Flora Ruchat-Roncati, a pioneer architect (1937-2012)

Flora Ruchat-Roncati, a Pioneer.

Flora Ruchat was a Swiss architect, representative of the “Ticino School”.

Flora Ruchat studied architecture at the ETHZ. Between 1962 and 1971 , she collaborated with Aurelio Galfetti and Ivo Trümpy  on important buildings in Ticino.

In 1971, she established her own studio FRR in Riva San Vitale in Ticino and worked from 1975 to 1985 in Rome.

She worked with various architects such as  Dolf Schnebli and Tobias Ammann (from 1991 as Schnebli Ammann Ruchat Architects and Partners AG in Zurich, from 1996 Schnebli Ammann Ruchat Menz Architekten AG in Zurich and Agno), and built an office complex  for the bank UBS in Manno at Lugano . Between 1989 and 1998 she designed in collaboration with Renato Salvi a few bridges and tunnel portals for the Jurassic «Transjurane» motorway.


In 1977 she taught architectural theory at the University of Reggio Calabria . She was a guest lecturer at the ETH Zurich (1978/80), Syracuse University (1980), Cornell University (1980), University of Florence (1982), Bouakademie / Amsterdam (1983), La Sapienza University and University of Rome (1979/2000). In 1985, she became professor at the Chair of Architecture and Design at the ETH Zurich, the first woman professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. She retired in 2002.

Flora Ruchat passed away the 24th october 2012.

Here an article in german on her.