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Terragrams is a podcast series providing a wide portal into the world of landscape architecture by the professionals who shape it. Running from 2006 to 2012, the podcast dispatched over 30 interviews. It is now being re-edited and re-broadcast. Learn more about Terragrams.

Dispatch 28: Stefan Rotzler

First published 28th May, 2009

Republished 27th Jun, 2022

Stefan Rotzler studied History of Art at the Zurich University before becoming a gardener. Following this hands-on experience, Rotzler opted to study landscape architecture at the ITR Technical School in Rapperswil, Switzerland where he graduated in one of the first classes of the newly-created professional program. After graduation, he worked with the town planning office of Zurich for a few years and then opened his own office.

In 1989 he began his collaboration with Matthias Krebs. Together, they have made projects for gardens, public spaces, sports facilities, infrastructure primarily in Europe. In 2007, the Swiss publishing firm Niggli released the first monograph of the Rotzler Krebs collaboration. Rotzler has taught in the landscape program at Rapperswil and has participated widely in international competitions, juries and workshops.

Special thanks to Merete Vindum for dispatch research and preparation.

Introducing Stefan

Ch. 1


Coming to Landscape Architecture

Ch. 3


Swiss Landscapes

Ch. 5


Running a Practice

Ch. 6


Design Competitions

Ch. 7


Design Collaborations

Ch. 8


Invention & Mistakes

Ch. 9


Strategy & Photography

Ch. 10