Architectural Behaviorology

Oct. 02, 2017

The development of the modern technology and industry in the 20th century has constructed the barrier between our everyday life and the local resources such as nature, human skills, and their knowledge. Architectural Behaviorology is our architectural design methods, in which we focus on creating the better accessibility to such local resources. Through the lens of ethnographical network, we cultivate the local resources to rediscover unconscious and invisible relationships among them, and then activate them by proposing architectural design. The program under the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology has 6 themes in 6 years; ‘Window Behaviorology’ ‘Genealogy of Architectural Typology’ ‘Actor Network of Timber Construction’ ‘Urban-Rural Exchange’ ‘Urban Hybrid’ ‘Urban Commons,’ comparing between one theme in Japan and the same one in Switzerland/Europe each year.


Momoyo Kaijima,  Professor

Momoyo Kaijima (b.1969, Tokyo, Japan) 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.

Atelier Bow-Wow:


Yoshiharu Tsukamoto,  Advisor 

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (b.1965, Kanagawa, Japan) 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 an Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, then a Professor there since 2015. He has taught at Harvard GSD (2003, 2007, 2016). Also in 2007 and again in 2008 he was a visiting Associate Professor at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Atelier Bow-Wow:


Tamotsu Ito,  Assistant (studio/diploma/research) 

Tamotsu Ito (b.1985, Gifu, Japan) is a first-class registered architect in Japan.  He holds Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture from University of Tokyo in 2008, and Master in Architecture Ⅱ with a letter of commendation from Harvard GSD in 2016. He has worked for Ryuji Fujimura Architects and Coelacanth K&H Architects in Tokyo during 2008-2013, now has his own practice. He was an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia GSAPP in 2017, and since 2017 he has been an assistant at ETH Zurich, Chair of Architectural Behaviorology . He was an assistant curator of Japan Pavilion for Venice Architectural Biennale in 2018.

tamotsu ito architecture office:


Simona Ferrari,   Assistant (studio/research)

Simona Ferrari (b.1988, Luino, Italy) studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan (B.Arch., with honors), Technical University of Vienna, and Tokyo Institute of Technology (M.Eng.) as recipient of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship. She worked with Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo between 2014-17 completing several projects including the Research Library in Muharraq (Bahrain), the Japanese House Exhibition at MAXXI (Rome) and at MOMAT (Tokyo). Her writings have been published on AA Files, Japan Architect,Cartha, and Trans, among others. She joined the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich in 2017, assisting the curation of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2018).


Diana Zenklusen,  Assistant (studio/diploma)

Diana Zenklusen (b.1986, Brig, Switzerland) 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 critc 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 (studio/research)

Christoph Danuser (b. 1988, Chur, Switzerland) 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.

Christoph Danusers architecture office:


Grégoire Farquet,  Assistant (research)

Grégoire Farquet (b. 1983, Le Châble, Switzerland), has a bachelor at EPF Lausanne and a master degree in Architecture from ETH Zürich in 2014, where he graduated at Prof. Peter Märkli’s diploma class. During his study time he worked on several building transformations in Valais. He founded Farquet Architectes late 2015. The office is working on different scale projects with a focus on specificity and complexity. Grégoire is also regularly writing critic for swiss architectural reviews. Since February 2019, he is part of a 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 at ETH.


Former Assistants:

Hans Rufer (2017-2018, studio/research):