since 2017            Postdoctoral Researcher, project Flora Ruchat Roncati at the ETH Zurich, 1985-2002: Professor, Architect, Theorist, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

2016 – 2017           Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture gta, ETH Zurich.

2014 – 2016           SNF Marie Heim Vögtlin Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair for the History of Urban Design, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture gta, ETH Zurich.

2008 – 2013           Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture, Kingston University, UK

2009                         RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

2003 – 2008           PhD in History and Philosophy of Architecture, University of Cambridge

2002 – 2003           Masters in Philosophy, University of Cambridge (Distinction)

2001                         Professional Practice Examination, South Bank University. RIBA Part 3.

2000 – 2002           Teaching assistant, Kingston University

1999 – 2002           Architect, Herzog & de Meuron UK, London

1998 – 1999           Architectural assistant, Caruso St John Architects, London

1996 – 1998           Diploma Architecture (Distinction), University of North London. RIBA Part 2.

1993 – 1994           University of Nottingham, UK

1991 – 1995           Ion Mincu Institute of Architecture, Bucharest


Research topics

History of urban housing;

Contemporary architecture and criticism, with focus on Switzerland and the UK;

Professional status of the architect;

Gender parity and the place of women in architecture;

The relation between architectural pedagogy and practice.


Peer-reviewed articles and chapters 

(in press) “Re-coding Reform: Socialist Influences in the Planning of Working-Class Housing, London 1865–1900”, in Harald Stühlinger and Britta Hentschel (eds.), Recoding the City. Thinking, Planning, and Building the City of the 19th Century, Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2017 

“Renewable Principles in H. A. Darbishire’s Peabody Estates, 1864 – 1885” in Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London's Past for a Sustainable Future, David Kroll, Peter Guillery (eds.), London: RIBA Publishing 2017, pp. 57-74. 

Archithese: The Realism Issues, 1974 – 1976”, in: Exhibitions, Periodicals, and the Shaping of Postmodern Architecture: Mediating Messages, eds. Véronique Patteeuw, Léa-Catherine Szacka, London: Bloomsbury 2017  

“Systeem, gebaar, eenheid: Barokke tendensen in het werk van Valerio Olgiati = System, gesture, unity: Baroque tendencies in the work of Valerio Olgiati”, in OASE: tijdschrift voor architectuur = OASE: Architectural Journal no. 86, Barok / Baroque, December 2011, pp. 86-99

"Onstoffelijkheid en zinsbegoocheling = Abstraction and Artifice: Mannerism in the 20th Century", in OASE: tijdschrift voor architectuur = OASE: Architectural Journal no. 65, Ornament. Decorative Traditions in Architecture, December 2004, pp. 100-137


Summary articles

(in press) “From the region to the world: Architectural exports in contemporary Swiss Architecture”, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen no. 6, June 2017. 

(in press) “Testing Boundaries: Architecture in the 1990s”, ARCH+ no. 229, Am Ende: Architektur / In the End: Architecture, June 2017. 

“Reiterations: Cliché and interpretation in contemporary Swiss architecture”, Project Journal no. 6, March 2017, pp. 34-43. 

“Editorial”, in: bfo - Journal no. 2, 2016, pp. 3–4. Stable URL: http://bauforschungonline.ch/sites/default/files/publikationen/Davidovici.pdf 

Irina Davidovici et. al., “The architect in an age of scepticism: Denys Lasdun’s London legacy”, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen no. 12, Dec. 2016, 21-25. 

“Zurigo – Zu Reich”, Enigma Helvetia no. 3/5, Casabella, no. 861, May 2016, pp. 74-77.  

“The Depth of the Street”, AA Files no. 70, May 2015, pp. 103-123  

“The Remit of Order”, San Rocco no. 11 (July 2015), pp. 34-40.



Forms of Practice: German Swiss Architecture 1980–2000, Zurich: gta Verlag, 2012, 285 pp., 145 ill. Publication based on the 2008 doctoral thesis. 

(in press) Forms of Practice: German Swiss Architecture 1980–2000, second expanded edition, Zurich: gta Verlag, 2018, 335 pp., 175 ill. 

Irina Davidovici (ed.): Colquhounery: Alan Colquhoun from Bricolage to Myth, London: Architectural Association Publications 2014, 245 pp.


Contributions to books

(in press) “Ludwig Hilberseimer: The New City (1944)”, in: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Katrin Albrecht, Helene Bihlmaier and Lukas Zurfluh (eds.), Manuale zum Städtebau. Die Systematisierung des Wissens von der Stadt 1870–1950, Berlin: expected to be published September 2017, pp. 264–285.

“Ideology and Collective Life”, in Housing in Zurich, From Garden Cities to New Neighbourhoods: The housing cooperatives revolution, Dominique Boudet (ed.), Zurich: Park Books, 2017, pp. 78–86 

Irina Davidovici (lead author) and Manuel Muntenegro: “Aspects of Urban Integration in SAAL Nord”, in 74-14 SAAL and Architecture, eds. José António Bandeirinha, Delfim Sardo, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Coimbra, Porto: University of Coimbra Publications, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015, pp. 143-149 

“Rooms” in Peter Märkli: Sketches, Fabio Don and Claudia Mion (eds.), Lucerne: Quart Verlag, 2015, pp. 32-39. 

Victoria Easton, Irina Davidovici, Eric Lapierre et al.: “The Ceinture Rouge Syndrome” in La Brique Ordinaire, eds. Michael Meier, Christoph Franz, Zurich: edition fink 2015

“Galleries”, San Rocco Book of Copies, Giovanni Piovene, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Andrea Zanderigo (eds.), vol. II, Milan: San Rocco, 2015 

“Foreword” in: Stephen Taylor Architects, de aedibus international editions, Lucerne: Quart Verlag, 2015

“The Open Question of Social Housing” and “Timeline” in Feeling at Home: Finding Common Ground in Six Urban Housing Projects in Europe, eds. Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates, London 2012, pp. 2-21 

“Tectonic Presence” in Buildings. Sergison Bates Architects, ed. Heinz Wirz, Lucerne: Quart Verlag, 2012, pp. 9-13

“A Literary Architecture” [Introduction] in Jonathan Woolf Architect, de aedibus international, Lucerne: Quart Verlag, 2010, pp. 6-11

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, London: Phaidon, 2008, ed. Helen Thomas. Entries on contemporary Swiss architecture. 

Irina Davidovici and Jonathan Sergison: “Authenticity and Singularity”, in Brickwork: Thinking and Making, Sergison Bates Architects, Zürich: gta Verlag, 2005, pp. 13-17

"In Progress - Notes on projects by Dow Jones, Houlton Taylor and Patrick Lynch" [Introduction] in Encounters Between Here and There, London: Architecture Foundation, 2001, ISBN 978-0-9519067-5-0 [no page numbers]


Other relevant publications

Jean-Paul Jaccaud and Irina Davidovici, “Shared Projects” (interview), Jean-Paul Jaccaud, de aedibus series, Heinz Wirz (ed.), Lucerne: Quart Verlag 2016

Jonathan Sergison and Irina Davidovici, “Six Talking Points” (interview), L’atlante dell’architetto / The Architect’s Atlas, Bruno Pedretti (ed.), Mendrisio, 2016

“Alan Colquhoun 1921-2012” [obituary], archithese vol. 43, no. 1 (January 2013), p. 92

"Weiterbauen: At the Rear of Swiss Avant-Garde" in Scroope - Cambridge Architecture Journal no.17, Aftermath, June 2005, pp. 54-61

“Andersartigkeit und Tradition: zur Genealogie der Differenz in der modernen britischen Architektur = Otherness and Tradition: A Genealogy of Difference in British Modern Architecture” in Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, no. 5, May 2005, pp. 18-23  

Kenneth Frampton and Irina Davidovici: "A Specialist in Non-Specialization" (interview), Scroope - Cambridge Architecture Journal, no.16 (Architectural Education), 2004  

Irina Davidovici: "Marfa: Art in Exile, or ‘What Would Donald Judd Do?’" in Scroope - Cambridge Architecture Journal, no. 15 (Migration), 2003, pp. 44-49. 

Stephen Bates, Irina Davidovici, Jonathan Sergison, "Orientation + Topography: A Conversation” (interview), Papers, London, 2002, pp. 48-61.


Architectural criticism

“Re-evaluations. Notes on the work of Christian Kerez”, archithese no. 6, 2015 (Tradition Adaption Innovation), pp. 56 – 67.

“Tectonic Connections: Peter Märkli, Synthes Headquarters, Solothurn”, archithese vol. 43.1, January 2013 (Swiss Performance 13), pp. 20-27  

“Adam Khan Architects: New Horizon Youth Center, Londres = Ideas of Home: New Horizon Youth Centre by Adam Khan Architects”, in Moniteur architecture AMC, no.199, September 2010, pp. 84-89. 

“Through the keyhole. Painted House by Jonathan Woolf Architect” building review, Architects’ Journal vol. 231 no. 9, 11 March 2010, pp. 43-45.

Irina Davidovici and Stephen Taylor: “Typology: Stephen Taylor at Chance Street, Charlotte Road and Broadway Rainham” in Architecture Today no. 188, May 2008, pp. 34-36. 

“Skyline celebration: Dow Jones Architects in south London”, in Architecture Today no. 186, March 2008, pp. 38-40, 43.    

“Kinder im Raum der Geschichte: Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, von Caruso St John = Children in the Room of History: Caruso St John, Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London” in Werk, Bauen + Wohnen no.11, Nov. 2007, pp. 32-37.

“Brick House, London, by Caruso St John”, in Building Design, 27 May 2005.

"Schoolyard: Kingsdale School, London, by de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM)”, in Building Design, 2 July 2004.

“Tony Fretton Architects: Faith House, Holton Heath, Inghilterra, 2002”, in Casabella, vol. 66, no. 706-707, December 2002, pp. 30-35.

“Spirit Levels: Tony Fretton Architects in Dorset [Faith House]”, in Architecture Today no.131, Sept. 2002, pp. 42-44, 47-50, 53.

“Community focus: Talkback offices by Buschow Henley”, Architecture Today no. 125, Feb. 2002, pp. 36-46.

Irina Davidovici and Jonathan Sergison: “Institute of Advanced Material Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin”, Irish Architect no. 165, March 2001, 41-44, 46.

"Huis voor de kunst: New Art Gallery van Caruso St. John in Walsall”, de Architect vol. 31 [no. 6], June 2000, pp. [54]-[59].

Irina Davidovici and Jonathan Sergison: “Material knowledge [Institute of Advanced Material Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin], Architecture Today no. 113, Nov. 2000, pp. 30-32, 35-36, 38.

"Een intensere realiteit: het 'alledaagse' in de Engelse architectuur = A More Intense Reality: Ordinariness in English Architecture", in de Architect vol. 29 [no. 12], Dec. 1998, pp. 30-37. 

Book reviews

Capriccio in book form: Giulia Foscari, Elements of Venice”, archithese vol. 44, no. 5, May 2014, pp. 104-107.

“Diener & Diener Monograph”, Building Design, 18 July 2011.

“Swiss rationale: Marcel Meili, Markus Peter architects: buildings and projects 1985-2008, with essays by Jurg Conzett... [et al.]”, Architectural Review vol. 225, no. 1345, March 2009, p. 93.

“Structure as space, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi”, Blueprint no. 247, Oct. 2006, p. 145.

An architecture of invitation: Colin St. John Wilson, Sarah Menin and Stephen Kite”, Architecture Today no. 164, January 2006, p. 6.