Wayne Switzer


Wayne Switzer
Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design

GUtech, PO Box 1816, Athaibah PC 130, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Room: 229B
+968 2206 26011 (office)


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Short biogaphy:

Prior to becoming a Lecturer at GU Tech, Wayne Switzer held a teaching position at the ETH Zürich (2014-2016). He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic (M.Arch 2007), and worked for offices in Vienna and New York City. From 2012-2015 he trained with the rammed earth pioneer Martin Rauch which further informed his focus on contemporary earthen construction. Wayne continues to lecture and hold practical workshops internationally.

  • MA , Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA, 2007.
  • BA , Marketing Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA, 2001.
  • Architecture
  • Building Construction

Research Areas

  • Contemporary Earthen Construction

Research Projects

  • Project title: Prototyping Post-tensioned Rammed Earth
    Period: 08/2017–10/2017
    Role: Co-investigator
    Funded by: Boltshauser Architekten, local Construction firms
    Porject description:

    A semester long design/ research study was conducted at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Lausanne under the guidance of architect Roger Boltshauser. The study involved the use of post-tensioned rammed earth, which avoids the use of stabilisation through cement. At the end of the semester a design was chosen and refined with the renowned engineering firm Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann. This design was then realised as a prototype during a summer school Workshop. As guest critic and overseer of the Workshop, Wayne Switzer was instrumental in guiding the design process, as well as the construction of a 1:1 Mock-up in which over 30 Students participated in the building.


Peer Reviewed Journals
Conference Papers
Other Articles
  • Switzer, Wayne (2017). Dust and Fever Dreams, Matteo Guidoni (Ed.), San Rocco - Pure Beauty #13 Spring 2017, pp. 62-69, Venice, IT: San Rocco..
  • Switzer, Wayne (2016). “Real Myths”, Trans, ed. 28.
Published Books

Trainings taken