Dr. Anna Grichting is a Swiss architect and urbanist and holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University. The founder and director of Bordermeetings and a researcher at the Geneva University of Art and Design on the Policies and Practices of Memorialization in Public Space, her work focuses on border landscapes in areas of conflict and their transformation as biological and cultural landscapes of memory.
She is working on a Digital and Dynamic Atlas of Ecological Cooperation with Dr. Saleem Ali and directing the GreenLineScapes Laboratory on the Buffer Zone of Cyprus. Anna has taught Theory and Design studios at the Universities of Geneva and Harvard and has lectured worldwide.
She has built an ecological house in Arzier, created urban scenographies and ephemeral structures and light projects for a music festival in the old city of Geneva, and performed with music projects and sound architectures in Switzerland, the US, Pakistan and Egypt. A Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Peace and Security at the University of Vermont, She is also is on the Advisory Board of the Korea DMZ Council and an active member of Friends of Nature Cyprus and of the DZF German Cypriot Forum.
Anna seeks a holistic approach to her research and projects, re-integrating ancient knowledge with new technologies, reconnecting isolated disciplines and divided territories, rebalancing masculine and feminine energies, with the aim of restoring a healthy planet and living environment. She is inspired by the wisdom of the Iroquois Nation which holds appropriate to think seven generations ahead (a couple hundred years into the future) and decide whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future.
"Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation."