Being at the leading edge of science, engineering and innovation has always been synonymous with ETH Zurich. With names like Albert Einstein on the alumni list, how could it not? ETH Student Project House, a space built for the creative community within ETH, shares the same DNA of innovation but takes a more hands-on approach.
At the Student Project House, students can work in an interdisciplinary manner on their own projects in parallel with their studies (so no extra credit points). It is a space where they are encouraged to “think, make and break, show and connect”.
“Working with ETH is a matter of great pride, given their rich innovation-filled history. But for us, ETH has never been about history. Rather the opposite. We believe that the Student Project House represents the future of creative problem-solving. Unlike traditional education, the process of learning by doing is more important than the outcome. In fact, it is the outcome. We wanted ETH students to embrace this idea and encourage them to dive into this joyful, messy, and rewarding learning journey.”, said FOUNDRY Founder and CEO, Sacha Moser.
The theme of a ‘joyfully messy journey to creation’ also addressed a core challenge for the Student Project House – making the space more approachable. Dr. Lucie Rejman, Head of ETH Student Project House explains, “It was important to reflect how open and welcoming the space is, especially for students who might not walk in the door with big ideas.
The rebranding of the Student Project House culminated in the launch of a refreshed website, and creative applications on social media platforms and across both ETH Student Project House locations in Zurich. This was supported by a campus-wide messaging campaign that built on the joy of discovery in chaos. Sacha Moser adds, “In more ways than one, the Student Project House is about getting your hands dirty. It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and being comfortable with being a little uncomfortable”.