Lukas Raeber

Studio Lukas Raeber is an architectural office based in Basel, with a focus on architecture, urban planning and object design. The studio develops innovative and sustainable architectural projects for private and public clients and institutions. Services provided range from consultation, elaboration of projects at all stages, concept and design through to the realisation of building proposals.

Philosophy and Working Methods
At the beginning of the design process we concentrate intensively on the brief and the existing context. Initial conceptual sketches are made. By continually verifying the client’s expectations, while equally interrogating the given site and societal surroundings and carefully checking our ideas, we develop a proposal that specifically relates to that place.
For each commission we use references to examine the status quo and existing standards. We challenge the present structures and develop something new from that starting point. In the process we try to create added value through an innovative method of dealing with regulations and limitations. We believe that restrictions can offer fertile ground for architecture and can lead to buildings with individual character. The ‘Haus in Riehen – Constructive Contrasts’ is exemplary of this approach; it won the Arc Award for a first building and the Best Architects Award in Gold, amongst other accolades.
Another important factor is how we deal with economies of finance and available resources. This influences design and building implementation in our studio and leads to the creation of sustainable architecture. An important element of this work is our understanding of how to unite structure and materials in a project. With construction measures we can thus create added value through generous spaces, as was demonstrated in the ‘Drahtzug (Wire Cable) – Roof on Two Beams’ rooftop extension project. Special consideration is given to the authentic application of local materials in the process. Through constructive design new spaces and structures are discovered, allowing us to break away from familiar spatial dimensions and layouts.

Nina Gusenburger
Julien Blanc
Ladina Bürgisser
Lukas Raeber
Moritz Schudel

Flavio Thommen
Jessica Cabrera
Cyrill Kaderli
Luisa Overath
Gonçalo Duarte Pita

Lukas Raeber
During and after his studies at the ETH in Zurich, Lukas Raeber (*May 9. 1984) worked both in Switzerland and abroad for, among others, Frank Gehry in Los Angeles and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. He taught at Professor Marc Angélil’s chair, the Institute for Urban Design, at the ETH Zurich from 2009 until the founding of the Reuter Raeber studio in 2012. Since 2017 he has pursued his practice as Studio Lukas Raeber.


Publications + Awards

Selected Projects

Schulanlage Kappeli, Buchs SG

  • Studienauftrag selektiv 1.Preis/1.Rang 2021 in collaboration with Estrada Reichen Architekten

Schulcampus Bota

  • Studienauftrag selektiv 1.Preis/1.Rang 2019. Planung und Ausführung 2019 - 2024
  • Zürcher Oberländer Nr.51 vom 02.03.2019 Seite 1 und 2 "Pünktchen und Anton schlägt alle"
  • TEC 21 Ausgabe 13/2019 "Verbinden, was zusammengehört" Text: Jean-Pierre Wymann

House in Riehen

  • The International Architecture Award 2019: The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design/ The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
  • Arc Award – Swiss Architecture Award: Der Erste Bau – Gold/1st Prize
  • DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum + Callwey Verlag: Anerkennung „Häuser des Jahres 2017“
  • Best Architects 17: Gold Award
  • Architizer A+ Awards: Special Mention
  • Architekturpreis "Das beste Einfamilienhaus 2018" - Archithema Verlag: Nomination
  • The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award: Finalist
  • Swiss Architects: Bau der Woche


  • Architekturdialoge Basel: Hier und Jetzt No.1 / 2018
  • Architektur Basel: "Aufstockung Drahtzugstrasse: Wenn das Wohnglück an zwei Pfetten hängt"
  • Umbau und Renovieren: Ausgabe 05/2018


  • Offener Wettbewerbsbeitrag: 3.Preis
  • Hochparterre Wettbewerbe 5


  • Architekturpreis der beste Umbau, Archithema Verlag, 2016, ISBN 978-3-9524627-0-6
  • Fachzeitschrift Gebäudehülle Schweiz, Ausgabe April 2016
  • Magazin Umbau + Renovieren, Ausgabe 01/2016

Metropolitan Commons – Denkallmend Dübendorf

  • Archithese, Ausgabe Oktober 2014

Kjpk Klinik

  • Offener Wettbewerbsbeitrag: 5.Preis
  • Tec21, Ausgabe 36/2012

Copy, Paste, Invert, Forget

  • Lukas Raeber, Michael Hirschbichler, Tans 19 Gta Verlag Zurich 2011

Lokale Bastion

  • Thesis Lukas Raeber, Modulor Magazin 08/2010
  • Thesis Lukas Raeber, ETH Zurich Yearbook 2009
  • Abecedarium zur Peripherie, Michael Hirschbichler, Ruby Press, 2013, ISBN 9–783944-074054


Exhibitions + Lectures
  • Hochparterre: Wilde Karte; Wednesday 25th September 2019, 6pm, ZAZ Bellerive, Höschgasse 3, Zürich
  • HEPIA Geneva: Matière Suisse - Swiss Matter; Lecture on Structural Contradictions by Lukas Raeber
  • RIBA London: Europa Talk; Switzerland - Italy
  • Architekturdialoge Basel: Hier und Jetzt No.1 / 2018
  • Nischenhain: Installation auf dem Geländer der Simultanhalle; Köln
  • Exposition Trinationale: Europäisches Architekturhaus / Maison Européenne de l’Architecture; Strassburg
  • S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum: Konferenz: Schweiz - Räumlicher Stand der Dinge; Basel
  • Architektur 0.16: Werkschau für Schweizer Architektur; Zürich
Office Documentation + References

Praktikant/in - Internship

  • Wir suchen laufend talentierte und motivierte Praktikant/innen für die Mitarbeiten an interessanten Ausführungsprojekten und Wettbewerben. Vorausgesetzt werden mindestens 4 Semester Architekturstudium und gute Computerkenntnisse. Wir freuen uns auf Bewerbungen mit Lebenslauf und Portfolio per Post oder Mail an: