Andrew Gipe-Lazarou bears the professional capabilities of a designer and the natural orientation of an educator. As Founder and Director of The Diakron Institute, he administrates the coordination of its projects and educational services, and operates within his project teams as a critic and representative of modern material technics. He received his professional degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in May of 2015, and is currently a PhD candidate in Architectural Theory at the National Technical University of Athens.
Mr. Gipe’s professional training is highlighted by his work experience at the Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture, where he collaborated with Pritzker-prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas to compose the pedagogically-definitive publication Elements, which supplemented the exhibition of the 2014 Venice Biennale. And his academic experience is highlighted by a fully-funded Student Professorship in Architecture at the University of Maryland; to work collaboratively with the National Federation for the Blind on an interdisciplinary education project during which he collaboratively innovated and instructed the first-ever architecture course for blind students.
An illustrated polemic created and presented by Andrew Richard Gipe; submitted as a thesis to qualify for the degree of Masters of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the spring of 2015.
Harvard GSD Structures II Bridge-Building Competition
As a Teaching Assistant in Structures II in the spring of 2015, Mr. Gipe collaborated with course instructor and structural engineer Paul Kassabian to innovate and realize the school's first-ever bridge-building competition.
"We want to take a fresh look at the fundamental elements of architecture - used by any architect, anywhere, anytime - to see if we can discover something new about architecture." - Rem Koolhaas, Announcement of the 14th Vennice Architecture Biennale on the 25th of January, 2013