Architectural Association Mark Cousins Annual Lecture
21 October 2022
Bernard Tschumi returns to the AA in London to deliver the inaugural Mark Cousins Annual Lecture. This newly established event commemorates the legacy of Mark Cousins, the school’s influential history and theory tutor. The talk reflects on the role of history as interpreted by historians and architects within architectural education along with issues of context in the firm’s projects. For more info:
Contextualizing Concepts at the University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design
31 August 2022
Bernard Tschumi delivered the opening lecture of the Fall 2022 semester at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. The talk, “Contextualizing Concepts,” explored several of the office’s projects via the lens of context and how an architectural concept can be both derived from and materialized through a particular site.

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Lecture on Site-Specific Concepts in Beirut
26 May 2022
Bernard Tschumi delivered a public video lecture on Site-Specific Concepts for the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Université de Balamand. The presentation focused on the juxtaposition and dialogue between the old and new, and how contextual constraints can lead to architectural invention.
Talk for Dallas Architecture Forum
20 January 2022
As part of the Dallas Architecture Forum’s lecture series, Bernard Tschumi presents old and new projects.
Bernard Tschumi lecture for Mextrópoli Festival
11 September 2021
On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Bernard Tschumi delivers a virtual talk for the 2021 Mextrópoli Festival of Architecture and the City in Mexico City. The presentation includes, among other things, the office’s counter-project for Ground Zero, The Tri-Towers of Babel (2002) and issues of context.

To watch the lecture (with a conversation with architect Enrique Norten and Miquel Adrià, organizer), visit:
Bernard Tschumi “live” in October 2020
01 October 2020
Conversation with Enrique Walker on The Manhattan Transcripts.

Lecture on heritage and museums.
The Instagram Lectures
23 February 2020
Bernard Tschumi delivers the first Instagram Lecture at VIRGINIA TECH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN.
Tschumi: A new museum in China?
27 August 2019
On August 27, 2019, Bernard Tschumi gave a lecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing and presented an early view of his latest design for an archaeological museum in Yinxu, together with an exhibition of selected projects.
The Acropolis Museum celebrates 10-year anniversary
20 June 2019
The Acropolis Museum’s anniversary coincides with the opening to the public of the 4,000-square meter archeological excavation of an ancient Athenian neighborhood, a major part underneath the building designed by Bernard Tschumi and his team. Celebrations include an orchestral concert by the composer Stavros Xarchakos, a photographic exhibition showing the marble craftsmen and their conservation of Greek monuments, and a lecture by Giovanni Verri on the polychromy of the Parthenon sculptures. Since its inauguration in 2009, the museum has welcomed over 14 million visitors.
Counter-tour: Bernard Tschumi’s Cut
31 January 2019
Bernard Tschumi presents an alternative reading of the exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths, curated by Sylvia Lavin, through a counter-tour. Counter-tours propose critical, subversive, and alternative visions of an exhibition through encounters with the perspectives of special guests who are equipped with a projector to digitally add objects and a black cloth to remove existing objects from the galleries.
Bernard Tschumi live in October 2018
09 October 2018
Bernard Tschumi gives two presentations this month about his work.

Ocotber 10, 2018: Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, (Paris)
Premiere of a new 25-minute film featuring Bernard Tschumi and Le Fresnoy, by filmmaker Alain Fleischer.

October 11, 2018: Rolex Forum, EPFL (Lausanne)
Lecture on "Tabula Rasa/Genius Loci".
Parc de la Villette honors 35th anniversary with celebrations in Paris
03 April 2018
The 35th anniversary of the designation of Bernard Tschumi as winner over 472 other contestants in the historic competition for the Parc de la Villette was celebrated in Paris on 24-25 March 2018. Tschumi’s 1983 victory in the second stage of the competition, which inaugurated a series of Grand Projet building projects by the French government, resulted in an “urban park for the 21st Century” that is now world-famous. Today, the Parc de la Villette welcomes over 10 million visitors annually.

Installation for Pompeii and the Greeks by Bernard Tschumi
26 April 2017
On April 11, 2017, Bernard Tschumi Architects opened a redesigned exhibition gallery in the large palaestra of the archaeological excavations of the Pompeii ruins in Italy. The installation for the exhibition, also designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, celebrates the interaction between Ancient Greek and Roman art in the Pompeii region through a sequence of seven rooms, each in a different color.
Advertisements for Architecture by Bernard Tschumi in Barcelona
21 October 2016
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona is exhibiting Bernard Tschumi’s 1976-78 Advertisements for Architecture in 1000m2 of Desire, a major exhibition on architecture and sexuality.
Forthcoming: Bernard Tschumi Architects Retrospective Exhibition in Shanghai
29 January 2016
On March 12, 2016, Bernard Tschumi/Architecture: Concept and Notation, the retrospective exhibition, will open at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China. Featuring more than 35 projects, both built and unbuilt, the 10,000-square-foot display includes recent Chinese projects and a Chinese-language catalogue. The exhibition will remain open until June 19. The retrospective was first shown at Paris’s Centre Georges Pompidou in Spring-Summer 2014, and then at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Switzerland in Spring-Summer 2015.
Eight Talks by Tschumi
25 January 2016
Bernard Tschumi will be giving the following talks in early 2016:

March 12, 2016: Power Station of Art (Shanghai)
March 17, 2016: Design for Tianjin Academic Forum (Tianjin)
March 30, 2016: Rio Salado Foundation Lecture, Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ)
April 25, 2016: Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels)

Other recent lectures:

October 17, 2015: Monterey Design Conference (Monterey, CA)
November 4, 2015: Cornell College of Art, Architecture and Plannning (Ithaca, NY)
November 14, 2015: Roland Barthes Colloquium, Collège de France (Paris)
December 6, 2015: Colloquium « Représenter l’Irreprésentable », Passage de Retz (Paris)
Tschumi Pavilion Celebrates 25th Anniversary
23 September 2015
On Saturday, September 26th, Bernard Tschumi will visit Groningen, The Netherlands to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tschumi Pavilion. Originally designed in 1990 as a temporary structure for “What a Wonderful World,” a local art and architecture festival, the popular pavilion has become an important forum for the city, hosting a series of site-specific installations by contemporary artists.

Image: Shift Architecture Urbanism/René de Wit
Seven Talks by Tschumi
22 January 2015
After SciArc in Los Angeles and The Architectural League in New York this past fall, Bernard Tschumi will give five talks at the beginning of 2015 on Concept and Notation:

January 23: University of North Carolina, Charlotte
February 25: Princeton University, Princeton
February 27: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
March 27: Washington University in St. Louis
April 24: Brown University, New Providence

Tschumi will also give the following talks:

February 4: Paris, Cité de l’Architecture, Transformations
March 9: London, Royal Academy (avec Jacques Gubler), sur Jean Tschumi
Le Rosey Opening
25 August 2014
Carnal Hall, the new concert venue and center for art and culture at Le Rosey, the prestigious Swiss boarding school, will open in an inaugural performance on October 2, 2014, in Rolle. Tschumi’s design for the project consists of a low stainless steel dome over a rectangular wood concert hall and is a strikingly contemporary addition to the historical campus.
New Hague Passage
10 August 2014
Opening the 18th of September 2014, the New Hague Passage, to be called De Passage in Dutch, is Bernard Tschumi Architects’ first built project in the Hague. The new building is built around an interior passage, which connects to the 19th century passage at the north end, and the busy Grotemarkstraat at the South. The complex contains a hotel and retail shopping on two levels in an 11,500 square-meter complex. The building’s distinctive blue and white tiles and free-form fenestration create a contemporary expression that mediates between old and new in the historic city.
Pompidou Exhibition Catalogue
17 April 2014
Bernard Tschumi’s work will be documented in a comprehensive exhibition catalogue, published in French and in English by the Centre Pompidou in conjunction with Tschumi’s solo show this spring. The 256-page volume features essays, projects, texts, and historical and archival material, and is the first major monograph on Tschumi’s work to be published in France. The book is set to be released on April 23rd, and preorders can be made here. From the publisher:

“Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the work of Bernard Tschumi at the Centre Pompidou, this catalogue retraces key moments in the architect’s practice. Abundantly illustrated, it argues two fundamental points at the center of Tschumi’s work. First, architecture must be made out of ideas and concepts before becoming form. Second, it cannot be dissociated from the events and movement of the bodies that inhabit it. In consequence, architecture demands new modes of notation to construct an architectural language capable of embodying the interactions between space, event, and movement."
ACSA Keynote Address in Miami
12 April 2014
Bernard Tschumi delivers one of two keynote addresses (with Zaha Hadid) at the 102nd Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting. Tschumi’s talk was held on the upper level of 1111 Lincoln Road, the parking garage by Herzog & De Meuron in Miami Beach, Florida, followed by a reception. At the event, Mr. Tschumi received the Gold Medal Award from Tau Sigma Delta honor society for architecture.
Opening of the Zoo
27 March 2014
After being closed for five years, the renovated and re-imagined Zoo de Vincennes in Paris will open on April 12. With buildings designed by Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes with Véronique Descharrières, the completely transformed zoo will house animals from French-speaking territories divided into five different biozones designed by Atelier Jacqueline Osty and Partners. The focus of the redesign puts greater emphasis on natural habitat, so as to provide a better platform for the zoo’s pedagogical and ecological agenda.
Centre Pompidou Exhibition Announced
12 March 2014
Following exhibitions devoted to the work of Jean Nouvel, Thom Mayne, Richard Rogers, and Dominique Perrault, the Centre Pompidou will host the first major European retrospective of the architect and theorist Bernard Tschumi. The exhibition, which opens to the public on April 30th and runs through July 28th, showcases some three hundred and fifty drawings, sketches, collages, and models, many of them never shown previously. The installation designed by the architect also features archival documents and films. On view will be over thirty projects in Europe, the United States, China, and the Middle East, including the new Parc Zoologique de Paris, scheduled for inauguration shortly before the exhibition opens. more
Symposium at Yale
21 February 2014
Bernard Tschumi participates in a symposium at the Yale School of Architecture, titled Digital Post-Modernities: From Calculus to Computation. Tschumi lectures on modes of notation and paperless studios and the digital transition that happened during the 1990s at Columbia and elsewhere. Other symposium participants included Greg Lynn, Peter Eisenman, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Charles Jencks, and Frédéric Mirgaryou.
MAAXI Lecture for Anima
07 February 2014
Bernard Tschumi lectures at the MAAXI in Rome about the ANIMA cultural center planned for Grottammare, his first commission in Italy.
AIA Lecture Richmond
07 November 2013
Bernard Tschumi Delivers the keynote lecture at the Architecture Exchange East in Richmond, Virginia sponsored by the Virginia Society AIA.
Chronomanifestes Exhibition Opens in Toulouse
27 September 2013
Part of the program commemorating its 30th anniversary, the FRAC Centre invited Bernard Tschumi to design an exhibition from the museum collections, presented at the FRAC Abattoirs in Toulouse in fall 2013 and the FRAC Centre in Orléans starting in May 2014.

Designed by Bernard Tschumi as a series of manifestos on the city and the radical architecture of our time, the exhibition and its catalog start with a simple observation: there can be no architecture without a concept or overarching idea that drives it: architecture is the materialization of concepts. Each of the artists presented presents at one point a clear concept, a vision of the city and architecture today. Concept precedes form.
Zoo to Open in One Year
14 May 2013
The committee behind the redesign and reconstruction of the Paris Zoo announce that the work will be complete in exactly 1 year. A ceremonial event was held on May 14, 2013 for press and dignitaries.
Bernard Tschumi and Thom Mayne
10 May 2013
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, Everything Loose Will Land at the MAK Center, located in the historic Schindler House and Studio in Los Angeles, Bernard Tschumi and Thom Mayne engaged in a debate moderated by Sylvia Lavin drawing on themes from the exhibition, discusssing the historical influences of art and architecture since the 1970s in Los Angeles and in their respective work.
Bernard Tschumi at MoMA
01 April 2013
Currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, are the following works by Bernard Tschumi:

9+1 Ways of Being Political

The Manhattan Transcripts, excerpts 1976-81
Le Fresnoy Cinematic Trusses 1992

Deconstructivist Architecture: 25 Years Later

Parc de la Villette models and drawings 1982-1986
Bernard Tschumi lectures at Harvard and the AA
28 March 2013
Bernard Tschumi will lecture on his new book at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 28 and at the Architectural Association in London on April 24, 2013.
The Ruins of Modernity
07 February 2013
Bernard Tschumi participates in a panel discussion, The Ruins of Modernity, at NYU’s Kimmel Center with Peter Eisenman, Reinhold Martin, and Joan Ockman.
Deconstructivism at MoMA
22 January 2013
Bernard Tschumi and Peter Eisenman look back at some of the misconceptions around Deconstructivism in honor of the 25th anniversary of MoMA’s seminal exhibition in 1988 with Mark Wigley and Barry Bergdoll, followed by a book signing in MoMA’s Lauder Lobby.
Architecture Books Discussion at Columbia University
29 November 2012
A conversation about architecture books will be hosted at Columbia’s GSAPP on November 29th at 6:30pm. Bernard Tschumi will be discussing his recent book, Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color with Alejandro Zaera-Polo, whose own book, The Sniper’s Log, is also being released this fall. The event will be held at Wood Auditorium in Columbia’s Avery Hall.
Bernard Tschumi at FIAF
14 November 2012
A discussion with Bernard Tschumi is to be hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and moderated by Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Décor magazine. The talk will be held at FIAF’s Tinker Auditorium, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue) on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the FIAF website. A book signing will follow the discussion.
Derrida Conference Opens
25 October 2012
AoD Architecture of Disjunction: The Specter of Jacques Derrida, an International Scientific Conference organized by the University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture, is held in Serbia from the 25th to the 27th of October. Participants include Bernard Tschumi, Peter Eisenman, Mark Wigley, Jeffrey Kipnis, Catherine Ingraham, Ljiljana Blagojević, Marguerite Derrida, and others.
Common Ground
07 June 2012
Bernard Tschumi exhibits four new panels based on his Advertisements for Architecture series from 1976 as part of the Common Ground exhibition at the Venice Biennale, curated by David Chipperfield. The new panels show a series of diptychs with slogans that relate to issues on contemporary architectural practice.
Jean Tschumi Remembered
23 May 2012
The work of Jean Tschumi (1904-1962) is celebrated in Orleans, France. An exhibition prepared by Jacques Gubler and curated by Elke Mittmann opens at the Maison de l’Architecture in Orleans, with a lecture by Jacques Gubler at the Orleans Mediatheque. A colloquium on the preservation of 20th century architecture will take place on June 12, moderated by Richard Scoffier with Dominique Lyon, Francis Soler, Bernard Tschumi and Docomomo activist Agnes Cailliau; it will discuss possible scenarios of reuse of Jean Tschumi’s first building, the Sandoz Laboratories in Orleans (1948-1953).
Concept and Material
09 April 2012
Bernard Tschumi lectures at IIT in Chicago on the subject of Concept and Material in Architecture.
Red/Read Storefront Benefit
29 March 2012
Bernard Tschumi and Barbara Kruger are honored as part of the annual spring benefit for Storefront for Art and Architecture featuring a silent auction of artworks held in the historic lobby of the Woolworth Building. The evening also featured a performance on the roof, which was lit with red lights for the occasion.
Alésia Museum First Phase Inauguration
19 March 2012
Part of a museum complex designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, a new interpretive center on the site of the historic Battle of Alésia will open in a formal ceremony on March 22, 2012. Located in Burgundy, France, the building marks the position of the Roman army, under Julius Caesar, and its encampment surrounding the Gauls under Vercingetorix in 52 B.C. The building will be open to the public starting on March 26th. more
Recent Lectures
01 December 2011
Bernard Tschumi lectured in October in Aachen, Germany, at the “rethinking Mies” conference on the occasion of the architect’s 125th birthday. Other recent talks include a symposium at Columbia University, New York, titled “What Happened to the Architectural Manifesto” and a lecture at the “Image de Ville” Conference at the Cité de l’architecture & du Patrimoine on the subject of “The Street,” both in November.
Upcoming Exhibitions
28 November 2011
The Acropolis Museum by Bernard Tschumi Architects will be featured as a part an exhibition of the Mies Foundation 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture selections in London, at the Roca Gallery from November 28 to January 27, 2012. BTA’s competition entry for the EDF Saclay Research headquarters was also featured in an exhibition in Paris at the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine during November. On January 25, 2012, Bernard Tschumi Architects will show for the first time in the US their project for the Carnal Hall Concert Center in Rolle, near Geneva, Switzerland, at the Biennial of the National Academy of Design, in New York City.
Bernard Tschumi Lectures in Athens on the Acropolis Museum
21 May 2011
Bernard Tschumi delivers a lecture on the design and construction of the Acropolis Museum in a colloquium at the Benaki Museum in Athens.
Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi in Conversation
18 May 2011
Bernard Tschumi speaks in conversation with Rem Koolhaas at his alma-mater, the ETH in Zurich, on recent developments in architecture, concepts and theory vs. practice, and globalization.
Glass Video Gallery 20th Anniversary
03 December 2010
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his Glass Video Gallery, Bernard Tschumi lectures at the Forum Images Hereplein in Groningen in the Netherlands, just across from the repurposed gallery, on the materialization of concepts in architecture. The Pavilion, originally intended to display video art, was built in 1990 as a part of the exhibition “What a Wonderful World” featuring public architecture installations by Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman, and Coop Himmelblau. The Gallery, since renamed the Tschumipaviljoen, has become a part of the permanent collection of the Groninger Museum, and is now a venue for contemporary art installations. Visit Site.
Vision for Chile’s Third Century at the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art
23 October 2010
23 October, 2010, Santiago, Chile. Bernard Tschumi Architects unveiled a proposal for the city of Santiago as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art titled “SCL-2110”, exploring the potential for the urban landscape of the city in the coming century. Other participants include LOT-EK, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Roselee Goldberg and Vito Acconci, among other national and international contributors. The exhibition was organized and curated by Chilean architect and academic Rodrigo Tisi. more
Event-Cities 4 Book Launch
17 October 2010
The official book launch of Event-Cities 4 will be at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York on November 12th, featuring a conversation between Peter Cook and Bernard Tschumi.
Import/Export: Bernard Tschumi lectures on Architecture and Cinema
14 October 2010
Tschumi lectures on the topic of “Architecture et Cinema” at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris-Malaquais, in Paris.
Event-Cities 4 Book Release at SCI-Arc
06 October 2010
Bernard Tschumi launches Event-Cities 4 on the west coast on the occasion of his lecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).
Legion of Honor
07 July 2010
The Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand awarded Bernard Tschumi the Legion of Honor at the rank of Officer in a ceremony at the Ministry in Paris, France.
Architecture Festival, Rome
10 June 2010
Tschumi lectures on current works, including the New Acropolis Museum as part of the Architecture Festival at MAXXI (The National Museum for 21st Century Art).
Exhibition of Early Works in Paris
07 June 2010
“Archi & BD” (Architecture and Comics – the City, Illustrated) presents to a large audience relations between architecture and comic strips. Among works exhibited are one excerpt from the Manhattan Transcripts and one Advertisement for Architecture by Bernard Tschumi. June through November at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris.
Public and Private, New York
18 May 2010
Bernard Tschumi and Thom Mayne present recent work on the subject of public and private at the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation Forum at the McGraw Hill Auditorium. Robert Campbell moderates.
Contemplating the Void
12 February 2010
Bernard Tschumi and 200 other architects were invited to present works that interpret and celebrate the architecture of the Guggenheim’s central gallery on the occasion of the Museum’s 50th anniversary. Selections will be on view in an exhibition titled “Contemplating the Void: Interventions at the Guggenheim Museum” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 12 to April 28, 2010.
New Acropolis Museum Opens
20 June 2009
The New Acropolis Museum opens in a formal ceremony for dignitaries and VIPs.
New Acropolis Museum to Open
01 February 2009
The new Acropolis Museum will open in an invitation-only formal ceremony for world leaders, dignitaries, and special guests on June 20th. A press preview will be held on June 19th. The museum will open to the general public for the first time on Sunday, June 21st, allowing visitors to see the full collection of the Acropolis treasures in one location.