Roth, Alfred

views updated

Roth, Alfred (1903–98). Swiss architect. He established his position within International Modernism by collaborating with Le Corbusier and Jeanneret-Gris on two houses for the Weissenhofsiedlung (1927), described in Zwei Wohnhäuser von Le Corbusier und Pierre Jeanneret (Two Houses by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret—1927), and later published his reminiscences in Begegnung mit Pionieren (Meeting with Pioneers—1973). He was a member of the Swiss CIAM group, through which he obtained his celebrated commission for the Doldertal Apartment Block, Zürich (1935–6), designed with his cousin Emil Roth (1893–1980) and Marcel Breuer for Giedion. From 1934 he edited the CIAM journal, Weiterbauen, published The New Architecture (1939), and edited Werk from 1942 to 1956. He was influential in publicizing modern Swiss architecture and the International style.


J. Gubler (1975);
A. Roth (1946, 1973, 1977);
Jane Turner (1996);