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SHORT BIO

 

Vassiliki-Maria Plavou is mostly an architect. She is a constantly moving designer working in the fields of art, architecture and culture. Her interdisciplinary practice has engaged collaborations with artists, curators, architects, fashion designers, editors and cultural institutions. Recent projects include exhibition design for Benaki Museum, artist’s books for Maria Papadimitriou, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art and La Biennale di Venezia. Her projects have been featured at Kerb Journal, MAS CONTEXT and MOUSSE Magazine. Along her professional practice, Vassiliki-Maria shares research interests on gendered geographies, new materialism and architectural operations in the digital era.  

 

 

EDUCATION

2011 – 2013

University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture: Postgraduate Specialization Diploma (PSD) in Architectural Design.

(with honors : 9,83/10)

2005 – 2011

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture: Diploma in Architectural Engineering.

(with honors : 8,81/10)

2005

6th School of Trikala: Graduation.

(with honors)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2014

Instructor along with Fotis Sagonas, at the 3D PRINTING WORKSHOP, at SNFCC Visitors Center (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center), November 2014.

Adjunct Instructor at the undergraduate studio METROPOLITAN INSTALLATIONS FOR POLITICAL PERFORMATIVITY, at University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture (Spring 2014) instructed by Zisis Kotionis.

2012

Adjunct Instructor at the Sweet X|Architecture: Advanced Design Workshop at the New Benaki Museum (Winter 2012) instructed by X|Atelier (Erick Carcamo, Nefeli Chatzimina).

Adjunct Instructort at the University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture for Design Studio I, Postgraduate Studies Program (Fall 2012) instructed by Elias Zenghelis.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2014

Participated at Photoreportaz exhibition at ROMANTSO in Athens with a screening on the 06/12/14 events in Greece, December 2014, curated by Alexios Papazacharias.

Organising the MC Redux Architectural Workshop and Exhibition at Maison Crystal in Thessaloniki, October 2014, curated by k&k architects.

[Project Team: k&k architects, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Fotis Sagonas, Foteini Filoxenidou].

Participated at the Minimum Stucture exhibition at ROMANTSO in Athens with the project Co-Authoring, October 2014, curated by Apostolis Artinos.

Participating at Worlds of Cityvision exhibition at WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles with the “Sinville Venice” (excerpt from the collaborative project “My story, my sin” along with Fotis Smouklis).

2013

Participated at MON3Y.US | *MON3Y as an ERROR, online event and exhibition with “MoneyMaker” work, curated by Vasily Zaitsev (June, www).

Participated at LUSTLANDS, vol. II On The Great Eastern (after Andreas Embiricos), with abstract from the “Homo Erectus” project, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou and Lakis & Aris Ionas/The Callas (Thermissia Argolidas).

Participated at Hell As Pavilion exhibition at Palais de Tokyo with the project “Urbanisme Electronique”, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis (February, Paris).

[Project Team: Lois Papadopoulos, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Yorgos Rimenidis].

Toposimo (the Landmark) of the Faliro Bay : Architectural Competition Drafts exhibition, participated with “Faliriko Metopo porposal” organized by Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, at Benaki Museum (February, Athens).

[Project Team: Yota Adilenidou, Chrysokona Mavrou, Alexandros Charidis, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou].

X|A Sweet Architecture Workshop exhibition, participated with “[Carpo]fora project” at Benaki Museum, curated by X|Atelier Architecture (December, Athens).

2012

X|A Omni[Progra]Chromatic Workshop exhibition, participated with “[Carpo]fora” project at Benaki Museum, curated by XAtelier Architecture (July,Athens).

Collecting Architecture Territories, participated with the team project “Ter(r)a.tory-Territories of terra forma” at DESTE Foundation, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Craig Buckley, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis (June-October, Athens).

[Project Team: Eftihis Efthimiou, Vaggelis Koutrogiannis, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Evy Tsolaki, Ioanna Xidi].

Incubator, installation and actions, participated with the “untraveller’s journal” project, curated by Evelyn Gavrilou, Iris Lykourioti, Costis Paniyiris, Lois Papadopoulos & Spyros Papadopoulos, part of “Architecture and the City in SE Europe” exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art (January,Thessaloniki).

2010

Urban Performance, participated with “Love me tender” project, curated by Stavros Vergopoulos & Dimitris Gourdoukis, part of “Nothing goes to waste” exhibition at Center of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, July).

[Project Team: Maria Chiou, Dimitra Koroni, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Aliki Samara, Fotis Smouklis].

 

PUBLICATIONS

2014

MOUSSE Magazine, mention of the project “Locus Erectus: Topography of Desire”  in Jennifer Allen’s text The End of Art in Public Space, October-November 2014 issue.

The Minimum Structure, Scenes of a Hut with the text “In Between Lines and Gazes,” edited by Apostolis Artinos, published by Kritiki Publications, p.66-73.

CCC: Critical Contemporary Culture with the project “Locus Erectus: Topography of Desire.” (forthcoming issue on PLAY)

2013

KERB Journal 21 with the project “AbsoleM-plifier”, ed. Dion Gery&William Kennedy&Harriet Robertson&Bella Leber Smeaton, published by melbourne books, p.42-45.

Mas Context issue Vol. 18 | Improbable, with the article “Netopias: Premonitions of Past Futures” (co-authoring with Eva Papamargariti), ed. Iker Gild.

Collecting Architecture Territories with the collaborative project “Ter(r)a.tory-Territories of terra forma”, at the DESTE/UTH catalogue, ed. Craig Buckley & Mark Wasiuta, published by GSAPP / Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, p.6-15. 

Populations of Fragments book with “Topographies of the Body”, for the aforementioned course at Postgraduate Studies Program at Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly (Fall-Winter 2011, Volos),  instructed and edited by Aristide Antonas, self published edition, p.218-277.

2012

Display: Didactics for a relational architecture, with the collaborative project “Hotel Concordia. Don’t Let Your Dreams Sink.”, ed. Marco Navarra, published by LetteraVentidue Edizioni.

2010

Architectural model lead to design, special issue 9, with the collaborative project “Love me Tender”, Damdi publications, Korea 2010, p. 832- 834.

Design net 7, vol.154, with the collaborative project “Love me Tender”,  Korea 2010, p.96.

Performative Geometries, Transforming Textile Techniques, with the collaborative project “Stratified Envelope”, ed. Asterios Agkathidis&Gabi Schillig, published by Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Faculty of Architecture & Studio Transitional Spaces, p. 86- 93.

2009

Compe 09: National Student Architectural Competition for the Campus of Department of Architecture  project catalogue, with the collaborative project “Para-sito”, ed. Zisis Kotionis, published by University of Thessally, 2009.

 

LECTURES

2014

“On Politics of the Streets”,  at the undergraduate studio “Metropolitan Installations for Political Performativity”, at University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture (Spring 2014) instructed by Zisis Kotionis.

2013

“Architectural Models”, at the undergraduate studio “Introduction to Architecture I”, instructed by Phoebe Giannisi, Giorgos Mitroulias, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis and George Papakonstantinou, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly.

2012

Presentation of the projects AbsoleM-plifier and Carpo.fora, at the undergraduate studio “Inward-robe”, instructed by Iris Licourioti and Evelyn Gavrilou, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly.

 

COMPETITION AWARDS

2013

Special mention at the A House for Pink Floyd competition.

[Project Team: Ethel Baraona Pohl, Cesar Reyes Najera, Eva Papamargariti, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou]

2012

Honorable mention at the New Concordia Island competition with the project “Hotel Concordia. Don’t Let Your Dreams Sink.”

[Project Team: Ethel Baraona Pohl, Cesar Reyes Najera, Eva papamargariti, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou]

2008

Honorable mention at the National Student Architectural Competition for the Campus of Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, in Pedion Areos,Volos.

[ Project Team: Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Fotis Smouklis]

 

AWARDS

2015

Received the first Prize for Best Book Cover and Best Artist’s Catalogue, with Maria Papadimitriou – ΦIRMA GYPSY GLOBALES artist’s book in Edition Category, Hellenic Graphic Design and Illustration Awards (EBGE).

2014

Received the first prize in Ermis Awards in Greece, at the category of Editorial Design, for the graphic design of the artist book “Maria Papadimitriou, ΦIRMA GYPSY GLOBALES”.

Received the first place award in the Hellenic Graphic Design and Illustration Awards (EBGE), for the graphic design of the book edition “Locus Erectus: topography of desire”, in the category of self-publications (among leading graphic designers). 

2012

Special mention at the X|A Omni[Progra]Chromatic Workshop, participated with [Carpo]fora project, curated by X|Atelier Architecture at Benaki Museum (July,Athens).

2007

I.K.Y (State Scholarships Foundation) Scholarships for the academic year 2005-2006 (entry year).

 

PROFESSIONAL

2015

Art Director & Designer for DESTE Prize 2015 at the Cycladic Art Museum in collaboration with DESTE Institute for Contemporary Art.

Graphic Designer for the visuals and exhibition catalogue of  Maria Papadimitriou – Why Look at Animals? AGRIMIKA for the Greek Natrional Participation in the 56th International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, in Venice.

Graphic Designer for the ameτρια exhibition installation graphics and typo-cartography catalogue, based on an idea of Roberto Cuoghi, at the New Benaki Museum in collaboration with DESTE Institute for Contemporary Art, in Athens.

Graphic Designer for Family Business pop-up exhibition press material, curated by Myriam Ben Salah, New Benaki Museum, in Athens.

Graphic Designer for Kim Gordon – Design Office: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands that are Broken Up exhibition installation graphics, at the Benaki Museum, in Athens.

 Design Consultant for Rowena Hughes – Liquid Library exhibition catalogue, that took place at the Athens University History Museum, in Athens.

Graphic Designer for The Space Between exhibition catalogue, curated by Locus Athens,in One Athens, Athens.

2014

Graphic designer for the book “Minimum Structure, Scenes of a Hut”, a book project with reference on the aforementioned exhibition, edited by Apostolis Artinos, published by Kritiki publications.

Graphic designer for the book ΦIRMA GYPSY GLOBALES, a collective art project by Maria Papadimitriou for destefashioncollection 2014 – published by DESTE publications.

Organising the MC Redux Architectural Workshop and Exhibition at Maison Crystal in Thessaloniki, October 2014, curated by k&k architects.

[Project Team: k&k architects, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Fotis Sagonas, Foteini Filoxenidou].

Coordinator for the International Comparative Workshop: Ritual Apparatuses for an Earth Memory, part of  Mémoires de la Terre research project, (June, Volos, Greece), organized by Renée Koch-Piettre (EPHE, ANHIMA), Odile Journet-Diallo (EPHE, IMAF), Phoebe Giannisi (UTH). 

Editing supervisor for the book FREE HOTELS, an art project by Maria Papadimitriou, published by postmedia books. 

2013

Architectural Designer for the ORIZON flagship store for insurance company along with X|Atelier (Erick Carcamo, Nefeli Chatzimina).

Assistant at curatorial affairs, architectural design and editorial assistant for the catalogue of Hell As Pavilion exhibition at Palais de Tokyo (Septemeber-February, Athens/Paris) curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis.

Associate Creative Director at Harmonian Premium Food Products.

Architect in Architecture and Urbanism office, participating in Construction Documents, Analysis and Design for Large Scale Urban Plan for the city’s extension.

Graphic designer for the book (to be released) on the research project Nicosia Water Tanks by Aristide Antonas.

2012 (-2013)

Graphic designer and editorial assistant for the book “Populations of Fragments” on the aforementioned studio at Postgraduate Studies Program at Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly (2011-2012, Volos) instructed by Aristide Antonas.

 

WORKSHOPS

2012

Omni[Progra]Chromatic Advanced Design Workshop at the New Benaki Museum (July, Athens) instructed by   X|Atelier (Erick Carcamo, Nefeli Chatzimina).

Incubator, at Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly (January, Volos) instructed by Evelyn Gavrilou, Iris Lykourioti, Costis Paniyiris, Lois Papadopoulos, Spyros Papadopoulos.

2011

Saturated Urban Spaces: Towards an Economies of Space in Architecture, a collaboration between Städelschule- Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste and Postgraduate Studies Program, Department of Architecture,UTH at Department of Architecture,UTH (February, Volos) instructed by Johan Bettum, Sophia Vyzoviti.

Terraincognita|Eco-tales for Thessaloniki’s sealine, a collaboration between Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, by Nothern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society, Thessaloniki at Anatolia Collage (July, Thessaloniki) instructed by Lydia Kallipoliti, Yota Adilenidou, Emmanuel G.Tzekakis, Niki Manou- Andreadis, Andreas Theodoridis.

2010

Urban performance: experimental design at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (June, Thessaloniki) instructed by Axi:Ome architects ( Heather Woofter, Sung Ho Kim), Stavros Vergopoulos, Dimitra Chatzisavva, Dimitris Kontaxakis, Vassilis Papadiamantopoulos, Spiros Papadimitriou, Anastasios Tellios, Dimitris Gourdoukis, Katerina Trifonidou.

Parametric reading of Albrect Durer’s : “The four Books of Measurement” at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (December, Thessaloniki) instructed by Bernard Cache, Vana Tentokali.

papier masqué: design and fabrication worksop at Dynamo Project Space (May, Thessaloniki) instructed by Apostolos Kalfopoulos.

Traces of Movement at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (May, Thessaloniki) instructed by Asterios Agkathidis, Aleka Alexopoulou, Anastasia Lada.

Textile Structures at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (May, Thessaloniki) instructed by Gabi Schillig, Asterios Agkathidis, Aleka Alexopoulou, Anastasia Lada.

 

CONFERENCES

2014

Panel Organizer & Editor of the accompanying edition Memoires de la Terre – Ritual Apparatuses for an Earth Memory Symposium, along with Phoebe Giannissi and Chara Stergiou, at the Paou Monastery Symposium Center, in Volos.

2012

(As a jury member) at PAWorkshop final review instructed by Elias Zenghelis.

(Participating) Collecting Architecture-Territories Symposium: Athens Minutes with GSAPP (June, Athens, Greece), organized by Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) &Postgraduate Studies Program, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly with the presentation of the team project “Ter(r)a.tory-Territories of terra forma”.

2011

(Attending the conference) 11th Technical Chamber of Greece Conference (March, Athens, Greece).

 

EVENTS

2013

Participated at “The (New) Book of Questions“, a project by Evangelina Guerra Luján TheNomad.

Participated at Maria Papadimitriou’s SOUZY TROS, Potluck #1.

2012

Joined the Saprophytes project team.

 

SKILLS

Adobe Photoshop / InDesign / Illustrator / AfterEffects / Premiere

Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk 3ds Max Design

Autodesk Maya

 

LANGUAGES

English: Michigan Proficiency in English, Grade A

German: Zertifikat, Gut