Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid

ETH Zürich
Depar­te­ment Archi­tek­tur
HIL E 64.2
Ste­fa­no-Fran­sci­ni-Platz 5
8093 Zürich Hönggerberg

Tel.: +41 44 633 32 53

Chris­ti­an Schmid is geo­grapher, socio­lo­gist and urban rese­ar­cher. He is Titu­lar Pro­fes­sor of Socio­lo­gy at the Depart­ment of Archi­tec­tu­re, ETH Zurich, and Rese­ar­cher at ETH Stu­dio Basel / Con­tem­po­ra­ry City Institute.

Chris­ti­an Schmid was born in Zurich in 1958 and stu­di­ed Geo­gra­phy and Socio­lo­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich. Sin­ce 1980, he has been acti­ve as video acti­vist, orga­ni­zer of cul­tu­ral events and urban rese­ar­cher. He was part of the group Ssen­ter for Appli­ed Urba­nism (SAU), and work­ed in the Rote Fabrik cul­tu­ral cent­re in Zurich. He has aut­ho­red, co-aut­ho­red, and co-edi­ted num­e­rous publi­ca­ti­ons on Zurich’s urban deve­lo­p­ment, on inter­na­tio­nal com­pa­ra­ti­ve ana­ly­sis of urba­niza­ti­on, and on theo­ries of the city and of space. In 1991, he was a cofoun­der of the Inter­na­tio­nal Net­work for Urban Rese­arch and Action (INURA). In 1993–94, he was a fel­low rese­ar­cher at the Labo­ra­toire de Géo­gra­phie Urbai­ne, Uni­ver­si­té Paris X Nan­terre, and in 1995–96 he work­ed in the inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry rese­arch pro­ject La ville: vil­les de cri­se ou cri­se des vil­les, Insti­tut d’Architecture, Uni­ver­si­té de Genè­ve. From 1997–2001 he was an assistant lec­tu­rer for eco­no­mic geo­gra­phy and regio­nal rese­arch at the Geo­gra­phy Depart­ment of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bern. In 2003, he recei­ved his Ph.D. from the Fried­rich Schil­ler Uni­ver­si­ty in Jena. The book with the title Stadt, Raum und Gesell­schaft – Hen­ri Lefeb­v­re und die Theo­rie der Pro­duk­ti­on des Rau­mes (City, space and socie­ty – Hen­ri Lefeb­v­re and the theo­ry of the pro­duc­tion of space) was published in 2005. In 1999, he beca­me the sci­en­ti­fic direc­tor of the pro­ject Switz­er­land: An Urban Por­trait at the ETH Stu­dio Basel. A book with the same title was published in 2005, aut­ho­red by Roger Die­ner, Jac­ques Her­zog, Mar­cel Mei­li, Pierre de Meu­ron and Chris­ti­an Schmid. Sin­ce 2001, he has been a lec­tu­rer in Socio­lo­gy at the Facul­ty of Archi­tec­tu­re of ETH Zurich. Sin­ce 2009 he has been Titu­lar Pro­fes­sor at the Facul­ty of Archi­tec­tu­re of ETH Zurich.

Chris­ti­an Schmid: cur­ri­cu­lum vitae

Chris­ti­an Schmid: publications