Established in 1993, the firm, currently based in Lugano was founded by Pia Durisch and Aldo Nolli.
The practice pursues an independent architectural approach and ensures that both founding partners are intimately involved in every commission from conception to detail design. The firm has assembled a broad portfolio and has distinguished itself through several significant public buildings, heritage conservation and urban interventions.
Their first works include the Swisscom Service Centre in Giubiasco and the restoration of the Social Theatre in Bellinzona (1993-1997) in collaboration with Giancarlo Durisch, the restoration of the Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta in Claro (1997-2005) and the House for a Sculptor in Mendrisio (2000) which was awarded the SIA Award for best private building in Ticino for the period from 1998 to 2003.
Several public projects in the fields of culture and formation followed, including the Cultural Centre of Chiasso with the MaxMuseo and Spazio Officina in 2005, the Vocational Education Centre of the Swiss Builders Society SSIC in Gordola in 2011 and the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona in collaboration with Bearth & Deplazes in 2013. With these buildings, Durisch + Nolli have won all editions of the SIA Award in the last decade (2003-2015). Their most recent completed projects include a residential complex for 280 students in Lucerne for the Student Mentor Foundation in 2013 and the Nosedo Primary School in Massagno (2017) with Giraudi Radczuweit. In 2012 they won the international AIT Global Award for the very best in Interior and Architecture in the category ‘Education’ and in 2014 the Prix Acier for the best steel building in Switzerland. More recently, through the participation in various international competitions, they have also acquired important projects outside the canton of Ticino such as the Assembly and Arts Building of Aiglon College (2017) and the new headquarters for SRF Swiss Television Centre in Zurich (2017).