Vassilis Colonnas, Professor of Architecture, University of Thessaly Three lectures on Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Greek Architecture

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 14:30 to Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 14:30

"Thessaloniki Before and After the Fire of 1917" "Urban Space in Cavafy's Poetry" "Greek Architects in the Ottoman Empire. The Case of Constantinople (19th-20th Centruries)" Professor Vassilis Colonas graduated from the School of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1979 and continued his studies in Paris, in the fields of monument restoration (Centre des Études Supérieures d’ Histoire et de Conservation des Monuments Anciens, 1979-81) and art history and museology (University of Paris I, 1979-1985), while at the same time working in the French Academy of Architecture (1982-1985). He earned his doctorate from the School of Architecture at Aristotle University in 1992. He has taken part in numerous academic conferences in Greece and abroad, and has published studies in Greek and foreign books and periodicals. He has been involved in the rehabilitation and restoration of historic monuments and complexes and won awards in related architectural competitions. He has worked in the fields of exhibition organization and museology, and has been a member of numerous research programs relating to the architectural heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean countries. He has taught in post-graduate seminars at the Metsovion Polytechneion of Athens (1998-2001), Princeton University (1994, 1998) and the University of Crete (2000-02, 2005). Since 2002, he has held the post of Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Thessaly. In 1999 he was awarded the title of the Chevalier of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his work on 19th-century Italian architects in the Ottoman Empire. His last book is a study of the Italian Architecture in the Dodecanese (1912-1943), (OLKOS Publications, Athens 2002). This event was sponsored by the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)