Valerio Olgiati was born in Chur in 1958. He studied architecture from 1980 until 1986 at ETH Zürich and now works as an architect out of Flims. Since 2002, he is professor at he Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio and in fall 2009 held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University. He was awarded the Swiss Concrete Architecture Prize twice: in 2001 for Schulhaus Paspels and in 2009 for Atelier Bardill, the Nationalparkzentrum and Haus K+N. Valerio Olgiati is the son of Swiss architect Rudolf Olgiati.