Florian Sauter

Florian Sauter is an Austrian architect and theoretician. Together with Charlotte von Moos, Sauter is the cofounder of the architectural practice Sauter von Moos based in Basel, Switzerland and Miami. The studio engages in work on all scales, both in theory and practice. Sauter is the coeditor of Earth Water Air Fire: The Four Elements and Architecture and the author of Painting the Sky Black: Louis Kahn and the Architectonization of Nature.

Sauter holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he taught for many years. Sauter was a visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich and workshop leader at Porto Academy, held at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. In addition to Cornell, Sauter also teaches at the University of Miami.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Adaptive reuse
  • Architectural design
  • Architectural practice¬†
  • Architectural theory
  • Collaborative practice
  • Historic preservation planning
  • Housing
  • Installation art
  • Sustainability

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3308/6308 Fragments - Contemporary Architectural ConditionsThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Prix Lignum (2015)
  • Swiss Architecture Award (2015)
  • Research Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation (2007–10)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Readymades Belong to Everyone, Swiss Institute, New York City (2018)
  • Make New History, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017)
  • Book for Architects, gta Exhibitions, ETH Zurich (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • “Elemental Lessons,” Fundamental Acts (Milano, 2016)
  • “Mettre la nature en oeuvre,” Doxa (Istanbul, 2014)
  • “When Light Paints,” Expression (Zurich, 2012)