Studio Informal Learning Spaces

How, where and what do we want to learn?

Higher Education is, in many fields, changing to a complex, inter- or transdisciplinary challenge requiring students and staff to rethink both, our learning methods and our local physical learning environments. Real-world problems are transforming and becoming more and more complex. ETH needs you as a student and as an architect to rethink how, what and where we want to learn. We invite you to engage with the observation, analysis and transformation of three different learning environments at ETH, in close collaboration with students, staff and stakeholders from several departments of the institution.

What should learning environments offer? To what kind of behaviour should these spaces invite? Which physical qualities, formal and informal, create inspiring spaces for the transfer of knowledge? What is the role of the digital?

A) The first phase of the studio will be about performing and representing on-site observations, about research on learning environments, and their behavioural settings and users, which will result in a research drawing.

B) The second phase is about testing spatial interventions in group work, with mock-ups in scale 1:1 in all three learning environments at ETH. The production will be supported by the textile designers Chevalier Masson and architect-carpenter Karl Rühle during two weeks of workshops.

C) The third phase is about translating the research material and spatial intervention into a Research Report and a vitrine. The 1:1 mock-ups will be presented and exhibited during a final vernissage in the studio.

ETH Zurich, Main Building, Drawing Room of the Department of Architecture, 1930


The Studio is run jointly with the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology by Prof. Momoyo Kaijima. We will be supported by our Senmnokas (japanese for master) Chevalier Masson, textile designer based in Brussels, and Karl Rühle, architect and carpenter based in Berlin.

– Design Studio
– Start on September 21st of september 2021
– Mid-term crits: 20.10.21 and 01.12.21
– Final Vernissage 23rd of december 2021
– Studio team: Momoyo Kaijima, Freek Persyn, Grégoire Farquet, Charlotte Schaeben
– Contact:,

Site 2: The Groundfloor "Langhalle" of Architecture Studios at the ONA Building in Oerlikon/Seebach