekte für die Kunstmesse ART Basel entstanden.

Zwischen 2009 und 2014 unterrichtete Thomas Wüthrich projektspezifisch im Fachbereich Produkt- und Objektdesign am Institut für Innenarchitektur und Szenografie der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz.


Geboren 1964, absolviert Frédéric Dedelley eine Ausbildung zum Product Designer an der ECAL, Lausanne und am Art Center College of Design (Europe), La Tour-de-Peilz. In 1995 gründet er sein eigenes Atelier in Zürich. Seitdem entwirft er Möbel, Objekte und räumliche Konzepte für Firmen, Institutionen, Galerien und Privatkunden. Von 2001 bis 2008 unterrichtet er am Institut für Innenarchitektur und Szenografie der FHNW/HGK Basel. Von 2009 bis 2016 lehrt er an der Studienrichtung Objektdesign der Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst.


Leslie Nader, geboren und aufgewachsen im aargauischen Rothrist, entwirft und realisiert Innenarchitekturkonzepte; ihr heutiger Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt liegt in der Raumgestaltung von Hotels und Gastronomiebetrieben. Bereits seit 1995 selbständig als kreativer Kopf in unabhängigen Projektteams tätig, firmiert sie seit 2014 mit ihren Mitarbeitenden unter Nader Interior GmbH und deckt zusammen mit ihnen sämtliche Kompetenzen von der Planung bis zur Bauleitung ab.

Zu ihrer beruflichen Spezialisierung gelangte Leslie Nader über lehrreiche und stark praxisorientierte Umwege. Auf eine Ausbildung als Dekorateurin in der Schweiz folgte von 1984 bis 1987 das Studium mit Abschluss in Interior Design an der JFK University in San Francisco. Im Anschluss blieb sie für weitere zwei Jahre in Kalifornien und betreute für Blaire Spangler Interior Design hauptsächlich Hotelprojekte. Von 1987 bis 1995 zeichnete sie bei der Swatch Group in Biel und New York für deren internationale Auftritte und die Shopkonzepte verantwortlich.

Ihre Premiere im Restaurantdesign feierte Leslie Nader 1999 mit dem Bergrestaurant Capalari in Laax, welches bis heute unverändert unter ihrem ursprünglichen Konzept erfolgreich ist. Darauf folgten 11 weitere Projekte in Laax. 2013 gelang ihr der Auf- und Einstieg in die Systemgastronomie mit einem Gestaltungskonzept für Yooji’s Flagship Restaurant an der Zürcher Bahnhofstrasse, das sie in der Folge auf sämtliche weiteren Standorte mit variierenden Platzvorgaben adaptieren konnte.

Leslie Naders kreative Spannweite überrascht und widerspiegelt sich in der Vielfalt und Unterschiedlichkeit ihrer Werke: Ihr gelingt die Kreation räumlicher Erlebniswelten in Restaurants und Bars, an Grossevents und Messen der Sport- und Automobilwelt, in Shops, Büros wie auch öffentlichen Einrichtungen und reicht mit der eigenen, 2004 lancierten Lampenkollektion PolyPop bis zum Objektdesign. Nicht ein Stil, sondern derer vieler sind ihr Stil. Ihre gestalterische Handschrift lässt sich lediglich im harmonischen und gleichzeitig intelligenten Einbezug der jeweils individuellen baulichen Rahmenbedingungen, durch die kompromisslose Detailtiefe ihrer Designs wie auch deren Praktikabilität im Alltag erkennen.

Aktuell befasst sich Leslie Nader mit der Innenarchitektur des denkmalgeschützten Güterschuppens in Arosa, der umgebaut als einzigartiger Gastronomiebetrieb genutzt werden soll.  

Swiss, born in 1985 in New York, Albert Schrurs is an Architect and a Designer graduated respectively from EPFL and MAS Luxe of ECAL. He is also a member of the SIA, VSI.ASAI and recognized as a professionally qualified representative (MPQ ). After completing several internships in Paris, Tokyo and Beijing, notably within the offices of Shigeru Ban (Pritzker Prize 2014), Kengo Kuma, Ma Yansong (MAD Architects) and Jacques Lucan, he worked as a Project Manager in Architecture for Louis Vuitton before fully dedicating himself, in September 2011, to his own activity under the name of Allegory Studio. In 2015, he seized the opportunity to see bigger and decided to associate with the international agency Centdegrés; Allegory then changed its name to Centdegrés Suisse; Today the team has 7 employees and plans to expand to Zürich. Alongside his professional activities, Albert Schrurs co-founded the charitable and cultural project, Verbier Mountain Climbers, in 2010 and, since 2014, regularly participates in HEAD University as a Jury and a Workshop Professor. Winner of several international prizes, he is now regarded as one of the talented Swiss of his generation and is recognized as an expert in his field.


Sophia Moeschlin (1991) lives and works in Zurich. She studied industrial and product design at écal in Lausanne and works for Nose Design Experience. With her “vegan fur” - a material innovation - she was nominated (with Lya Rennhard) for the German Ecodesign Award.  Her diploma thesis was exhibited at the Design-Week in Dubai. She has been involved in a broad range of product developments, from lighting to railways and has worked in various design studios. Efficiency and attention to detail are important to her. She sees herself as an interdisciplinary interpreter and likes to work at the intersections between customers, manufacturers, engineers, and other designers. She believes that good design can make a difference and loves the challenge of finding convincing solutions.

Nicolas le Moigne’s designs are a celebration of juxtaposition. They show an understanding of, and capacity for, complexity and contrast: seemingly fragile yet resilient, at once artisanal yet also industrial, assuredly sophisticated yet without guile. Like a master swordsman he parries and ripostes between opposing materials, forms and conventions to produce designs that are rigorous and balanced.

This equanimity has brought the Swiss designer, also Head of Master in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, to the attention of both manufacturers and design galleries alike. Working between industrial companies such as Eternit or Atelier Pfister and galleries in London, Paris, Berlin, Zürich or Mexico, Le Moigne’s dexterous approach is an elegant counterpoint to the chaos of a supersaturated design culture.

Michael Sutter, born in 1970 near Solothurn, initially studied environmental sciences at ETH Zurich followed by industrial design at ZHdK. After graduating in 2000, he was able to realize many projects at Formpol as a long-term employee. Furthermore he was occasionally active as lecturer and examination expert at ZHdK, HFTG and ETH Sustainability Summer School.

Since 2012, Michael Sutter has been working as a senior designer and senior engineer in the team of innovation management at Helbling Technik AG in Zurich. Thereby he is involved in both, preliminary projects as well as in the development of new products. His design and development tasks lie in the areas of machine and plant construction, tools, medical technology, household and other technical devices such as the collaborative robot P-Rob 2 from F&P Robotics.

"Integrated industrial design" is being continuously expanded at Helbling Technik AG - the largest service company for product development in Switzerland. Michael Sutter ensures that industrial design is integrated into the engineering services right from the start, and that engineers and designers are able to work hand in hand with high efficiency on complex tasks. The result are innovative, ergonomic products with coherent details and a convincing overall appearance.


Dipl. Innenarchitektin FFI/VSI,
wohnhaft in Zürich.

Inhaberin eines Architektur- und Innen-Architekturbüros in Maur. Arbeiten in den Bereichen strategische Planungen, Bauplanungen und Realisationen von Umbauten, Neubauten, Einrichtungen und Gasträumen für Private und öffentliche Bauherren (www.mariannedaepp.ch).


Ab 1988 bis 2006 Engagement für den Aufbau der Fachhochschulen im Bereich Design und Kunst in verschiedenen Eidgenössischen Kommissionen. Als Mitglied der eidgenössischen Fachhochschulkommission mitverantwortlich für die Neupositionierung dieser Ausbildungen.

Seit 2002 ständige Expertin in der Innovationsagentur KTI (Kommission für Technologie und Innovation) des eidgenössischen Volkswirtschaftsdepartements. Die KTI finanziert angewandten Forschung und Entwicklung, zuständig für die Themen der Gestaltungssparten, den Planungsdisziplinen und der Künste. Im Weiteren seit 2004 bis 2012 Fachexpertin bei DORE (DO-Research, ein Förderungsinstrument für praxisorientierte Forschung an Fachhochschulen), zuständig für die Themenbereiche Design und Kunst.

Walter Stulzer hat an der Universität Zürich Zoologie studiert und abgeschlossen. An der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste hat Walter Stulzer den Studienbereich Mediale Künste mitbegründet. Ausserdem ist er Fachexperte der Eidgenössischen Kommission für Technologie und Innovation (KTI) und Mitglied des Forschungsrats des Swiss Design Institute for Finance and Banking. Vor seinem Engagement für NOSE war er Partner bei Eclat. Ab 1995 hat Walter Stulzer bei NOSE die Kompetenzfelder Interaction Design, Corporate Design und Brand Strategy aufgebaut. Heute leitet er das Unternehmen als CEO. Walter Stulzer ist verheiratet, Vater von drei Töchtern und lebt in Kilchberg.

Design Leadership Prize

François Höpflinger, Prof. Dr., sociologist, member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Gerontology at the University of Zurich. (Internet: www.hoepflinger.com)

Prof. Dr. François Höpflinger, born 1948, married, 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, studied sociology and social psychology at the University of Zurich. From 1994 Titular Professor of Sociology at the University of Zurich. 1991 to 1998 programme manager of the National Research Programme 32 Alter/Vieillesse/Anziani'. 1999 to 2008 Research Director at the University Institute 'Age and Generations', Sion. From 2009 independent research and consulting activity on age and generation issues Current research projects: Housing in old age, changes in ageing, social report 2016 on well-being in Switzerland. 2013 Honorary membership of the Swiss Society of Gerontology, laureate 2013 of the Dr. J.E. Brandenberger Foundation in recognition of activities in the field of gerontology and generational research.

Dr. phil. Marie Glaser is directing the ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the & built Environment at the ETH Department of Architecture since 2016. She studied European cultural anthropology and literary studies in Munich, Washington D.C. and Vienna and is educated in inter- and transdisciplinary research collaboration and museum studies. She worked at the IFF Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Higher Education in Vienna from 1999 -2004 and as Co-Convener of the master programme in interdisciplinary research and science communication at the University of Vienna. In 2004, she joined ETH CASE Zurich as researcher and postdoc. She co-directed, together with Prof Dietmar Eberle, the Master of Advanced Studies MAS ETH Housing programme from 2007- 2015. Her research, her publications and teaching focus on social and cultural changes and housing, access to affordable and adequate housing for different groups, innovations in sustainable housing. Recently she is working on an international research project on Geographies of Age in Housing (2017-2020) and she is one of the PIs in the European HERA joint research project Public Space in European Social Housing (PUSH) (2019-2022).

Bob Gysin is the founder of Bob Gysin Partner BGP Architekten in Zurich, which today has 50 employees. As Chairman of the Board of Directors, he is involved in the architectural discourse as well as in strategy developments for sustainability. Since its foundation, the architecture firm has stood for future-oriented architecture and is one of the pioneers in sustainable building on the European architectural scene. Bob Gysin founded a gallery for avant-garde art in 1971 - even before the architectural office opened in 1976. The focus is on promoting young professional artists. In addition to lectures, jury and expert activities and the Energy Salon, publications such as "Living at Every Age" and "Sustainable Thinking in Architecture and Art" document the claim to combine social commitment and cultural relevance. BGP has been awarded numerous national and international architecture prizes.

New: Energy Efficiency Prize

After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1984, Roland Brüniger worked for several years as an electrical engineer in the industrial and consulting sectors. At the same time, he completed a second course of study in technical management sciences at the ETH, Zurich.

In 1990 he founded the engineering office R. Brüniger AG and gradually expanded it over the years. His engineering office currently employs about 15 people and the focus is on electrical planning with a focus on industry, banking, roads and road tunnels as well as energy.

Roland Brüniger has headed the research programme "Electricity Technologies" for the Swiss Fe-deral Office of Energy, SFOE, since 1990, coordinating and managing a large part of Swiss rese-arch in this field. As part of this work, it examines all research, pilot and demonstration project ap-plications received by the SFOE in this area. It also supervises the approved projects during their implementation. He is also a Swiss representative in the international Technology Collaboration Programme 4E (Energy Efficient End Use Equipment) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and works as an expert and consultant in the assessment and evaluation of applications for competitive tenders (ProKilowatt) and the Watt d'Or of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. For a long time, he has also reviewed various energy-related project applications submitted by the Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).

Roland Brüniger grew up in Graubünden, now lives in Ottenbach in the canton of Zurich, is married and has two grown-up children. He enjoys sports (tennis, mountain biking and swimming) and is the inventor of the innovative warming sole chili-feet, which produces heat by running alone. As a part-time job he distributes it with his family.


Annette Douglas lives and works for textiles, for design and innovation. Her special ability lies in her twin competence, design and engineering. Since 1999, she runs her own company Annette Douglas Textiles with a small team (www.douglas-textiles.ch).  She is winner of prestigious awards like Design Preis Schweiz or Best of Best Red Dot Award. Annette Douglas has dual British and Swiss nationality and is the fourth generation of her family to work in the textile industry.

Since 2004 her focus lies on textile concepts, on the sense of hearing. Meanwhile, Annette Douglas Textiles is the brand for acoustic textiles solutions. That is why she invented the CTI research project in 2009. Annette Douglas carried out this research project in collaboration with the EMPA (Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology) in her capacity as the initiator, project manager and commercial partner. The first translucent acoustic fabric collection Annette Douglas Textiles ACOUSTICS® is since 2011 on the market.

Annette Douglas has a great affinity for architecture. During her studies she already developed and designed textile façades and other textile applications for architecture. Today she can point out a number of buildings with textiles that were tailor-made for architecture, for example the University Campus Toni Areal in Zurich, the Rehab Clinic Schinznach, the UBS Head Office Zurich or the Baroque Pavilion Stockargut for the University Zurich.

Thomas W. Meyer (1952) has passed his long career at Bischoff Textiles Ltd. and was mainly in charge of the marketing and sales as well as the design and development department. Working stays in London and Paris and further education in different fields completed his great experience in the textile industry. He was strongly committed to the Swiss Textiles Federation and longtime president of the Embroidery Manufacturer- and Export division. Several awards and the nomination as “Creator of the Year 2014” for Bischoff by Eurovet and the “Ville de Paris” were highlights.

René Rossi has been working at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology for over 20 years in the field of the interactions between materials and the human body (especially the human skin). In 1999 he was awarded a PhD for his dissertation "Experimental investigation of the interaction of protection and physiology in fire fighters protective clothing" by the Institute of Hygiene and Applied Physiology at ETH Zurich. Since 2003, he has been leading the Laboratory for Protection and Physiology at Empa, a group of 40 researchers developing new materials and systems for the improvement of health and performance of the human body. His particular interest is the influence of clothing on comfort, especially in sportswear and protective clothing. In the field of smart textiles, his group is developing new fibers and membranes for sensing and drug delivery purposes. He is a founder member of the European Society for Protective Clothing and Member of the General Council of the Fiber Society. René Rossi is lecturer for Thermoregulation and Sports Textiles at ETH Zurich and author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.