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,  Professor

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:


Simona Ferrari,  Assistant

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.


Christoph Danuser,  Assistant

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:


Grégoire Farquet,  Assistant

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:


Tazuru Harada,  Assistant

Tazuru Harada (b. 1990, Hiroshima 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 product design and innovation at École nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers in Paris (M.ScRes.) as a member of the Young Ambassador Program by MEXT. During 2019-2020, she worked for mosbach paysagistes in Paris assisting several international projects. She joined Chair of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich in 2020.


Sandrine Badoux,  Assistant

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.


Alexander Bradley,  Assistant

Alexander Bradley (b.1990, Lausanne CH) is passionate about hands-on working, prototyping and reflecting within the realms of ecology and society: vivre ensemble. Independently active from within his company hyphen, his projects focus on urban interventions, small-scale and communal living projects, ecological concepts and participative formats, though his curiosity often leads him to explore new paths. Alex studied architecture at all three Swiss universities while finally graduating with esteemed Prof. Tom Emerson at the ETH Zürich. In his free time, he is passionate about bicycles, wood structures, permaculture, and finding low-tech solutions for everyday life. Since September 2021, he has joined the chair of Architectural Behaviorology where he works as a researcher assistant.



Tanguy Caversaccio,  Assistant

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.


Kelly Man,  Assistant


Lena Stamm,  Assistant

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,  Assistant


Oliver Brunhart, Assistant

Oliver Brunhart (b. 1995, Grabs CH) studied architecture at ETH Zurich, where he graduated with Professor Momoyo Kaijima in 2021. In the master program, he studied for one semester abroad at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Between his studies, he gained experiences as a carpenter and as an architect in different offices in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Oliver worked as a help assistant beside his master program in the chair of Architectural Behaviorology and since September 2021, he works as a research assistant.


Student Assistants: 

Matthias Burkhalter, Aude Sahli, Alessio Liambo, Christian Seiterle, Joël Mariéthod, Myriam Marti, Lara Aschwanden, Nicholas Schenk, Vincenz Leuppi


Former Assistants:

Hans Rufer, Tamotsu Ito, Diana Zenklusen

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