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

‘From the region to the world: Architectural exports in contemporary Swiss Architecture’, werk, bauen + wohnen no. 6, June 2017. 

‘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, pp. 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

‘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: DOM publishers, 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, p. 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, p. 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, pp. 41–44, p. 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, p. 38.

‘Een intensere realiteit: het ‘alledaagse’ in de Engelse architectuur = A More Intense Reality: Ordinariness in English Architectur’, 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.