The Image as Storyline: Elia Zenghelis Lecture
Elia Zenghelis is a cofounder of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and current principal of Gigantes Zinghelis Architects (GZA), Athens, Greece.
During the 1980s, Zenghelis was the partner in charge of OMA London and OMA Athens. In 1987 he established Gigantes Zenghelis Architects with Eleni Gigantes in Athens. Since 1991, they also have had a branch office in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Zenghelis is a tenured professor of architecture at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts and was a guest professor for the fall 2015 semester at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. He previously taught at the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Rotterdam, and the Architectural Association, London, for 20 years, and at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland, from 2002 to 2007. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Thessaly in Greece, which recently awarded him an honorary doctorate. He has been a visiting faculty member at countless universities in the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Zenghelis has served as an external examiner at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London; the Architectural Association; and the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland; and seven times as juror on the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. As an architect, he won the Mies van Der Rohe Award for his work on Checkpoint Charlie (Berlin, 1989), the first project Gigantes Zinghelis Architects produced as an office, and the Eternit Architecture Award for the same building. He has served the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Environment in numerous appointments, including as commissioner for the Greek Architecture Pavilion at the 2000 Venice Biennale.
In 2000, Zenghelis received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectual Education from the Royal Institute of British Architects, and in 2002 he was awarded the UIA Jean Tschumi Prize from the International Union of Architects for his international impact on architectural education.
His lecture is part of the 2016-17 ISU Department of Architecture Lecture Series.