What is the role of remembrance in architecture? This question is a source of inspiration for Roger Diener, and for this reason the projects of his Basel-based firm address mechanisms that are inherent to human memory. They all have something in common: Drawing from the theoretical considerations of Aldo Rossi and Robert Venturi, their architecture seeks to connect with the location’s historic strata, thereby creating a temporal and spatial pattern.
According to Diener, the special role of memory – regardless of fashionable discourses – is best expressed in projects involving expansions of existing buildings.
Roger Diener studied at the ETH in Zurich and Lausanne, under Aldo Rossi and Luigi Snozzi among others. In 1976, he took up work in the firm of his father, Marcus Diener, which he has managed since 1980. Roger Diener held a professorship at the ETH Zürich from 1999 to 2015, where he lectured and published at the Studio Basel together with Marcel Meili, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. He has won numerous awards, including the French Grande Médaille d’Or, the Prix Meret Oppenheim and the Heinrich Tessenow Medal. Notable public buildings by Diener & Diener are located in Berlin (Swiss Embassy, Museum of Natural History), in Biel (CentrePasquArt), in Malmö (university building), in Lucerne (Rosengart collection) and in Drancy