Christophe Girot has been a Full Professor of Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich since 2001. In 2005, he founded the Institute for Landscape Architecture (ILA). In addition to his academic activities, he is a practising landscape architect and owner of the Atelier Girot in Zurich.
The Chair of Landscape Architecture is organised in three parts: the DesignLab, the MediaLab and the TheoryLab.
In the DesignLab, large-scale landscape projects are developed using design methods that combine traditional landscape architecture with advanced CNC modelling techniques. It also researches new design methods and digital tools, drawing in current developments in information technology and tested in a landscape-specific problem.
The MediaLab applies a repertoire of different audio-visual media in order to stimulate a critical examination of the perception of landscapes. The creative potential of visual and acoustic effects and presentation methods in landscape architecture is continuously researched, reflected upon and refined.
The TheoryLab illuminates the history of landscape architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries and promotes theory building in the profession with current international themes. The lecture series of the TheoryLab provides an insight into the history and theory of landscape architecture and encourages a reflective understanding of design.
The findings from research and education as well as from anthologies on theoretical questions are presented in the publication series Pamphlet. The scientific publication series Landscript, supported by an international editorial board, is devoted to contemporary landscape aesthetics and the immanence of landscape architecture in our culture.