Podium discussion with Lars Müller and William Stout

Two publishers will discuss the passion of creating books, the art of publishing and the tactile qualities within the field of graphic design.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


November 17, 2006 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Two very special and dedicated publishers will engage in a discussion about the personal passion they feel for creating their wonderful books. This discussion will cover five Swiss books by Lars Müller, and five American books by William Stout, and what is involved in making them. This podium discussion, moderated by Balz Mueller, will offer the opportunity to learn more about the art of publishing. The podium discussion will be followed by interactions and conversations over finger food.


Lars Müller

Lars Müller was born in Norway, and has lived in Switzerland since 1963. He opened his studio in Baden in 1982 to produce independent publications with the best possible finished quality. Lars Müller Publishers has made a world-wide name for itself with carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary photography.

William Stout

William Stout started a little-known architectural bookshop on Montgomery Street over 30 years ago. From its beginnings, his shop became not only an invaluable resource, but a meeting place for architects to display projects and ideas. After 20 years of selling books, Bill Stout decided to make them as well. He began William Stout Publishing in 1995 with the reissue of important source documents that had gone out of print.

Balz Müller

Balz Müller started his architecture education in Switzerland and finished his degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. He is a co-author of Solar Projections Version 1.0. And the executive Editor of 5×2 Research and the Making of Architecture. He is a lecturer at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley, is actively engaged in various cross-cultural art and architecture projects, and researches sustainable materials.


6.30 pm doors open
7.00 pm welcome by swissnex;
podium discussion with Lars Müller and William Stout, moderated by Balz Müller, local Swiss architect
8.00 pm networking and finger food
9.30 pm doors close


Photo: Myleen Hollero