Architectural Behaviorology

Oct. 02, 2017

Architectural Behaviorology being a design theory and methodology that we have adopted with the objective of rediscovering the forgotten values of resources through the lens of ethnography. In essence it tries to find existing barriers and deficits and then challenge them in order to create better accessibilities to local resources. The aim is to activate the behaviors of actors, both human and resource, to create commons and rejuvenate community livelihoods.



Momoyo Kaijima

Momoyo Kaijima (b. 1969 , Tokyo JP) graduated from the Faculty of Domestic Science at Japan Women’s University in 1991. She founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. In 1994 she received her master degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During 1996-1997 she was a guest student with scholarship from Switzerland at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). In 2000 she completed her post-graduate program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She served as an assistant professor at the Art and Design School of the University of Tsukuba since 2000, and as an associate professor since 2009. In 2012 she received the RIBA International Fellowship. Since 2017 she has been serving as a Professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETHZ. She taught at Harvard GSD (2003, 2016), guest professor at ETHZ (2005-07), as well as at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2011-12), Rice University (2014-15), Delft University of Technology (2015-16), and Columbia University (2017). While engaging in design projects for houses, public buildings and station plazas, she has conducted numerous investigations of the city through architecture such as Made in Tokyo and Pet Architecture.  She was the curator of Japan Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Atelier Bow-Wow:


Sandrine Badoux

Sandrine Badoux (b. 1995, Lausanne CH) is an architect. She completed her Bachelor in EPF Lausanne and her Master in ETH Zürich, graduating in 2019 with Professor Momoyo Kaijima. Between her Bachelor and Master she interned for Pont 12, in Lausanne. During her studies she was interested in a variety of scales, techniques and materials. She took part in workshops, where she did more practical work. She works as an assistant at ETH Zürich, Chair of Architectural Behaviourology since June 2020.


Rémy Carron

Carron Rémy (b. 1995, Fully CH) is a practicing architect collaborating on various projects in Switzerland. After several working experiences in Swiss offices as well as in NGO’s in South America, he graduated from ETHZ with a master degree from the chair of Adam Caruso in 2021. Rémy joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology as a research assistant since 2022.


Tanguy Caversaccio

Tanguy Caversaccio (b. 1995, Lausanne CH) is an architect. He completed his Bachelor in EPF Lausanne and his Master at ETH Zürich, graduating in 2021 with Professor Momoyo Kaijima, receiving 2nd place for the Heinrich Hatt-Bucher price. Between his Bachelor and Master he interned for COBE, in Copenhague and MAK in Zürich. Tanguy works as a freelance for the architectural census of the canton of Vaud and on various projects including architecture, furniture, and research. He works as an assistant at ETH Zürich, Chair of Architectural Behaviourology since August 2021.


Christoph Danuser

Christoph Danuser (b. 1988, Chur CH) joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology in 2018, where he is involved in research and teaching for the chair’s design studios. After studying architecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and ETH Zurich, from which he graduated with a master’s degree, Christoph worked for several years as a project leader and gained experience designing and developing multiple projects of different sizes and kinds, from new developments to the renovation of listed buildings. In 2018 Christoph founded his own architectural practice, Atelier Danuser, working on architecture projects in Switzerland and abroad.

Atelier Danuser:


Samuel Dayer

Samuel Dayer (b. 1995, Sion CH) is a practicing architect based in Zurich. He completed his architectural studies at ETH Zurich, graduating in 2021. Between his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree he gained practical experience through internships in Zurich and Berlin. During his academic journey he worked at the Chair for Construction and Building Technology (BUK) contributing to the publication of the book ‘Konstruktion/Manual’. Currently, he is employed at Stefan Roggo und Christoph Widmer Architekten where he has been involved in timber construction projects across different scales, as well as renovations of heritage-listed buildings. Samuel joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology in 2023 as a teaching assistant.


Grégoire Farquet

Grégoire Farquet (b. 1983, Le Châble CH), is an architect, researcher and architecture critic. He has a bachelor from EPF Lausanne and a master degree in Architecture from ETH Zürich, where he graduated from Prof. Peter Märkli’s 2104 diploma class. He founded Farquet Architectes Sàrl in 2015, the office is working on different scale projects with a focus on specificity and complexity, and has a wide experience in timber construction and project dealing with the existing. Grégoire is regularly writing critic for swiss architectural reviews. Since February 2019, he is part of a Future Learning Initiative project team, between the Chair of Cognitive Science with Prof. Christoph Hölscher and the Chair for Architectural Behaviorology with Prof. Momoyo Kaijima, researching on Future Learning Spaces.

Farquet Architectes:


Simona Ferrari

Simona Ferrari (b. 1988, Luino IT) studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano (BSc with honors), TU Vienna, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology (MEng) as Monbukagakusho Fellow. From 2014 to 2017 she worked with Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, completing several international projects including the Research Library in Muharraq (Bahrain), the Japanese House Exhibition at MAXXI (Rome) and at MOMAT (Tokyo). She is currently completing an MA in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her practice is multi-disciplinary including architecture, visual arts, and writing. She joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology at ETHZ in 2017, assisting the curation of the Japan Pavilion at the 16th Venice Biennale.


Sofia Ferrari


Tazuru Harada

Tazuru Harada (b. 1990, Ibaraki JP) studied architecture at the University of Tsukuba (B.Arch.) with Prof. Momoyo Kaijima and completed her master’s program at Graduate School of University of Tsukuba (M.Arch.) as a Student with Excellent Grades by JASSO. During 2016-2017, she studied interaction design and innovation at École nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers in Paris (M.Sc.) as a member of the Young Ambassador Program by MEXT. During 2019-2020, she worked in Paris for several international projects in architecture and landscape. She joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich in 2020.


Elias Knecht

Elias Knecht (b. 1996, Zürich CH) studied architecture at ETH Zürich. He joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology (D-ARCH) and the Chair of Circular Engineering in Architecture (D-BAUG) as a scientific- and teaching assistant in 2023. His architectural master thesis titled “Future Learning Spaces” (2022) was supervised by Prof. Momoyo Kaijima and Barbara Buser in conjunction with Prof. Catherine De Wolf and focused on the reuse of the former “Huber Pavilions” on ETH Campus Hönggerberg. Elias continues to work with students, researchers and industry partners alike to integrate principles of circular economy into architectural curriculum at ETH by reusing demolition waste materials.


Kelly Man

Kelly Man (b. 1993, Luxembourg LU) studied Architecture at the EPFL in Lausanne, in Austria at the TU Graz and at ETH Zürich, at which she graduated in 2019 under Professor Momoyo Kaijima. During her studies and after graduation, Kelly has worked in several architecture offices in Zurich. Since August 2021, Kelly has been teaching at ETH Zurich at the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology, where she can deepen her interest in the interaction between space and people, as well as their awareness of sustainability and the way people build in everyday life.


Rafael Schäfer


Lena Stamm

Lena Stamm (b. 1994, Rorschach CH) is a practicing architect. After her apprenticeship as a draftswoman in St.Gallen, she studied architecture at ETH Zürich and TU Delft, and graduated in Zurich at the chair of An Fonteyne. She has worked in different architecture offices in Switzerland, focusing on the topic of housing, and working with the existing. She joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology as a researcher in 2021, after already working there as a student assistant.


Basil Witt

Basil Witt (b. 1988, Zug CH) studied architecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and ETH Zürich, from which he graduated in 2015. From 2016 to 2018, he worked for Graser Troxler Architects in Zurich, where he was responsible for the refurbishment of the Tour de la Champagne in Biel. He is a founding member of Countdown 2030, an association advocating for a more sustainable building culture. In 2019 he founded his own architectural practice. He joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology in September 2021, where he works as a teaching assistant.


Joel Zimmerli

Joel Zimmerli (b. 1994, Bern CH) is a practicing architect based in Zurich. He studied architecture at ETH Zurich where he graduated at the Chair of Tom Emerson in 2021. He since collaborated with Studio TEN, a collective of architects, artists and researchers based in Zurich and Belgrade. During his studies, he worked in different offices, landscape architecture and architecture, to extend his interest in design and transformation as a multidisciplinary approach. He joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology as a research assistant in 2022.


Student Assistants: 

Vincenz Leuppi, Timo Bauer, Joël Cédric Fischer, Struzina Zoe, Inès Rausis, Yusuke Matsuzaki, Hibiki Masaki, Sho Sasaki


Former Assistants:

Hans Rufer, Tamotsu Ito, Diana Zenklusen, Oliver Brunhart, Alexander Bradley, Annamaria Bonzanigo

Former Student Assistants: 

Shohei Kunisawa, Sandrine Badoux, Arnaud Bostelmann, Itaru Matsumoto, Alessio De Gottardi, Tobias Wick, Yuma Aki, Clara Copiglia, Tanguy Caversaccio, Oliver Brunhart, Lena Stamm, Rodrigo Mendoza, Rémy Carron, Philipp Gmür, Haruhi Untersander, Matthias Burkhalter, Aude Sahli, Alessio Liambo, Christian Seiterle, Joël Mariéthod, Myriam Marti, Lara Aschwanden, Nicholas Schenk, Juliet Ishak, Ryutaro Matsushita, Anju Kato