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Building for the common good. Durisch+Nolli


Established in 1993, the firm, currently based in Lugano was founded by Pia Durisch and Aldo Nolli.
The practice pursues an independent architectural approach and ensures that both founding partners are intimately involved in every commission from conception to detail design. The firm has assembled a broad portfolio and has distinguished itself through several significant public buildings, heritage conservation and urban interventions.
Their first works include the Swisscom Service Centre in Giubiasco and the restoration of the Social Theatre in Bellinzona (1993-1997) in collaboration with Giancarlo Durisch, the restoration of the Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta in Claro (1997-2005) and the House for a Sculptor in Mendrisio (2000) which was awarded the SIA Award for best private building in Ticino for the period from 1998 to 2003.
Several public projects in the fields of culture and formation followed, including the Cultural Centre of Chiasso with the MaxMuseo and Spazio Officina in 2005, the Vocational Education Centre of the Swiss Builders Society SSIC in Gordola in 2011 and the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona in collaboration with Bearth & Deplazes in 2013. With these buildings, Durisch + Nolli have won all editions of the SIA Award in the last decade (2003-2015). Their most recent completed projects include a residential complex for 280 students in Lucerne for the Student Mentor Foundation in 2013, the Nosedo School Centre in Massagno (2017) with Giraudi Radczuweit, the Nordic Ski Centre in Campra and the Administrative Office Building in Lugano in 2019. In 2012 they won the international AIT Global Award for the very best in Interior and Architecture in the category ‘Education’ and in 2014 the Prix Acier for the best steel building in Switzerland. More recently, through the participation in various international competitions, they have also acquired important projects outside the canton of Ticino such as the Assembly and Arts Building of Aiglon College (2017), the new headquarters for SRF Swiss Television Centre in Zurich (2017), the renovation of the Pontifical Swiss Guard barracks in the Vatican (2019) and the new DTB headquarters in St. Gallen (2020).


  • Pia Durisch
  • Aldo Nolli




Collaboration from 1993

Antonino Accardo, Isabel Aichinger, Sebastiano Bagutti, Maja Barta, Ramona Berdondini, Laura Berther, Paolo Betti, Filippo Bolognese, Andrea Caramaschi, Monica Caramella, Paolo Catrambone, Chiara Cattarini, Marco Coppola, Sira Crivelli, Luciana Cuciovan, David Dalsass, Valentina Del Motto, Alberto Figuccio, Olivier Gauchat, Pietro Gellona, Irene Giovanetti, Paola Gysi, Dominique Hasler, Pierre-Jean Holl, Ulrike Krommer, Jacopo Laffranchini, Valeria Laloli, Marco Lamanna, Michele Lenzi, Annalisa Leone, Dario Locher, Giona Lunghi, Jonatan Maddalena, Oscar Maradiaga, Silvia Mauri, Alfredo Mazzieri, Alessandro Mazzucchini, Laura Müller, Gaia Mussi, Nicolas Polli, Silvia Prearo, Margherita Pusterla, Alessandro Roda, Cristina Roiz De La Parra, Simona Sala, Davide Scardua, Thomas Schlichting, Birgit Schwarz, Elke Stauber, Greta Strano, Vincenza Sutter, Chiara Tansini, Natascha Vitaliano, Michele Zanetta.


We are looking for Architecture students for an internship between 6 to 12 months beginning September 1st, 2022. Send us your printed application with letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae, Portfolio and references.

Pia Durisch
Aldo Nolli