AUREL VON RICHTHOFEN

German born in Geneva, Aurel von Richthofen studied architecture in Switzerland and the USA. He holds a Dipl. Arch. from ETH Zurich, and a M. Arch. from Princeton University. He is a registered architect in Berlin and Zurich. His research focuses on analyzing and interpreting urban space with means of parametric design tools. His current research project examines sustainable patterns of urbanization in Oman. Aurel is currently working as an assistant professor of architecture at GUtech in Oman.

PROLOGUE

Aurel von Richthofen on Research / Teaching / Tools / Practice

AURELVR TEAM

aurelVR architecture is a practice of architecture lead by Aurel von Richthofen. We are a team of 3 architects and interns with an extended network of friends, colleagues and former students that share our enthusiasm and that we collaborate with. Our projects range from installation to architecture to urban design. We participate in international architecture competitions. We offer consultancy services in urban design, parametric design and architectural education.

Scitech TV - Houses

Scitech TV documents the research project sponsored by the Research Council Oman "Towards Sustainable Patterns of Urbanisation in Oman" conducted by GUtech and SQU, featuring Aurel von Richthofen and Haitham Al Busafi as well as GUtech students.

Scitech TV - City

Scitech TV documents the research project sponsored by the Research Council Oman "Towards Sustainable Patterns of Urbanisation in Oman" conducted by GUtech and SQU a second time, featuring Aurel von Richthofen, Maryam Zargar Yaghoubi and Sebastian Langer as well as GUtech students.

Baumeister Oman

Aurel writes about urbanisation trends and sustainability in Oman in Germany's oldest architecture magazine - Baumeister. The conservative development in Muscat is seen in contrast to fast paced Dubai. The specificities of urban sprawl, land allocation system, destruction of landscape are descrtibed as well as typical modern villas and sub-urban settlement patterns. The article concludes with a manifesto for sustainable urbanism adapted to Oman.

Urban Oman Exhibition

Exhibition on Urbanisation Patterns in Oman on display at GUtech, Hablan Campus from March 23rd to June 12th 2014.

Compact City Oman

Compact city is a design for a sustainable neighborhood in Al Khoudh within the larger Muscat Capital Area based on cultural, climatic and economic criteria of sustainability. This model – both a research method to evaluate, interpret and integrate specific criteria of sustainability as well as a design proposal for a sustainable neighborhood - exemplifies an integrated approach to urbanism adapted to the local Omani conditions.

House Like Her

The House Like Her – an artist studio and home – is located by the sea south of Muscat along the magnificent coastline of the Indian Ocean between Quriat and Sur. Linked by the new coastal high-way to the capital the location offers the serenity and unspoilt beauty unique to Oman.

Warsaw Rotunda

Warsaw Rotunda is a renovation and a tactical urban space project at once. The design takes an existing building, strips its facade and turns its inner space into an observation platform. The reversal of a closed hermetic space into an open public lantern reclaims a central place in Warsaw for the public.

School Crisser

School Vevey is a design for an elementary school in Crissier, a small village in the Swiss Romandie. The design includes eight class rooms, a sports hall and related administrative spaces.

Tour de Babel

Tour de Babel is an installation for the Centre Franco-Omanais (CFO) in Muscat, Oman on the occasion of the month of francophonie and the celebration of international peotry in March 2014. The tower consist of 700 boxes of 150x200x300 mm made specifically for the event. All 700 language students of the CFO took one box home and wrote a poem on it. The boxes were then assembled to for the Tour de Babel - literally built with poems written in more than 30 languages.