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. From 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.

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Yoshiharu Tsukamoto,  Advisor 

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (b. 1965, Kanagawa JP) studied architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology, graduating from his undergraduate degree in 1987. He travelled to Paris to be a guest student at L’Ecole d’Architecture de Belleville (UP 8) from 1987–88 and in 1994 he completed a Doctor of Engineering program at Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 2000 he became Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and has been Professor since 2015. He has taught at Harvard GSD (2003, 2007, 2016). In 2007 and 2008 he was a visiting Associate Professor at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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.


Diana Zenklusen,  Assistant

Diana Zenklusen (b. 1986, Brig CH) is an architect and urban designer. Since 2017 she is involved in research and teaching at Chair of Architectural Behaviorology. She was invited as a guest critic to various institutions. She studied architecture at the ETH Zurich and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. She worked in Zurich, Basel and in Shanghai at the office of David Chipperfield. After several years of experience as project manager of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich at the office of Christ & Gantenbein Architekten in Basel, she founded the firm Zenklusen Pfeiffer Architekten with Stephan Pfeiffer.

Zenklusen Pfeiffer Architekten:


Christoph Danuser,  Assistant

Christoph Danuser (b. 1988, Chur CH) is a swiss Architect. He studied architecture at ETH Zurich and the Tokyo Institute of Technology and graduated from ETH Zurich with a Master’s degree in 2015. From 2015 to 2018, Christoph worked as a project leader for BGS & Partner Architekten in Rapperswil and founded his own office in mid 2018. He has been an assistant at ETH Zurich, Chair of Architectural Behaviorology since September 2018.

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 at 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 Sàrl


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.


Student Assistants: 

Lena Stamm, Rodrigo Mendoza, Rémy Carron, Matthias Burkhalter


Former Assistants:

Hans Rufer, Tamotsu Ito

Former Student Assistants: 

Shohei Kunisawa, Sandrine Badoux, Arnaud Bostelmann, Itaru Matsumoto, Alessio De Gottardi, Tobias Wick, Yuma Aki, Clara Copiglia, Tanguy Caversaccio,  Oliver Brunhart