Association of Swiss Architects

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The Federation of Swiss Architects (Federation of Swiss Architects BSA; fr . : Fédération des Architectes Suisses FAS; it : Federazione Architetti Svizzeri FAS) is a professional organization of architects in Switzerland .


The BSA was founded in Bern in 1908 , and it was entered in the commercial register in 1909. Today's headquarters are in Basel .


As of the end of March 2018, it had a total of over 950 members, including over 800 full members; only the latter are entitled to bear the addition of "BSA" to the job title "Architect" ("Architect BSA"). There are also associated members; these are people who, through their work, are closely connected to the topics of architecture, urban development and spatial planning. Ordinary members are "usually independent architects who have achieved notable achievements in the field of architecture, town planning and spatial planning." (Article 3 of the statutes of the BSA).

The association is divided into so-called local groups, which operate as legally independent associations. With over 200 full members, the Zurich branch (Aargau, Zurich, Graubünden) is the largest. The other groups are local group Basel (Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft), local group Bern (Bern, Freiburg and Solothurn), local group Eastern Switzerland (Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, St. Gallen), local group Central Switzerland (Uri, Obwalden , Nidwalden, Schwyz, Glarus, Luzern, Zug), Section genevoise (Geneva), Section romande (Wallis, Vaud, Friborg, Neuchâtel, Jura) and Gruppo Ticino (Ticino).

The organs of the BSA are the general assembly, the central board and the auditors. The central board responsible for supraregional issues consists of persons elected by the general assembly and the representatives of the local groups. Three Vice-Presidents represent three of the four language regions in Switzerland on the Central Board.

The official media , together with the Association of Swiss Interior Architects (VSI.ASAI.) , Is the magazine “ Werk, Bauen + Wohnen ”. In the 1970s, “Werk - Archithese : Zeitschrift und Schriftenreihe für Architektur und Kunst” was the official organ of the BSA.

A touring exhibition Here we are - 100 Years BSA Switzerland 1908–2008 was conceived for the 100th anniversary of the founding , which showed models from architectural competitions from all over Switzerland.

In addition to the BSA, other organizations represent the professional interests of architects: the Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects (SIA) founded in Aarau in 1837 , the Association of Freelance Swiss Architects (fsai) and visarte.schweiz, Professional Association of Visual Art (until 2001 under the name Gesellschaft the Swiss painters, sculptors and architects, GSMBA, which has been accepting architects since 1906) as the oldest artists' association in Switzerland.

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Individual evidence

  1. Self-portrait Federation of Swiss Architects (BSA)