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Annette Helle

Annette Helle is serving as the fall 2022 Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture in the Sam Fox School. Born and raised in Oslo, she is an architecture graduate of ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, in 1992.

In 2001 she founded HELLE ARCHITEKTUR ( in Zurich. Her office is primarly concerned with residential projects of various scales. These include private commissions for new buildings and conversions as well as projects for cooperative housing developments resulting from competition successes.

Since 2010 she has been professor of design and construction at FHNW, University of Applied Sciences, in Basel. Her teaching includes theoretical topics and architectural concepts of urban design, typologies and constructions, with an emphasis on sustainability. From 2019 to 2022 she was the head of the Institute of Architecture.

Concrete building with a grey wood-paneled facade on a hillside.

Lurhaus von Sprecher, 2005

Conversion and extension of wineyard Lurhaus von Sprecher, Maienfeld, 2005
Multi-story modern storefront and residential building with full-front windows and a rooftop balcony.

Gertrudstrasse, 2008/2012

Transformation of residential and commercial building Gertrudstrasse, Zürich, 2008/2012
Concrete hallway and stairwell with iridescent green wall paint and recessed lighting.

Holberg, 2016

Construction of housing estate Holberg, Kloten, 2016
Six views of an interior residential space demonstrating door and wall panels being opened and folded back.

Obmatt, 2016

Construction of semi-detached house Obmatt, Adligenswil, 2016
Concrete balcony with metal and chain link railings and a green curtain. Floor to ceiling windows form the back wall of the balcony.

Elestastrasse, 2019

Construction of multi-family houses Elestastrasse, Bad Ragaz, 2019
Concrete and stucco facade of a multi-story apartment building with curtained balconies.

Alderstrasse, 2021

Reconstruction of multi-family house Alderstrasse, Zürich, 2021