Swiss architect Kathrin Simmen tells us how work experiences in China and Spain, as well as personal experiences with her family, have all inspired her to become a very diversified, young and aspiring Zurich-based architect. In the summer of 2012, Kathrin Simmen founded her own architecture office kathrinsimmen Architekten in Zurich and simultaneously started as teaching assistant at the ETH Zuerich for the visiting chair of Mathys & Stuecheli Architekten. Prior to that, she gained a great deal of practical experiences – both in her home country of Switzerland and abroad. “In 2005, I spent six months in Nanjing, China during my postgrad studies and was looking forward to learning and experiencing as much a sI could about Chinese architecture,” remembers Simmen.