Guest Lecture Series

Stefanos Roimpas
How not to answer questions
A discussion between education and practice

The lecture will be introduced by Dr Marco Iuliano

5pm, 5th May,
Budden Lecture Theatre,
Liverpool School of Architecture.

Stefanos Roimpas (Athens, 1989) is a young architect currently pursuing his research on architecture and the 4th dimension at the University of Cambridge.

In 2010 he graduated from École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA, Paris) under the supervision of Sir Peter Cook. His diploma project, The Lens City, was shortlisted for the RIBA silver medal and exhibited at Portland Place in London. At the age of 21 he was assistant professor for year 1 students at the ESA and has been actively involved with juries in numerous schools like the AA, Bartlett, Brighton, Oxford Brookes. 

Roimpas has acquired experience in both small and large scale practices. In 2011 he worked for CRABstudio in London, having a leading role in competition projects. He then moved to Rotterdam joining OMA from 2012-14 as a Junior Architect, working from research and competitions, to large scale urban planning briefs. In 2014, Roimpas assumed the role of curator for the Cyprus pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale with the interactive installation ‘Anatomy of the Wallpaper’.

The lecture will focus on the importance of drawing and model making in the challenging territory between ideas and reality. Between education and practice. Our discipline, is intrinsically connected with the need of generating a form of knowledge, much like science or philosophy, in the form of notions and concepts about reality and the three dimensional (or not) world we occupy. The need to materialize such theories puts the architect in a fascinating position of answering questions without knowing the complete answer. Fundamentally, he is rarely confronting architecture. However, he is challenging multidimensional conditions, which eventually confront architectural questions. The creative and Sisyphean nature of design process where actions take you no closer to the final destination will be examined through his personal work and examples from both academic and completed projects.