Get To Know Me @ Archiprix – Catherine Blum

A Q&A with an international competition participant

This international event seemed to be the opportune time to ask architectural students from around the world a few questions.

Name/Age: Catherine Blum/27 (almost 28, her birthday is April 8 )
School/Location: HSR Hochschule für Technik/Rapperswil, Switzerland
Course of Study: Landscape Architecture

Project Name: Watertouch*

Define your project in 15 (or so) words: A temporary, and possibly permanent, solution to connect the city to the water**

Architectural/Design influences: Swiss architecture firm, em2n

Dream job: Taking part in design juries

Favorite part of Montevideo: The old city center

Most useful phrase/word you’ve learned on the tour: “Do you speak Italian?”

Favorite music to listen to while you work: Something powerful and fast when creating collages; something softer or nothing at all when thinking

Item you can’t live without: Plants

Other than your own, what’s your favorite project at this year’s Archiprix?: Islamic Community and Cemetery Site for in Vorarlberg by Gunar Wilhelm and Tobias Hagleitner (Austria)

* More information on Catherine’s project can be found on

** Watertouch was purchased by the Swiss city Schaffhausen for possible implementation

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