Born 1966 in Bern. Education in architecture at the ETH Zurich, diploma 1994. Since 1995 privately employed, Atelier Guy Lafranchi Bern. Since 1995, collaboration with Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Since 2006 Director of RIEA.ch, Bern (Research Institute for Experimental Architecture). Since 2006 Professor of Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Bern, specializing in design and innovation processes.
Glad Ltd. (Guy Lafranchi Applied Design), since 2010, is an internationally active architecture and design studio based in Bern, Switzerland, a design consulting platform for planning, architecture and design processes as well as design communication. Glad Ltd is "Part of Mic.mind.set", a cooperation with fsp architects focusing on the digital chain (design, planning, execution and operation), Guy Lafranchi as an expert in the field of design processes and workshops in the strategic phases.
Since 2012, Co-Head of international Master Studio ELOP (Environmental Learning and Operative Platform) together with partner universities Tec Monterrey Mexico, Bangor University Wales, Stanford University USA, Politecnico Milano Italy, Cologne University of Applied Sciences Germany, Bauhaus Weimar Germany, HEPIA Geneva Switzerland.
Since 2011, Guy Lafranchi has been a cooperative member of the partner company Umbra Architektur, focusing on conversions and new buildings as well as shop design.
Since 2016 Guy Lafranchi is VRP of the company JUST BE Innovation AG which aims at the operation as well as the development in the hotel and gastronomy sector, furthermore she is owner of the Boutique Hotel Justbeandb in Sicily JUST BE
In addition to numerous publications in magazines and periodicals, the following monographs were published: "Archonpoison" (1999, SpringerWienNewYork), "Prisoners of Museum" (2001, SpringerWienNewYork), "Urbanomad" (2004, SpringerWienNewYork). "Urbanomad Vol. 2" (2006 SpringerWienNewYork) Guy Lafranchi has presented his work internationally in the form of exhibitions, lectures and workshops. Among others: Bartlett School of Architecture London, Netherlands Architecture Institute NAI Rotterdam, Aedes Gallery Berlin, Milan Furniture Fair, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University Berlin, School of Architecture Lund Sweden, University of Alicante, Kunsthalle Malmö Sweden, University Malmö, University of Oslo, Politecnico Torino, City University Hong Kong, Penn State University USA, Cooper Union NY.
Glad Llt "The company aims at the mediation and development of innovative interdisciplinary design processes in the field of architecture, the consulting of companies in the planning and construction industry, the development of object and furniture design as well as the mediation of the methodology of design processes at universities, educational institutions and similar institutions.
The company also aims to promote and establish the GLAD brand on the market at the level of design methods and design products.
Glad Ltd Cloud Partner Companies and Networks XL to XS
Glad Ltd "Part of MIC.MIND.SET" MIC.MIND.SET is the leader in Switzerland in the implementation of the digital chain and brings digital worlds to life in the specially created BIMLabs.
fsp never stands still. fsp Architekten AG has successfully stood for "We don't build for us" for more than 40 years. Our continuing success, the well over sixty competitions won and our long-term partnerships are based on the economic insight of "Design to Value", in which the value added in a functioning building is about 300 times higher than the investment volume. The entire team is highly motivated not only to enjoy the previous successes, but also to implement them as an incentive for the future. We are delighted when we celebrate this future together and in exchange with our clients, partners and suppliers. Number of employees: 80 fsp
Full-service provider for the transformation of SMEs in Switzerland. Our team has more than 70 years of experience in managing SMEs, setting up start-ups, in e-commerce and in management consulting. Number of employees: 20 Company Factory
CB Corporate Fashion
Since 1998 the company CQ Corporate Fashion GmbH has specialized in personal consulting for companies who want to implement their existing corporate identity/philosophy in corporate fashion in a contemporary and individual way. Since then CQ Corporate Fashion GmbH has created and manufactured numerous image clothing collections for large and small companies from the service sector, industry, catering and hotel industry, health care as well as aviation. CB Corporate Fashion
The aim of the umbra Architektur Genossenschaft is to jointly manage projects through constructive cooperation between the members' small and very small businesses and thus to improve the position of the individual members on the market. The umbra Architektur Genossenschaft can participate in other companies and acquire and/or construct real estate in order to fulfil its purpose. Employees: 12 umbra
FORM, creative makers – is the specialist for the implementation of extraordinary communication measures around advertising and the staging of brand worlds in 3D. Employees: 40 Form AG
was founded in 2012 after 10 years of experience in the electronic development of LED luminaires. From the very beginning we have distinguished ourselves through lighting products with modern design and the highest manufacturing quality. Our continuous search for innovative materials and improved LED technology have given us the impetus to realize exclusive projects with high technological content. We collaborate with carefully selected Italian craftsmen who enable us to satisfy the most demanding customers and produce tailor-made, exclusive and limited-edition products. LuceConcept
From 2000 to the present day, the company, unlike many of its competitors, has made a decision to increase its overall skills base, rather than to go down the path of hyper-specialization and decentralization of manufacturing. Today, some of the most important Italian and foreign design agencies work with Carraro Tito e Figli to create finished and semi-finished objects in a permanent synergetic partnership. Carraro Design
Sanjin Kanesic has been supporting GladLtd as an architect for many years in the field of object design and conception. Further Sanjin is by its activity and experience as Dipl. Architekt FH at the Office for Land and Buildings of the Canton of Berne for the Glad Cloud as a valuable consultant in the field of real estate valuation and development. Sanjin Kanesic
Büro Destruct, since many years powerful partner for Glad Ltd and Riea.ch in the field of grafic and publications Since day one, BD has kept open the boundary between art and commercial graphic design, as testified to by the number and variety of techniques employed, and reflected in projects for clients from widely differing fields. Publications, exhibitions, lectures and workshops around the world enable the Büro Destruct project to keep itself in a progress of continual renewal. Büro Destruct
- The Research Institute for Experimental Architecture (RIEA) was founded in 1988 by Lebbeus Woods, architect, theorist, critic and professor of architecture. After the first conference on experimental architecture - organized by Lebbeus Woods in New York State and including Peter Cook, Neil M. Denari, Michael Sorkin, Hani Rashid, Michael Webb, Lise Anne Couture, Gordon Gilbert and Ted Krueger - RIEA developed the discourse on experimentation in architecture and urbanism.
- RIEA has conducted numerous conferences and workshops in Europe and the United States. Guy Lafranchi: Since 1995 collaboration with Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Since 2006 Director of RIEA.ch, Bern (Research Institute for Experimental Architecture).
- Elop stands for environmentally oriented learning & operative platform and is a learning and teaching platform for interdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation.
- Transdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation are new key competences of tomorrow's professionals - complex practical problems can only be successfully tackled by such transdisciplinary teams.
- The Elop programme, which is based on an innovation-based transdisciplinary design process, focuses on the development of real projects with real customers.
- Students from various disciplines of the elop Alliance work together with advanced information and collaboration technologies and methods. Elop has carried out over 10 projects in Switzerland, China, Germany, the USA, Mexico and Wales.
Guy Lafranchi Since 2012, co-head of international master studio ELOP (Environmental Learning and Operative Platform) together with partner universities Tec Monterrey Mexico, Bangor University Wales, Stanford University USA, Politecnico Milano Italy, Cologne University of Applied Sciences Germany, Bauhaus Weimar Germany, HEPIA Geneva Switzerland
POLAR Polar is the fusion of the networks Elop and Pole (project oriented Learning environment in the field of industrial design) POLAR (Project Oriented Learning and Action Research) is a unique platform for learning and research. Developed by an international network of academic and industrial experts, multiple transdisciplinary teams of talented Masters students, design and test prototype solutions. The primary benefit, participants learn how to collaborate on projects that meets a real, complex challenge. A secondary benefit is rapid, low-cost, high-value proposals for commercial and societal transformation.
Among others, Projects for the following customers
Samsung | Huawei | Fondation Cartier Paris | Wilkinson Beven Design Ltd | Creabeton | Mobimo | Norqain | Raiffeisen | Post AG | Post Immobilien | Fifa | Frutiger AG | Marti AG | Swiss | Bijou Stadelmann | L&Z Optik | Studer Handels AG | Felix Constructions | Solutuion / Tracker AG | Form AG | Minder Pool Technology | Kunstmuseum Bern | Historisches Museum Basel
Cities and Institutions
NAI Rotterdam | City University Hong Kong | Politecnico Torino | Lund University | Oslo University | Innsbruck University | Cooper Union NY | Woodburry University USA | Penstate University | Architecture for Humanity | Coney Island, New York | Chicago | Chi Chi Taiwan | Malama Hawaii | Malmö Sweden | Helsingborg Sweden | Taormina Italy | Somkhele, South Africa | Palo Alto California | Queretaro Mexico | Bangor Wales | Itacaré Brasil
Clients Private Residences | Law Firms | Swiss Mountain Residences | Additions and Renovations of Historical Residences
Exhibition and Communication
Exhibition and Communication
Besides numerous monograph and magazine publications, Guy Lafranchi has presented his work internationally in the form of exhibitions, lectures and workshops. U.a: Bartlett School of Architecture London, Netherlands Architecture Institute NAI Rotterdam, Aedes Gallery Berlin, Möbelmesse Mailand, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University Berlin, School of Architecture Lund Sweden, University of Alicante, Kunsthalle Malmö Sweden, University Malmö, University of Oslo, Politecnico Torino, City University Hong Kong, Penn State University USA, Cooper Union NY.
Since 2016, Guy Lafranchi has been Chairman oft he Board of JUST BE Innovation AG, which aims at the operation and development of the hotel and gastronomy sector, and is owner of the boutique hotel Justbeandb in Sicily.
JUST BE Innovation AG
The purpose of the company is to operate, buy and sell hotels and catering establishments, to develop appropriate marketing concepts, to produce foodstuffs and to trade in goods of all kinds at home and abroad. The Company may establish branch offices and subsidiaries in Germany and abroad and participate in other companies. The Company is entitled to acquire, encumber, sell and administer real estate in Switzerland and abroad. The Company may also conduct all business transactions that are suitable for promoting the development of the Company and the attainment of its purpose.