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Mr Asterios Agkathidis DipArch MA ARB

Senior Lecturer Architecture


Personal Statement

Asterios studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the RWTH Aachen, completing his postgraduate MA studies in Advanced Architectural Design at the Staedelschule Architecture Class (Frankfurt). Being a registered architect in Greece since 2000, he became a partner at b&k+ (Cologne), then worked for VMX architects (Amsterdam). After working for OMA that same year, he later founded the architecture and research laboratory a3lab Frankfurt-Thessaloniki and has been planning and realising projects around the world since then. His work has been published, awarded and exhibited widely. His research, teaching and lecturing experiences include the AdbK Nuremberg, TU Darmstadt, AU Thessaloniki, University of Thessaly, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Columbia University and the Staedelschule Architecture Class. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University and Senior Lecturer at Raffles Design Institute Shanghai. Today he is a Senior Lecturer for Digital Design, Programme Director for the MA in Architecture, PGT Lead in Architecture at the University of Liverpool, HEA Fellow and a registered Architect in the UK (ARB) and Greece (TEE). His 8th book 'Sustainable Retrofits' was published by Routledge in June 2018. His current research activities are centred on research by design, parametric design, generative design, adaptive/interactive design, material computation, 3D/4D printing, VR/AR, robotics and digital fabrication.

Prizes or Honours

  • Best Paper, ASCAAD 2022 (ASCAAD conference 2022, 2022)
  • FabFest.London Exhibition, Most Impressive Pavilion (Hawthorn Prize) (University of Westminter, 2018)
  • Gold Medal for Dark Matter Garden, Chelsea Flower Show (Royal Horticultural Society , 2015)
  • RIBA Research Trust Award (RIBA London, 2013)
  • Solar Prize 2011 (EUROSOLAR, European Association for Renewable Energy, 2011)
  • Honorable Mention (Best Greek Architect Abroad) (Hellenic Architecture Association, 2010)
  • Honorable Mention (Architectural Competition) (Greek Architects, 2008)
  • 4th Prize (Architectural Competition) (Hamm City Council, 2007)
  • 3d Prize (Architectural Competition) (Domes magazine, 2007)
  • 2nd Prize (Architectural Competition) (Proteas AE & Domes Magazine, 2006)
  • 3d Prize (Architectural Competition) (Wuppertal Citi Council, 2003)
  • 1st Prize (Architectural Competition) (Holmbladsgade City Council, 2003)
  • 1st Prize (Architectural Competition) (DLR, 2002)
  • 3d Prize (Architectural Competition) (Dresden City Council, 2002)
  • 1st Prize (Thessaloniki City Council, 2000)