The Greek Institute of Architects in New York [GIANY] launched its GIANY Lecture Series with a lecture by the prominent architect Elia Zenghelis on Wednesday, March 4th in New York.
The lecture was held at the Press and Communication Office of the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations and was well attended by the vast majority of the GIANY members, as well as other architects.
Elia Zenghelis is considered to be one of the most influential architects and contributors to the architectural education of the latest half century. He has widely taught, among others, at the Architectural Association and the UCL in London, at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf, at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, at the EPFL in Lausanne, the ETH in Zurich and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, at the Architecture School of the University of Thessaly, at well as at Columbia and Yale University in the US.
The topic of the lecture was “The Private and the Collective: Ideas, Principles and Projects” and Mr. Zenghelis referred to his work, from the years of his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas as a co-founder of OMA [Office for Metropolitan Architecture], up to the later years of his GZA Office. He described how “the idea of composition has remained paramount throughout his architectural path”.
Through these series of lectures, GIANY aspires to render more widely known the Greek architects and their interesting contemporary architectural production.
GIANY [Greek Institute of Architects in New York] was founded in 2013 and has since been aiming to bring together the Greek architects who live and practice in New York. Through its actions, GIANY plays a central role within the Greek architectural community in New York, as a platform for sharing architectural ideas, strengthening its members’ professional voices, advocating for the work of Greek architects of New York, and acting as a social initiative.