is a studio for architecture and design in Zurich, Switzerland. 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 and the implementation of green technology is a further key element. The studio was founded by Rafael Schmidt in 2008.
Rafael Schmidt 

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. In 2008, he founded RAFAA, an award winning studio for architecture and design based in Zurich. His art installation J `adore aglisia was shown at the 6th Berliner Kunstsalon.  Rafael Schmidt was a guest critic at the University of Kassel and the AA School in London. 

He is was teaching at the professorship for architecture and urban design under the chair of Prof. Marc Angélil at the ETH Zurich and was editor in chief of the publication Cities of Change, Addis Ababa (2009, Birkhäuser Verlag). In 2010 he was awarded with two Red Dot Design Awards and the Green Good Design Award 2012.

1996 - 2001



2002 - 2003


2005 - 2006


2006 - 2007

2008 - 2011          


since 2008            


University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt

Diploma in Architecture, Prof. Niklaus Kränzle

Internship at Randall Stout Architects , LA.

Avery Associates Architects, London

Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Foster and Partners, London

ETH Zurich,

Chair of CAAD Prof. Ludger Hovestadt

MAS ETH in Architecture

Isa Stürm Urs Wolf Architekten, Zurich

Projectleader, Kunst(Zeug)Haus

ETH Zurich, Prof. Marc Angélil

Scientific Assistant

RAFAA, Rafael Schmidt Architekten