Joseph Schwartz has been Full Professor of Structural Design at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich since February 2008. He was born in 1957 and obtained his Diploma in civil engineering from ETH Zurich in 1981 and his doctoral degree in 1989. His dissertation on the subject of non linear stability of masonry walls and reinforced concrete columns was awarded the ETH silver medal. Since 2002 he is owner of a civil engineering office in Zug involved in the design of building structures in close cooperation with several leading Swiss architects ( f.e. Ch. Kerez). Prof. Schwartz is chairman of the Swiss structural masonry code committee.