After completing his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker with a diploma in Basel, Werner Blaser traveled to Scandinavia in 1949. In addition to his visits to Cael Larsson and Bruno Mathsson, he worked as an intern for Alvar Aalto in Helsinki. Here, among other things, he was responsible for cataloging the Artek furniture and for furnishing work on the cargo ship “Fintrader”.
His passion for architecture led Blaser to the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1951 . In the architecture department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), he took a photography course, among other things, which enabled him to make his first contact with Miles van der Rohe. During his stays in Chicago, Blaser made the acquaintance of personalities such as Ludwig Hilberseimer, Walter Peterhans , Alfred Caldwell, Georg Danforth, Daniel Brenner, Gene Summer, Ogden Hannaford and Joe Fujikawa.