OMNIBUS is an urban design and research practice created in 2009 by Noboru Kawagishi and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, two architects and urban designers graduated with a Master of Advanced Studies from ETH (Swiss Institute of Technology) in Zurich.
OMNIBUS is a trans-disciplinary structure, meant to be at crossroads of media, art, politics, illustration, landscape, architecture and urban design. OMNIBUS believes that architecture must open up towards other disciplines and should be political and controversial whenever needed.
OMNIBUS is currently engaged in several urban researches, many of which have been published, such as  ‘Future of Allotment gardens’  in the Swiss architecture magazine Trans or ‘Prostitution, migration, urban space’ in MAS Context and Camenzind. ‘Hardbrucke: The Shadow of the City’ has been published in the book ‘Infrastructural Urbanism‘. The research on Skopje has been published in San Rocco. Other works have been featured in Horizonte and Clog.

OMNIBUS lectured and taught workshops in several occasions, such as at the UIA in Tokyo, with the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje, the University of Seville, and the ETH.

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is born in Lyon, France and studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture (ENSA) in Marseille and at the Technische Universität (TU) Vienna, Austria. She collaborated with several offices, such as Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna (Austria), Sangath in Ahmedabad (India) and OOS, Zurich (Switzerland). She was a researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore in 2013. She is currently involved in research and teaching  at the Chair of Architecture and Design of ETH with Marc Angélil, writing her PhD on food systems and the built environment.

Noboru Kawagishi is born in Ishikawa, Japan and studied at Niigata University, Japan and at ETH in Zurich. He has been collaborating with KCAP/Zurich (Switzerland) and other offices in Japan.

They live and work between Zurich and Tokyo.