Dunja Richter

Dunja Richter

Program Coordinator MSc ETH LA | Postdoctoral Researcher

Dunja Richter is a landscape architect and garden historian. She received her diploma from the Dresden University of Technology. After her studies she joined for three years the Department of Historic Garden Preservation at Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Hessen. Through postgraduate studies at the DenkmalAkademie of the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz and the Dresden University of Technology she further qualified herself in preservation and development of historic monuments and gardens. Since 2009 she works as a research associate at the Chair of Christophe Girot. Her main research and teaching focuses on the history of garden design and landscape architecture, with a concentration on exchange processes, the meanings and the uses of plants in the context of a growing globalization. She holds a PhD concerning the plant trade of the Zurich Botanical Garden in the 19th century.

In addition to her teaching activities at the ETH Zurich Dunja Richter was guest lecturer at Academy of Architecture Mendrisio, University of Innsbruck, TU Berlin and Dresden, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Kyoto University of Art and Design and others. With book contributions and journal articles, she contributes to the evocation of critical discourses. She is co-editor of Topology – Topical Thoughts on the Contemporary Landscape (Landscript 3) and co-author of Topologie/Topology (pamphlet 15). Besides that, she worked as a part-time project manager at the Department of Urban Planning at the City of Zurich in 2013–2014 and has been involved as a lecturer in the CAS Garden Monument Preservation at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences since 2019.

Dunja Richter is currently senior researcher and program coordinator for the two-year master’s program Master of Science ETH in Landscape Architecture. She was engaged in the four-year development process where she worked as project coordinator for the degree program initiative, which was supported by the Department of Educational Development and Technology (LET) at ETH in terms of content and university didactics.