Where at the ZHdK can you be found?
For a year or so, as a result of the pandemic, hardly anywhere there at all, and I have to admit that I don’t miss the Toni as a building. What I do miss are the people, the encounters and spontaneous conversations. That’s what I look forward to whenever I will return to my desk in 4.E01.
What determines your working day / what does a typical working day involve for you?
In my role, I work closely with the Head of Department – my daily routine is determined largely by his, which means that things never get boring. What really counts for me here is mutual trust. I couldn’t work together with a senior colleague who thinks in strictly hierarchical terms. What I most appreciate about Hansuli Matter is that we can meet on equal terms and openly exchange our views about a wide variety of topics.
Which topics are you focussing on at the moment?
Growing various older varieties and rare vegetable crops for our annual Urban Gardening Project, the music of Tobias Hume played on my viola da gamba, the idea of building an accessible apartment suitable for older age in the rear courtyard of our current house from 1914 – completely modern and, of course, meeting the latest energy and climate standards, and finally, a journey to Scotland in autumn this year. Hopefully, that will work out – I am longing for the Hebrides and the Highlands.
With whom would you like to switch roles for half a year?
With one of our five cats. Fully catered for and loved, I could then spend many hours a day in contemplation and losing myself in my dreams.