BUILT IDEAS EXHIBITION AT BENAKI MUSEUM IN ATHENS

We are very pleased to announce that the exhibition “Built Ideas: A Life of  Learning, Teaching and Action”, celebrating the work of architect and educator Theoharis David FAIA during a period of 43 years, will be presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens from December 13, 2012 until January 13, 2013.

“Built Ideas”, curated by architect Christoph a. Kumpusch PhD., was first presented at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture in March 2012 with great success. The opening of the exhibition at Pratt was introduced by the late visionary architect Lebbeus Woods.

The 19 mostly realized works shown through models, photographs and the architect’s concept drawings, demonstrate the interweaving of four primary architectural idea themes: Ground/Topio, Precedent/Proigoumeno, Symbolism/Symvolismos and Art/Techni.

These “built ideas” include significant works of architecture in Cyprus such as sports stadia and arenas, private residences, urban housing, educational facilities and hybrid corporate structures. Executed projects in New York are recognized religious buildings and a study for a Greek Orthodox Church at the WTC site. The work of Theo’s students, from the start of his teaching career in 1969 at Pratt Institute and subsequently in Nicosia, Athens, and Rome, developed in parallel with his own work, is also being shown.

The exhibition is accompanied by a printed catalog in English with Greek translations www.built-ideas.info.   

The opening reception will take place on Thursday December 13th at 8:00pm, at the new Benaki Museum building located at 138 Pireos Street, Athens.

The exhibition will also travel to Nicosia, Cyprus in February-March 2013.

“Built Ideas” is co-organized by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Benaki Museum with the generous support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, the Nicosia Municipality, the University of Cyprus Department of Architecture and Pratt Institute School of Architecture.