Dr Urs Bette

Senior Lecturer
Dr Urs Bette
  Org Unit School of Architecture & Built Environment
  Email urs.bette@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4590
  Location Floor/Room 4 71 ,  Horace Lamb Building ,   North Terrace

Urs Bette studied in the Master Class of Wolf D. Prix at the 'Angewandte,' the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He worked for Coop Himmelblau and other renown offices, before setting up his own architectural practice in 2004. His work has been recognised in a number of exhibitions and publications, i.e shown at FRAC Centre Orleans, the Aedes Gallery Berlin, and at the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice. He was included in Wallpapers Architects Directory 2008 and recently published in "Starchitects: Visionary Architects of the 21.Century."


Mag. Arch., Architecture, die Angewandte - University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

Dipl. Des., Communication Design, University of Applied Sciences, Duesseldorf, Germany

Registered Architect in NRW, Germany

Curiosity and exploration are at the centre of any creative process. Urs' teaching aims to introduce students to the reality of possibilities instead of constraints. He encourages students to search for their own artistic identities within architectural design by giving the freedom to experiment, whilst coalescing conceptual ideas with functional parameters. Urs challenges students to concretely think about "impossible" solutions.



Urs' design as research investigates: the charged void as the result of a staged opposition between the architectural object and the site; recurring spatial sequences and morphological qualities in the characters that populate his work; and the relationship between intuition and control in the design act. He is further interested in the reciprocal relationship between analogue and digital architectural production.



creative work published in:

Bette, U., "AEAF Artist in Residence Studio"
Design South Australia, The Integrated Design Commission,
Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2012

Bette, U., "Expo & UC"
Julio Fajardo, Starchitects: Visionary Architects of the 21.Century,
HarperCollins, New York, USA, 2010

Bette, U., "Uralla Court II"
Jonathan Bell,  Architects Directory 2008,
Wallpaper* London, 2008

Bette, U., "Uralla Court  I"
Wolf D.Prix, Stadt=Form Raum Netz, 10th International Architecture Exhibition,
La Biennale di Venezia, Springer, Wien - New York, Austria, 2006

Bette, U., "UC I & UC II"
T. Kramer, Wolf D.Prix, (eds), Rock over Barock,
Springer, Wien, Austria, 2005

Bette, U., "Uralla Court"
Reiner Zettl, Prinz Eisenbeton 08,
University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, 2005

Bette, U., "Der Drache im Meer"
Angelika Fitz, Klaus Stattmann (eds), Reserve der Form,
Revolver - Archive fuer aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany, 2004

Bette, U., "The dragon in the sea"
R.Burgstaller, Roland Schoeny (eds), Moving Out,
University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, 2001

Bette, U., "The dragon in the sea"
Marie-Ange Brayer, Beatrice Simonot (eds), 12 ecoles d'architecture en Europe,
Edition HYX, Orleans, France, 2001

Bette, U., "Der Drache im Meer"
Arch+  Zeitschrift fuer Architektur und Staedtebau, Arch+ Preis,
Arch+ Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2001

creative work exhibited at:

Bette, U., "dissection"
Spinoza's Cabinet, Bruenner, M.,
Adelaide, 2012

Bette, U., Bruenner, M., "unreasonable topographies"  
To The Islands, Harvey, J., Pickersgill, S.,
SASA GALLERY, Adelaide, 2011

Bette, U., "Uralla Court  I"
Stadt=Form Raum Netz, Austria at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition,
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 2006

Bette, U., "Uralla Court  I"
Rock over Barock, Galerie Aedes East,
Berlin, Germany 2005

Bette, U., "Der Drache im Meer"
Reserve der Form, Kuenstlerhaus Wien,
Vienna, Austria 2004

Bette, U., "'Uralla Court I"  
Jung & Schön: 7+2, Kunsthaus Muerzzuschlag,
Muerzzuschlag, Austria  2004

Bette, U., "The dragon in the sea"
Moving Out, University for Applied Arts,
Museum of Modern Art - Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria 2001

Bette, U., "The dragon in the sea"
12 ecoles d'architecture en Europe, FRAC Centre,
Orleans, France 2001



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