Yorgos Simeoforidis



Yorgos Simeoforidis died prematurely of a heart attack last February in Lugano. Born in Athens in 1955, Simeoforidis studied architecture in Florence, Philadelphia and the Architectural Association in London, where he taught history and theory. He also taught at the universities of Milan and Mendrisio, where he focussed on the study of urban development. A prolific critic and editor, he wrote a large number of articles for the most important European publications, founded the publishing house Untimely Books and co-directed, with Yannis Aesopos, the magazines Tefkos and Metapolis. With the links between architecture, nature and the city as his main subject of research, death caught him by surprise when he was working on a systematic comparison between the urban landscapes of Europe, Asia and America. A polyglot and keen traveler, he was one of the driving forces of the debate of contemporary architecture in Greece, exerting a catalyzing role in exhibitions and competitions such as Europan. To honor his memory, the Scientific Committee of this institution shall found the Simeoforidis Association to continue his work.

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