Isabel has lived in Switzerland with her husband and two children since 2001. She grew up in Colombia. Since April 2017 she has been a Board Member of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and responsible for Business Development. In everyday life, she not only supports the association Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ but also teaches German in a refugee home and looks after various refugee families. In 2015 she was active on various missions along the Balkan route in Greece.
She spends most of her free time with her family and friends. She is also often found in the mountains.
Isabel studied architecture in Colombia, holds a Master of Arts degree in history from the USA and a postgraduate degree in architecture majoring in the preservation of historical monuments from ETH Zurich.
Federico moved to Zurich in 2014. He was born and raised in Spain. Since May 2017 he has been a Board Member of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ, where he is responsible for Marketing and Communication. In addition to actively supporting our Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ team, his organization Link Women in the Arts is dedicated to various artistic events.
In his spare time, he is often found at the Impact Hub Zurich, where he meets with other comrades-in-arms or climbing in the mountains.
Federico holds a master's degree in architecture with a focus on urban planning from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and a CAS in Arts and International Cooperation from the ZhdK.
Zsófia moved to Zurich with Bence seven years ago. She was also born in Hungary. Zsófia is a co-founder of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and a passionate scientist. You can find her mainly behind books or researching in front of the computer. In the association, she is mainly responsible for strategic and financial.
In her spare time, she likes to meet with friends in cafés or in the cinema.
Zsófia studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest and completed her Doctor of Liberal Art at the Doctorate School of Architecture, BME Hungary and ETH Zurich.
Monika is living in Zurich since 2017. She was born in Poland and grew up in Germany. She is a co-founder of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and a passionate hobby philosopher. In the association, she is dedicated to the tasks of Product Management.
In her free time, she likes to engage with the themes of society, the community of art and creative thinking. Her focus is on doing, not watching. Otherwise, she is more often found in the mountains and nature, cooking with friends or tailoring in front of her sewing machine.
Monika completed her Master of Arts in Architecture in Konstanz.
Matthias moved to Zurich in 2016. He was born and raised in Germany. Since April 2017 he is Board Member of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and works in the area of Product Management. In everyday life, he not only supports Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ but also various non-profit organizations, including Ubuntu, a refugee workshop that works with refugees on the craft. He designs and develops as a specialist for sustainable design, products, and solutions, as well as participative workshops such as Design Thinking.
In his spare time, he likes to travel in the Alps or with his bike.
He studied industrial design in Darmstadt and gained work experience in London and Rome.
Bence is living in Zurich with his wife Zsófia since seven years, he was born in Hungary. He is a co-founder of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and Architecture for Refugees, a passionate hobby sociologist, and community builder. When he is not in Europe at workshops, teambuilding events, and refugee camps, he devotes himself entirely to the work of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ, especially public relations.
In his spare time, he is often found with friends in cafés, bars and in front of the barbecue, especially in the Jamie Oliver kitchen.
Bence studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest, holds a Master of Advanced Studies from the ETH Zurich and is currently working on his Doctor of Liberal Arts at the MOME University of Art and Design in Budapest.
Parwiz is living in Switzerland since October 2015. He was born and raised in Faryab, Afghanistan. He had to leave his country in 2014 and since then he has been living in Switzerland. In May 2017 he joined as a Board Member Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ and supports us in all areas of our work.
In his spare time, he is often found in libraries, learning German and English and playing football from time to time.
As soon as he receives a positive decision, he would like to study computer science or civil engineering.
Susanne moved to Switzerland in September 2011. She was born and raised in Germany. Since July 2018 she is an active member of Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ. In addition to the current association topics, Susanne is responsible for the online platform >fluechtlingsintegration.ch<.
In her spare time, she likes to travel with AfR CH, listens to the concerts and DJs of the city or enjoys her time in her apartment listening to podcasts and devouring other cultural things.
Susanne graduated in architecture at the TU Darmstadt. She completed her MAS in History and Theory in Zurich. Nevertheless, you can find her with a lot of euphoria in classical architectural life.
Currently Rahel lives in Bern. She was born and raised in Appenzell, but soon moved to various cities in Switzerland and Amsterdam. Since summer 2018 she has been an active member of Architecture for Refugees SWITZERLAND. Rahel supports the team in design issues and links Architecture for Refugees with projects in Bern. During her master studies at the Bern University of the Arts (2017-2019), Rahel focused on migration and intercultural communication. She currently works as a freelance designer for various projects in these areas.
Rahel likes to spend her free time outdoors in the fresh air, on her bicycle, in the mountains or on and around the water.
Tobias was born and raised in the Bern area. Through his parents, he began to deal with politics and volunteer work at an early age. He moved to Zurich in 2012 to study architecture at ETH Zurich, which he successfully completed in 2018. Since the summer of 2018, he has been part of the Architecture for Refugees SWITZERLAND team. Together with the association, he has involved and implemented several projects.
He understands architecture as the art of creating space, no matter how temporary it may be. He considers it one of his core competencies to be able to help himself, preferably in collaboration with others.