Susanne Wettstein

Interview with Susanne Wettstein

by Alberto Franchini, Matteo Iannello, Nicola Navone

18th November 2019

Archivio del Moderno, Balerna

Susanne Wettstein was born in Sorengo (Canton Ticino) in 1940. She attended the Textilfachschule in Johannes Itten, but later enrolled at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), where she graduated in 1966. At the international seminar on Architecture and Urbanism in Urbino, organized by Columbia University in New York in 1968, she met Giancarlo De Carlo, with whom she established a long professional relationship. Before working permanently in De Carlo's office (since 1970) she was Paul Waltenspühl's assistant at the ETH (1966-1968), collaborator in Alberto Camenzind's Zurich studio (1966) and in the studio of Gino Valle and Herbert Ohl in Milan (1969). In Switzerland, throughout his career, she took part independently in numerous architecture competitions (many of which won) and carried out small assignments. In Italy she passed the state exam at the Politecnico di Milano in 1974 and worked not only with De Carlo, but also with Sandro Volta for public commissions at various scales.