as cardpostal


a walk to...


...Ada's cafe


neat work


Gould Hall

The atrium of Gould Hall, University of Washington. 
Learn more about the department history [link] & about College of Built Environments [link]


walk commute


Washington Shoe Building

Washington Shoe Building at the corner of S. Jackson & Occidental street, where Olson Kundig Architects have their office.

Built 1892, Additions 1912 and 1930, Renovated 2001 
To read about the history of the building, visit arcadenw.org [LINK]


Panama Hotel

Photograph found in Historic Panama Hotel [LINK] Photographed in 1929.


living with history

Panama Hotel, Seattle


single soho shot


stairs and facades


NY exhibitions

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bz @dialogues

excited to be part of DIALOGUES this April in NY

GIANY presents DIALOGUES, a concise and fast-paced, multiple-speaker event, presented by multidisciplinary professionals, covering a widely diverse range of subjects, in relation to the notion of shelter. DIALOGUES will be part of “A Shelter for Architecture” [SfA], which will take place on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at the Consulate General of Greece in New York. During that evening, the Consulate itself will become a shelter for architecture and a platform for exchange of ideas between architects, scholars, educators, and the general public. DIALOGUES aspire on creating a map of ideas that take on the definition of shelter and reinterpret it through diverse lenses. Architects, Engineers, Artists, Choreographers, Scientists, Psychologists and other professionals will contribute to a general dialogue on shelter.

Emanuel Admassu  Assistant Professor, RISD, Principal, AD-WO
Between Content and Container
Marcello Bardi  Gallerist, Solivagant* Gallery and Project Space, New York
The Solivagant* shelter; New dynamics for presenting visual arts
Rachel Barnard  Designer, Public Artist, Executive Director, Young New Yorkers
Public Spaces of Justice 
Mark J. Blechner  Psychoanalyst, William Alanson White Institute, Prof. of Psychology, NYU
Psychiatric Shelter and the Womb
Felipe Correa  Partner, Somatic Collaborative, Ass. Prof. and Director, Urban Design Program, Harvard GSD
Shelter, Domesticity and the South American New Frontier
Justin Den Herder  PE, Senior Engineer, Associate, Silman Structural Engineers
Forces of Nature
Eva Franch i Gilabert  Architect, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Ignacio González Galán  Architect, Adj. Ass. Prof. Columbia University GSAPP, Chief Curator, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016
William Hirst  Professor of Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York
Shelter as a Memory Palace
Nikos Katsikis  Doctor of Design, Research Associate, Harvard GSD
From Shelter to Habitat
Christoph Kumpusch  Architect, director, Forward-slash (/), Core I Coordinator, Columbia University GSAPP
The day after tomorrow will be yesterday
Amanda Loulaki  Dance Artist, Curator, Dance Educator, Movement Research Programing Director
Finding refuge. My body, the shelter.
Matthias Neumann  dipl.-ing. normaldesign; Adjunct Faculty, City College of New York
Dimitris Papanikolaou  Architect, engineer, Post Doctoral researcher, Harvard GSD
The Shelter as a Medium of Living: Investigations on Form, Information, and Computation across Scales
Nathan Rich  Architect, Peterson Rich Office
Rafi Segal  Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, MIT, Principal, Rafi Segal A+U
Make Love Not War 
Ian Strange  Artist
Final Act

Zenovia Toloudi  Architect and artist, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
Experimental Shelters - Essential Pavilions
David Van Der Leer  Executive Director, Van Alen Institute
Revisiting Behaviorism
Lydia Venieri  Visual Artist
Bubbles - The Shelter of a Thought
Adonis Volanakis  Artist, Visiting Professor, Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Philoxenia, a Collaborative Social Practice

Moderated by
Ivi Diamantopoulou, Eirini Tsachrelia, Loukia Tsafoulia, Parina Vasilopoulou

Organized by
Constantine Bouras, Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos, Dimitra Tsachrelia
Date: April 15th 2016, 6:30 - 10:30PM
Exhibition Venue
Consulate General of Greece in New York / 69 E79th Street

Sponsored by



on public-ness

It was a pleasure to present my work along with the company of Frances Hsu (Aalto University) and Sally Harrison (Temple University), as part of "Knowledge in the Public Interest" panel moderated by Nadia M. Harrison (Iowa State University) during ACSA 104 in Seattle. Frances presented an exciting overview of architectural initiatives, such as the Helsinki Design Lab, to engage the government, Finnish parliament and the broader public in dialogue through workshops and other activities with the ultimate goal to improve (life in) the city. My presentation dealt with experimental pedagogical methods that rely on installations and exhibitions (the artistic approach). By comparing and contrasting two exhibitions developed during my Thesis Lab studio at WIT, I showed how public-ness starts within the class, and within each institution, and how we can educate civic-minded architects. Sally spoke of gentrification (the moment when cafes popup and rents go up, the poor are being displaced, and white people drive bikes around) in heterogenous cities, in particular the example of Philadelphia, and efforts made during her course to integrate communities and create shared amenities (in a City Hall fashion) at the borders of conflicting neighbourhoods through hybrid design, short-term interventions, and speculative projects. 

The diversity of approaches in the panel was helpful to quickly move away from discussions on particular community engagements, to the mapping of constructing knowledge on public-ness. What became clear in our panel, was that the role of architect is changing, or needs to (still) change, beyond that of simply serving models of profit. We discussed matters related to the right to the city, the need of an architectural activism, and an architectural and/or educational revolution. I was particularly excited to hear other people bringing up as well the problematics of licensing exams and internships, in relation to money-making and profitable enterprises. At the end, questions concluded to the simple but essential: How to create a better city?




λαγάνα / lagana (bread)

Happy Clean Monday & Καλή Σαρακοστή!

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