An internationally renowned host
Philip Jodidio, spokesperson for the world's starchitects, will be master of ceremonies in Neuchâtel on May 10
The organisers of JAU-NE - Journée de l’architecture et de l’urbanisme [Architecture and Urban Planning One-Day Event] - have enlisted a big international name to host the Neuchâtel event, alongside the Neuchâtel architect Stefan Rudy. The honour falls to Philip Jodidio, spokesperson for the world's "starchitects" and a resident of Switzerland since 2005.
Aged 65, Philip Jodidio is a writer and art critic from New Jersey. He studied art history and economics at Harvard University in Cambridge. Once his studies were completed, he moved to Paris. He became editor-in-chief of the French magazine "Connaissance des Arts" and made a space for contemporary architecture in the magazine. He was to hold this position until 2002. He then became independent. His services are called upon all over the world. He keeps company with the greatest architects.
Philip Jodidio is the author of a huge number of articles and books on contemporary architecture. He has written some 150 books, distributed in 70 countries. He is responsible for the famous series "Architecture Now!", Published by Taschen, books about highly original architecture (in the trees or on rooftops) as well as monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid. He is considered to be one of the most influential authors in the field of architecture.
This man has one distinctive characteristic: he is neither an architect nor an engineer. His approach to the constructions about which he speaks is therefore more synthetic than technical. He has a particular passion for Japanese architecture.