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Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

25 June - 2 July 2016



Public spaces experienced a rapid transformation in term of function in recent years. Public open spaces under the pressure of capital and privatization were seen by many as an opportunity for profit.The theme set by HHF, “Soft Spaces”, will reexamine public spaces and the role of urban voids. Students will be invited to generate frameworks for possible activities and utilization of public space and to check the possibility of transformation of urban voids into spaces that positively contribute to urban core. Ohrid, as a city which experienced such a transformation, is ideal setting for the workshop theme.


Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann & Simon Frommenwiler , HHF Architects / Basel, Switzerland /

HHF Architects was founded in 2003 by Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann and Simon Frommen¬wiler. Since then, HHF Architects have realized numerous projects in Switzerland, Germany, China, France, Mexico and the USA. The scope of work ranges from urbanism and large-scale construction to public pavilions and interior design. From the beginning HHF was looking for collaborations with other architects and artists in order to widen its view on projects and enrich the quality of specific proposals. In this context, worldwide perceived group projects such as “Ruta del Peregrino” and the fruitful collaboration with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei emerged. In addition to building, teaching is an important activity of the office. The principals of HHF were visiting professors at the University of Innsbruck and guest lecturers at the UIA in Mexico City and at MIT in Boston. They participated also as jury members at numerous universities. From 2009 – 2011 Simon Hartmann was professor at the HTA in Fribourg, Switzerland. Since 2011 he is professor at the Joint Master of Architecture in Fribourg. 2014 he is teaching as a deputy professor at the University of Karlsruhe. Simon Frommenwiler was a visiting professor from 2011 – 2013 at ENSA Strasbourg, where he is an associate professor since 2013. 2014 he is teaching as a lecturer at MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge. HHF has been honored with numerous national and international awards. HHF won very re¬cently the gold award 2015 in Housing category at the Swiss Architecture Awards. HHF where invited to the 13th and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and honored with the Wallpaper Design Award. In 2013 HHF where winning the important German “Häuser des Jahres” Award, a Berlin Architecture Award, and where honored for the best new building by the Basel Heritage Protection. 2015 HHF where honored with the Swiss Architecture Award

Tilo Herlach 1972 born in Zurich, Switzerland | 1992 – 1998 studies at ETH Zurich and ETH Lausanne | 1998 – 2003 collaboration with d-company and Rolf Furrer Architekten | 2003 founding HHF Architects | Since 2006 member of the “Board for Urban Planning and Architecture SIA Basel” | 2007 board member Berlin Chamber of Architects | Since 2010 BSA member | 2011 visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck.

Simon Hartmann1974 born in Bern, Switzerland | 1994 – 2000 studies at ETH Lausanne, TU Berlin and ETH Zurich | 2000 – 2003 collaboration with Rolf Furrer Architekten | 2002 – 2007 teaching assistant ETH Studio Basel | 2003 founding of HHF Architects | 2009 – 2011 professor HTA Fribourg | Since 2010 BSA member | 2011 visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck | Since 2011 professor at the the Joint Master of Architecture, Fribourg | 2014 Deputy professor at University of Karlsruhe.

Simon Frommenwiler1972 born in London, UK | 1994 – 2000 studies at ETH Zurich | 1997 – 2003 collaborations with Bearth & Deplazes and Skidmore Owings & Merrill | 2003 founding HHF Architects | 2005 – 2007 teaching assistant at ETH Lausanne | Since 2010 BSA member | 2011 visiting professor at HTA Fribourg | 2011 – 2013 visiting professor at the ENSA Strasbourg | Since 2013 associate professor at ENSA Strasbourg | 2014 Lecturer at MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge.


Ohrid (Macedonian: Охрид) is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth largest city in the country with over 42,000 inhabitants. It is located southwest of Skopje, close to the border with Albania.

Ohrid and its historic-cultural region are located in a natural setting of exceptional beauty, while town's architecture represents, with its old typical streets and houses and its particular atmosphere around old squares, the best preserved and most complete ensemble of ancient urban architecture of this part of Europe. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Today Ohrid and Lake Ohrid, are a leading tourist center in Macedonia. Since 1979 Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The international summer school of architecture and design will take place in the premises of the Ohrid high school “St. Clement of Ohrid”. The four floor building, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is located in the center of the city. The building is fully renovated at the end of the 20th century.


Students who have completed their sixth semester of architecture/design studies.


Along with the application form, applicants should submit a max. 5 A4 pages Portfolio + CV (including photo) in pdf format to the following e-mail address:
Portfolios should be designed and formatted for on-screen viewing. Maximum file size is 3 MB.
The application deadline is 3 June 2016. Selected participants will be notified before 6 June 2016 by e-mail.

Upon completion of the summer school, a certificate + 2 ECTS will be awarded.

Please note that places are limited!


Participation fee for the Summer School is 200 euros per participant, which includes workshop, accommodation, meals and transportation Skopje – Ohrid – Skopje. Students need to bring their own laptop computers.


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Programme director
Vladimir Deskov

Summer school coordinator
Elena Pazardzievska

Links and downloads

Application form (.docx)

In Partnership with

Ohrid Municipality

National Institution for Protection of Monuments of Culture and Museum - Ohrid

Ohrid summer festival