Rufer-Eckmann, Claire Architectural Collection

A Guide to the Claire Rufer-Eckmann Architectural Collection, 1928-1935, 1952, 1958 Ms.1998.018


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1998.018
Title
Claire Rufer-Eckmann Architectural Collection,1928-1935, 1952, 1958
Quantity
3.1 Cubic Feet 1 box, 6 oversize folders
Creator
Rufer-Eckmann, Claire, 1914-1974
Language
The materials in the collection are in German.
Abstract
Claire Rufer-Eckmann (1914-1974). Architect of Bern, Switzerland. Collection consists of architecture class notes taken by Rufer-Eckmann at l'École Polytechnique Federale de Zurich, 1928-1935, original sketches and a report on her travels in Sweden and Finland in the late 1930s, and over forty working drawings created by her as part of SAFFA 58, an exhibition of women's roles in Switzerland.

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

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Source of Acquisition

The Claire Rufer-Eckmann Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1998.


Biographical Note

Claire Rufer-Eckmann (1914-1974) was born in Wabern, Switzerland and died in Bern. Before receiving her architecture degree in 1937, Rufer-Eckmann traveled to Sweden and Finland, studying under Gunnar Asplund and Alvar Aalto. She returned to Sweden in 1938 and lived there for two years eventually writing an unpublished report on her travels to Sweden and its architecture illustrated with ink drawings of plans and views of important buildings (present in collection).

1942 saw her return to Bern where she began to work with her husband Oskar Rufer, a developer and architect. They remained in practice together for 34 years. Their firm handled a wide variety of projects from shopping centers, theaters, schools, residential, and factories. Rufer-Eckmann specialized in design while her husband concentrated on management and development. Oskar Rufer closed the office upon Claire's death in 1974.

Rufer-Eckmann also participated in SAFFA 58 (The Swiss Exhibition for Women's Work) an exhibition held in Zurich, that focused on "women in the family, occupation and state." These exhibitions were organized and produced entirely by women and the exhibition buildings for SAFFA 58 were designed and built by Swiss women architects.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains student notes from her studies at l'Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Zurich, notes and original drawings from her travels in Sweden and Finland, and several oversize folders containing 46 architectural drawings: designs of 2 pavilions for SAFFA 58, 2 drawings of Chalet Meleria in Valmont, a large drawing of Zurich, and 10 pages of accompanying notes.

Related Material

See also SAFFA 58 Architectural Drawings, 1958 .

Subjects and Indexing Terms


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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Class notes taken by Eckmann at the ETH-Zurich, while a student: Baustatik 1 [Structural Analysis],
1928-1933
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Class notes taken by Eckmann at the ETH-Zurich, while a student: Hochbau in Stahl [Building in steel],
1935
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Class notes taken by Echmann at the ETH-Zurich, while a student: Hochbau in Eisenbeton [Construction of reinforced concrete],
1935
folder box: 1 folder: 4
Notes taken by Eckmann at the ETH-Zurich, while a student: Hochbau in Holz [Building in wood],
1935
box-folder 1 folder: 5
Notes taken by Echmann at the ETH-Zurich, while a student.
box-folder 1 folder: 6
Notes from studies and travels to Sweden and Finland. Original drawings.
oversize folder: 1
Architectural drawings, drawings for SAFFA 58,
1958
oversize folder: 2
Architectural drawings, drawings for SAFFA 58,
1958
oversize folder: 3
Architectural drawings, drawings for SAFFA 58,
1958
oversize folder: 4
Architectural drawings, drawings for SAFFA 58,
1958
oversize folder: 5
Architectural drawings, drawings for SAFFA 58,
1958
oversize folder: 6
Architectural drawings, Stadt Zurich, Chalet Meleria, SAFFA 58 drawings,
1952; 1958