WAYNE SWITZER studied architecture at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute graduating in 2007 and working for offices in Vienna (Fasch & Fuchs) and New York City (Roman & Williams, Selldorf Architects). In 2012, he relocated to Switzerland to train under the master craftsman Martin Rauch, a pioneer in the field of rammed-earthen construction. Here he played an integral role in groundbreaking projects such as the Ricola Herbal Center in Basel and the Swiss Bird Observatory in Sempach. From 2014-2016 he held a teaching position at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute (ETH Zürich) assisting honorary UNESCO chairs Anna Heringer and Martin Rauch. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the German University of Technology in Oman.
Wayne’s extensive experience throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa have informed an approach which is holistic yet contextually sensitive. He has lectured and served on juries at various academic institutions including EPFL Lausanne, TU München and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In addition, he continues to lead workshops internationally.


KAROLINA SWITZER earned her master’s degree in 2005 following studies in Poland and Germany.  Relocating to New York City she worked as a designer on various high-end residential and retail projects.  In 2012, together with Wayne Switzer, she conceived and built a project for a community in rural Ghana. Executed in rammed earth, the project catalyzed her interest in haptic materials and sustainable techniques of building.  After relocating to Switzerland in 2012, she worked in the office of Buchner Bründler Architects. In the summer of 2015, she joined Wayne Switzer in leading a student group in rural Tanzania overseeing the realisation of three earthen building projects.