Peter Zumthor is a Swiss architect who bases his work on the philosophical belief that everything must be experienced first-hand. Born in Basel, 1943, Peter began his career as a simple cabinet builder. Having studied at the Schule fuer Gestaltung in Basel and at the Pratt Institute in New York, he renovated various protected buildings in the canton of Graubünden, before opening his own studio in 1979.
Some of Peter Zumthor's most renowned works include: Sogn Benedetg Chapel in Somvitg (1988), the thermal baths in Vals (1996), the Kunsthaus in Bregenz (1997), and the Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000 in Hanover. He is considered one of the most interesting international architects of the 21st century and was the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.