RAFAA Architectural & Design Studio

Rafael Schmidt



RAFAA is a studio for architecture and design in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded by Rafael Schmidt in 2007, the studio critically analyses the contemporary architectural discourse and combines the insights gained with creative inventions, new technologies and design by research. The collaboration with different artists such as photographers, composers or curators is a further key element.



Born on 04 March 1976 in Tichau, Rafael Schmidt studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt and achieved a master's degree in architecture at the ETH Zurich, department of Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) under the chair of Prof. Ludger Hovestadt. Since 2001, he has been working with different international architects such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster & Partners.

Solar City Tower

Currently, he is teaching at the professorship for architecture and urban design under the chair of Prof. Marc Angélil at the ETH Zurich and is editor in chief of the publication Cities of Change, Addis Ababa (2009, Birkhäuser Verlag).

Selected projects

Some of the prestigious projects of RAFAA are Danish Dermatological Development, Frankfurt, Solar City Tower, Rio de Janeiro, Residence, Langstrasse, Zurich, New Bike Share System, Copenhagen, Memorial, Atlantic City etc.

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