E2A

Piet Eckert and Wim Eckert are brothers. Both graduated from the ETH in Zurich in 1994 and 1995. Both worked from 1994 till 1997 at OMA in Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Seoul. They have taught at several schools and universities in Europe and are currently guest professors at the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio. They established E2A in 2001. Their work has been widely published including the comprehensive monograph E2A in 2011 with Hatje Cantz, more recently in 2014 silent form with Park Books and presently the new monograph by 2G Magazine of Gustavo Gili Editors. Their work has expanded geographically and typologically to a wider range in Europe with works in the realm of the public, cultural, corporate, commercial and housing domain. Their methodology of work confronts idealism with an inventory of realities. This confrontation witnesses a sense of irony, a pleasure and a strategic contradiction to reassess an omnipresent burden of context and program. Desire and reality, narrative and analysis form an increasingly conflicted relationship. E2A’s contributions therefore don’t necessarily have to adhere to a single vision of cohesion, but rather integrate discrepancies and disruptions with implicit organizational logic. Constraints are converted into architectural forms.