Our work is created interdisciplinary and in dialog


sa_partners, led by Thomas Kovári and Dunja Kovári-Binggeli, is an international and multidisciplinary urban design and planning practice based in Zurich. As award-winning urbanists and leading experts on urban transformation in Switzerland, we have developed numerous international projects in a variety of fields and locations.

Through continuous research and an innovative approach, the agency has carried out works internationally that focuses on an ethos of sustainability and inclusion for an increasingly humane transformation of our cities.

Our dedicated team stands for personal commitment, creativity and efficient implementation. Intercultural competence and open-mindedness make our collaborations effective and productive.


Dunja Kovári-Binggeli

Dunja Kovári-Binggeli

Founding Partner

Studies in urban and territorial planning, TU Berlin and Vienna. Prize winner of prestigious Erwin-Stephan-Prize. Leader of national and international projects and research programmes on interdisciplinary collaboration and urban innovation. Author of the internationally released publications „12 steps to the City of People“ and „12 rules towards a good Urban Climate “. Climate envoy to the government of the City of Zurich.
Key competences: Integrated urban and territorial planning; strategic consultancy; spatial concepts and development strategies; trend research; urban innovations.

+41 44 515 25 20

Dr. sc. Thomas Kovári

Dr. sc. Thomas Kovári

Founding Partner

Architectural studies leading to a Dipl. Arch. ETH, membership of SIA and doctorate in sciences, Dr. sc. ETH Zurich. Collaboration in internationally operating architectural offices in London, Munich and Zurich. Dissertation, research and teaching at the chair of Architecture and Urban Design ETH Zurich, Prof. Kees Christiaanse. Prize winner of national and international urban design & planning competitions. Planning and implementation of complex and large scale developments in a national as well as international context (Europe, Central Asia, Middle East).

Key competences: Livable & Resilient City; Transformation of Industry-, Railway- & Harbour Areas; Masterplanning & Guidlines; Campus Design; Airport City; Downtown Development; High-rise Concepts; Climate Change Adaptation; Heritage & Urban Design; Branding & Revitalisation.

+41 44 515 25 20

Design Team

Dominique Erdin

Associate City- & Regional Development

Angela Wiest

Senior Associate Urban Design & Planning

Beat Lattmann

B.Sc. FHO Spatial Planner

Ipek Kahraman

M.Sc. TU Delft Urban Design

Sarah Mettan

M.Sc. ETH Spatial Development & Infrastructure Systems

Joel Bernet

B.Sc. FHO Spatial Planner

Andrei Jugarean

M.Sc. HCU Architektur

Aleksandra Scheifele

Dipl. Ing. TU Sarajevo

Nik Vögeli

Dipl. Ing. HTL Spatial Planner

Former Staff

Philipp Mohr, Simon Kretz, Benno Agreiter, Anca Ungureanu, Jürg Bachofen, Christian Schubarth, Cristina da Silva, Jasmine Kastani, Beatrice Luna, Andreas Rupf, Christian Zäch, Kristina Strecker, Victoria Nuyaksheva, Ana Nestrova, Vesna Ilic, Harry Leuter, Esther Frey, Elisa Brusa, Melania Marino, Saide Köppel, Lea von Moos, Stefan Girsberger


Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Amiri Diwan of the State of Qatar
State Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture Azerbaijan
SBB Real Estate
Aargau Services
Canton Aargau
Canton Basel-Landschaft
Canton Obwalden
Canton Genf
Canton St. Gallen
Canton Tessin
Office for Economic Affairs St. Gall
City of Bellinzona
City of Karlsruhe [GER]
City of Geneva
City of Lucern
City of Winterthur
City of Chur
City of Bellinzona
City of Yverdon-les-Bains
City of Sargans
City of Schlieren
City of Bülach
City of Kreuzlingen
City of Buchs
City of Rheinfelden
City of Rapperswil-Jona
Municipality Niederlenz, AG
Municipality Uznach, SG
Municipality Nesslau, SG
Municipality Bad Zurzach, AG
Municipality Bonstetten, ZH
Municipality Lindau, ZH
Municipality Lauterach [A]
Municipality Sarnen, OW
Municipality Reinach, AG
Municipality Engelberg, OW
Municipality Kriens, LU
Municipality Horw, LU
Municipality Bernex, GE
Municipality d'Ambilly, GE
Municipality Böttstein, AG
Municipality Quarten, SG
Municipality Flums, SG
Municipality Zumikon, ZH
Zurich Airport AG
Shell Group Switzerland
Pöyry Inc.
SBB Real Estate
Harbours of Trinational Agglomeration Basel [CH, GER, FR]
Migros Cooperative Zurich
Bracher & Partner AG
Frutiger Group
Rust Real Estate AG
Birchmeier Group
Karl Vögele AG
Stiftung Gesundheitsförderung Bad Zurzach + Baden
Bergbahnen Flumserberg AG
Uznaberg AG
Zurich Insurance
Allianz Insurance
AEW Energie AG
V-ZUG Real Estate
Elma Electronic AG
Siburban Lab [RUS]
ETH Zurich
Swiss National Fund (SNF)
University of App. Sc. Saint Gall
University Saint Gall
Jointmasters of Architecture Burgdorf-Fribourg-Geneva
TU Irkutsk [RUS]
Strelka [RUS]
Metropolitan conference Zurich
Association LuzernPlus
Regional Association Baden Regio
Regional Association Zurzibiet
Regional Association Weinland (ZPW)
Regional Association ZürichseeLinth
Regional conference Nördlich Lägern
Regional Association Hochrhein - Bodensee [D]
VSGU - Verband Schweizerischer Generalunternehmer