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Udo Thönnissen practices as an architect and designer in Locarno and Zurich. He studied architecture at the RWTH in Aachen and the UIC in Barcelona. In his office he connects research and practice in architectural and design projects focussing on wood construction.
He taught and conducted research in the field of timber structures at the ETH Zurich. His special interest lies in reciprocal frameworks and he is author of the book RECIPROCAL FRAMEWORKS - TRADITION AND INNOVATION.
He was visiting professor at the Nanjing University in China, where he studied traditional Chinese and East Asian timber construction.
In 2018 he joined the Materials Hub at the ETH Zurich where he is responsible for wood based materials, fabrication and construction.
In the Materials Hub he created one of most extensive collections of traditional and contemporary wood joints in Europe and developed the exhibition WOOD JOINTS - EXPRESSION OF TECTONIC CULTURE.
He curated the current exhibition POTENTIAL HARDWOOD which reflects his growing interest in a more holistic approach in timber architecture.
He is a member of the editorial board at the online database Materialarchiv.
He has published various contributions in journals and books and has headed workshops at numerous architectural faculties in relation to research and design of wood construction and reciprocal structures.