Author(s): Simos Vamvakidis
This book presents a series of contemporary, diverse and innovative design strategies that vary in form, function and design intent. The common denominator of all projects is the alternative and/or experimental approach of combining both private and public spaces. It shows design approaches with complex programmes, innovative and socially and financially sustainable approach. 'Innovative Architecture Strategies' aims to help understand the different design approaches that can be followed when called to propose a concept and design an innovative mixed-use building. It's also a guide, point of reference, and inspiration book. The book demonstrates an analytical and clear way to cenceptualize, explain and present a mixed- use design project. Each project in the book is selected for its different form, function, technique and design intent. They all offer a clear example of a de- sign project. The diverse design approaches are presented in ten chapters. Each chapter begins with explaining the main concept behind the specific design approach and with a reference to a built precedent.
Simos Vamvakidis holds a BSc in Civil engineering and a five year Diploma degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He also holds a Master's in Architecture degree (MArchII) from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), Usa. He is PhD candidate at NTUA, focusing on small scale architectural installations using digital and parametric design tools as well as computer aided manufacturing. His teaching experience includes architecture schools in the UK, Greece and Lebanon, where he taught 4th and 5th year design studios as a Lecturer and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. A number of awards in international architectural competitions have being awarded to SVstudio, a practice he founded in 2006. He has also built a number of retail and housing projects in Greece and the Usa. Research papers and built or project proposals of his have being published in international conferences and magazines throughout the world, such as eCAADe, FRAME and Archdaily. His past experience extends to international architecture firms such as UNstudio in Amsterdam and Dax studio in Los Angeles, where he worked as an architect. He is a licensed architect in Greece and his work has been exhibited at the young architects Bienalle in Greece in 2015, 2013 and 2011. He has been invited as an external examiner in 4th and 5th year design studios in Liverpool, Athens, Nicosia, Beirut and Izmir.