Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at ETH Zürich.
He earned his PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin in 1993 after studying in Geneva, Vienna and Berlin and his Habilitation at ETH Zurich in 1999. He taught at the University of Geneva, the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, the GSAPP of Columbia University New York, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture and the University of Zürich.
His research deals with the history of modern and contemporary art and architecture with a focus on North American art in the 1960s and 1970s and European architecture since the 1980s. He is the editor of Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History (Lars Müller Publishers, 2002) and Caruso St John: Almost Everything (Poligrafa, 2008) and author of Die Kunst der Gegenwart: 1960 bis heute (Beck, 2010) and Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art (University of California Press, 2013).