Lectures: "Entering self-isolation mode", "How should architects play their historical role today?", "Galvanizing the City!", "I’ve seen it before. A visual journey around the world through different contexts."
From 1992 to 1999 he taught in the university’s Institute of Urban Design and, from 2003 to 2009 in the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Kraków Frycz Modrzewski Academy. Since 1988 he has worked with the architect Kazimierz Łatak and in 1995 they founded their own studio, Biuro Projektów Lewicki Łatak which, renowned in the area, has won several prizes in architecture competitions for projects including the Ghetto Heroes Square, Nowy Square, the Krakow Centenary Stadium, and the Kazimierz, a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Vistula River in Ludwinów. The Heroes of the Ghetto Square received an Honorary Mention in the European prize for Urban Public Space (Barcelona 2006) and the Gold Award in the Urban Quality Award (Frankfurt am Main, 2011). The Biuro Projektów Lewicki Łatak studio also received the SARP Prize for Architectural Design in 2004 and the Annual Award from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2018.
Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury (1968) is the son of Khalil Khoury (1929-2008), exponent of the modernism movement in architecture. Bernard Khoury spent his adolescence in Beirut during the civil war (1975-1990), completing his studies in the USA and graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Two years later he obtained his Masters degree from Harvard. Returning to Beirut, he began his professional career and founded the DW5 architectural practice in 1993. During the post-civil war period, the city and its urban landscape became Khoury’s workshop and source of inspiration. Bernard Khoury was awarded, by the municipality of Rome, the honorable mention of the Borromini Prize given to architects under forty years of age. He was the architect and co-curator of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2014. He is the co-founder of the Arab Center for Architecture.
Erick van Egeraat is a Dutch architect and author. He heads the architectural practice based in Rotterdam with offices in Moscow, Budapest and Prague. He is best known for his projects of ING Group Headquarters in Budapest,Drents Museum in Assen, The Rock tower in Amsterdam, Incineration line in Roskilde,Main building and Auditorium in Leipzig University and the Corporate University of Sberbank in Moscow. He is the winner of RIBA Award 2007, Best Building Award 2011&2012and European Property Award 2013. April 26, 2016, Erick van Egeraat was decorated ‘Officer in the order of Oranje Nassau.This decoration was presented to Erick van Egeraat by the Mayor of Rotterdam, on behalf of the King of the Netherlands.
As an architect, Șerban is always interested in the evolution of architecture towards a better future. He strongly believes in its power to change the world if architecture becomes part of the general awareness of everybody. He was rewarded with the Medal Bene Merenti, offered by the University of Architecture an Urbanism Ion Mincu Bucharest for merits in representing the profession of architect, the Medal of Excellence offered by the Media Association and the Toffee offered for the entire activity of his practice, by Bursa Construcțiilor. As a practitioner, Șerban is working as managing partner of Dico and Țigănaș architecture and engineering
Alexandru Găvozdea founded the architectural office a. plan (2006). He graduated from the University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu in Bucharest in 2004 and received a Master degree in Conservation of Built Heritage in 2007. He is a certified urban planner by the Romanian Urbanists’ Register (2007; 2009) and assessor for the court of law, certified by the Ministry of Justice (2011). He was elected president of the Romanian Order of Architects on the 1st of July, 2018.
"How should architects play their historical role today?”
Architecture should reinvent itself and reevaluate its societal role. We should try to understand the world of pirates, the sour realities that can shake our confined comfort zones. We should try to perform where we were told that the architectural act was impossible.
We should use this type of moments, not to find fundamental answers to fundamental questions, or to find universal solutions. What I would like to see happening is that people now use the opportunity which they have to make exceptional value in the place where they work, for the people they work for
“Entering the self isolation-mode”
I believe that we always respond to the questions market and clients ask us, so I believe what we do is just mirroring the economy.