HOSOYA SCHAEFER is a Zürich-based studio for architectural designs, strategies, and research. It was founded by Markus Schaefer and Hiromi Hosoya in 2003. With an international network of collaborators, the studio is involved in building design and realization, urban design, media installations, strategic planning, and consulting.



Hiromi Hosoya

Markus Schaefer


Alexander Kneer

Dagnija Smilga


Claudia Brunier-Ernst

Christian Calle Figueroa

Michele Fumagalli

Nina Gluesing

Nils Havelka

Marco Jacomella

Melanie Jeannet

Katharina Keckeis

Martyna Michalik

Max Michels

Wataru Nagatomo

Ekaterina Nagibina

Daniel Ostrowski

Valentin Ott

Axel Schmidt

Toru Shimizu

Izumi Soeda

Juris Strangots

Thorben Westerhuys

Zane Zeivate

Collaborators 2003-2017:

Christian Bandi, Albert Beele, Isabelle Bentz, Karlis Berzins, Charilaos Biskos, Marija Blagojevic, Mark Bol, Michael Bühler, Ricardo Cabrera-Nyst Garrido, Sasha Cisar, Carlos Cordero Aguaded, Annabel Cremer, Ziyue Ding, Maget El Sadek, Marcel Erismann, Elisa Forster, Daniel Angulo Garcia, Tota Goya, Yann Gramegna, Seung-Jin Ham, Dirk Hamdorf, Teppei Iizuka, Ryoko Ikeda, Milena Isler, Thomas Kägi, Lucas Krupp, Bavo Lauwers, Fabian Liszt, Radu-Remus Macovei, Eike Delia Martens, Francis Moss, Naohiko Murata, Karl Johan Nyqvist, Deborah Park, Noelle Paulson, Stelios Psaltis, Ludovic Regnault, Yves Reinacher, Esther Reinhardt, Beatrice Roth, Rafael Schmidt, Roland Schreiber, Florian Schrott, Frank Schwenk, Cindy Schwenke, Lukas Schwitter, Alisa Stepanova,Tanja Sussmann, Ryuhei Suzuki, Martin Tann, Mike Taylor, Dai Tomioka,Stefan Vetsch, Simon Kramer Vrscaj, Pascal Waldburger, Shi-Yuan Wang, Andy Westner, Akihiro Yamamoto, Changho Yeo, Guillaume Yersin, Hyuck-Jin Yoon




We are always looking for ambitious and motivated students or recent graduates to join our international team in Zurich. Interns are employed on a full-time basis for a minimum 6 month term. Applicants should possess a strong track-record in design and rich skillset including: model-making, AutoCAD, and other graphic software such as Rhino 3D and Adobe Creative Suite. Proficiency in German is preferred for this position.  Applicants must be eligible for all necessary work permits/visas during their stay in Switzerland.

If you are interested in joining our young, international, and ambitious team in Zurich, we look forward to receiving your application. Please send all materials, including CV and work samples (max 3MB) to:




Alexander Kneer Dagnija Smilga

Alexander Kneer

MAS ETH, Dipl.-Ing.

Dagnija Smilga

MArch, BSc


iF Communication Design Award

For the project “MobiGlobe 3” in the category Corporate Architecture - Communication Media in Architecture and Public Spaces.

> MobiGlobe 3

Red Dot Communication Design Award – Grand Prix

For the project “MobiGlobe 3” in the category Interface Design.

> MobiGlobe 3

iF Communication Design Award – Gold

For the project “Universum der Ozeane” in the category online / offline application.

> ZDF – Ocean Worlds

Red Dot Communication Design Award – Gold

For the project “Universum der Ozeane” in the category online / offline application.

> ZDF – Ocean Worlds

Design Preis Deutschland

The application "Universum der Ozeane" is nominated for the Design Preis Deutschland.

> ZDF – Ocean Worlds

International Serious Play – Bronze

For the project “Universum der Ozeane”.

> ZDF – Ocean Worlds


Special Award “New Generation” at the Contractworld Awards 2008 for the project ANAN in Wolfsburg.

> AnAn

Event Design Awards – Silver

For the project Mobiglobe 2006 together with Ralph Appelbaum Ass., New York, and Henn Architekten, Munich in the category “Permanent Installation”.

> MobiGlobe 1


Out of Fashion

Essay by Markus Schaefer, Content: AMO/OMA Projects for Prada

Tokyo Metabolism

Essay by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, Tokyo Life: Tokyo Metabolism, 05/01

Tokyo Metabolism

Essays by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, Harvard Guide to Shopping: Project on the City by Rem Koolhaas



Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current state: preliminary design

Multi-family house in Binz, Switzerland
Current state: building permission

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Innovative highrise on the countryside, Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland
Current state: concept

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current state: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon
Housing, retail, ateliers
Current state: concept design

Seegarten Altendorf
Family-living, elderly-living, retail
Current state: preliminary design phase

House Chile
Innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current state: building permit submission

Buchs Areal Fegeren
Building for precision-industry
Current state: study

Urban Design

Technologycluster Zug
Urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Industriestrasse Nord, Zug, Switzerland

Hafencity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Masterplan and urban framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Masterplan, urban framework plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Development studies

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland
Urban design concept

Urban design concept for a site in Uzwil, Switzerland

Urban design concept for a site in Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland

Urban design concept with public participation for Neugasse Zürich

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland

Urban System Research

Mobiglobe Autostadt Wolfsburg, Volkswagen, Germany
Mobility research

Strelka Institute, Moscow
Teaching: Advanced Urban Design

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503