Teaching / Practice

Jonathan Sergison

Interview by Irina Davidovici


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Since 2008, in addition to design work, British architect Jonathan Sergison has taught as professor of design and construction at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In an exhibition on the relationship between teaching and practice for the Sixteenth Venice Biennale, he shows how deeply connected these two passions are. This book presents Sergison’s reflections on the interplay between practice and teaching in architecture and the great significance he sees in combining both spheres.

Architecture, Catalogue, Education
Published to coincide with an exhibition at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Teaching / Practice takes the form of an interview on the interplay between these two fundamental aspects of Sergison’s practice, conducted by Irina Davidovici. The book also offers five essays by Sergison, in which he explores some of the central issues his work addresses. In A Teaching Position, he questions the level of ability students ought to have when graduating from architecture school. In Twenty-One Lessons Learnt, he discusses what he has learned from his practice over the first two decades. Reflections on the European Cityexplores an urban architecture of uniformity for a society of diversity, while Brutalism Remembered deals with the legacy of brutalism, and Re-use suggests an approach to an urban heritage shaped by the past.

Jonathan Sergison graduated from the Architectural Association in London 1989 and gained professional experience working for David Chipperfield and Tony Fretton before establishing Sergison Bates architects in 1996. He is also a professor of Architectural Design at the Academy of Architecture (Università della Svizzera intaliana) in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Irina Davidovici is an architect and senior research assistant at ETH Zurich’s Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta).


54 duotone, 34 b/w

148 pages, 88 illustrations
Hardback, 16x24 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9783038601135