Argyris Angeli, MFA, MSc, BFA, BArch

Course Tutor, AAIS, AA Graduate School

Professional qualifications

Architect, Cyprus

Research Interest

- Articulation of the parameters, structures and dynamics of collaborative and interdisciplinary work for art and design. Development of methodologies and guidelines for building the skillsets required for authentic cooperation among peers and practitioners from different fields. Formulation of strategies for designing in 4D through processes which incorporate workshopping and rehearsing techniques. - Analysis of Participatory and Socially Engaged Practices within art and design fields. Participation in the research activities of groups composed of artists, designers, educators, activists and social practitioners at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Application of real-life projects in various locations and social settings in Chicago. - The research on the fluidity between the essence and external image of things, the space in-between polarities has been converged to the study of queer theories. Art projects further concentrate on queer communities, their past histories, present status and struggle for acceptance. Writings such us “Queer structures and environments” explore how queerness is expressed or manifests itself in conceptual structures, phenomenological environments and atmospheres. - Theoretical research of the tensions between dualities such as stability and fluidity, the definitive and the relative. Investigation of architecture/art theory and philosophy, articulating the patterns of paradigms/movements versus scepticism/eclecticism through several ages. By creating a network of historic associations, it aims to provide an explanation for the pluralism observed in contemporary cultural production.

Biography:

Argyris’ body of work intertwines architecture, fine art, performance, and education. It researches the plasticity of human identities, perceptions and interactions as they morph within thresholds of transitional states. He is a co-founder and co-director of GesamtAtelier, a company which combines several creative fields and professionals for the conception and realisation of interdisciplinary projects. He presented works in exhibitions, festivals, conferences, and competitions, across Europe and USA, at institutions such as the Museumquartier, Déda, Watermans Art Centre, Architectural Association, Larnaca Biennalle, 4th Biennial of Interior Design in Krakow, Romantso, Center on Halsted, among others. He has been a member of the art collaborative Collective Cleaners with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum. As a designer his practice spans from exhibition design for the Field Museum Chicago, to freelance work as an interior architect and graphic designer. As an academic, Argyris is a Studio Tutor at the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio. He is currently part of the team of the School of Art, Design and Performance at the Buckinghamshire New University, as the Course Leader of the BA(Hons) Interior and Spatial Design programme and a tutor of Fine Arts at the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme. He has previously taught for the First Year of the AA School of Architecture, the Interior Architecture & Design and Fine Art courses at the University of Suffolk and the Continuing Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated with honours from the National Technical University of Athens, acquiring a Bachelor and MSc in Architecture Engineering, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in studio. He earned an MFA in Spatial Performance and Design from the AA Interprofessional Studio, with a bursary award and distinction.

Exhibitions

2019, Argyris Angeli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Spatial Performance
GesamtAtelier and AAIS co-organised a two-day long series of interdisciplinary performances at Romantso, Athens inviting London and Athens based artists and designers.

2018, Argyris Angeli, Join the Dots, Tama to motherland, Imago Mundi - Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche

2018, Argyris Angeli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Architectural Association Public Programme, Ithaca: deconstructed, Architectural Association

2015, Argyris Angeli, DeCorbuziers, Interview with a groupie, National Technical University of Athens & Fontation Le Corbuzier

Installations and Constructions

2018, Argyris Angeli, Kyriaki Nasioula, ANOSIS
Installation for a dance performance directed by Georgia Tegou

2017, Argyris Angeli, Simeon Banos, Kyriaki Nasioula, Window Space of Whitechapel Gallery residency, Bein’ quasi, onepointfiveone

2017, Argyris Angeli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Ithaca: upon every arrival, Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio & Centre for Dance Research

2016, Argyris Angeli, Justyna Choli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Suh-in Park, Menglan Wu, UK Young Artists National Festival Derby, XYZ/s extended, UK Young Artists & Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio

2016, Argyris Angeli, Justyna Choli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Suh-in Park, Menglan Wu, Superposition, Az W - Architekturzentrum Wien & Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio

2016, Argyris Angeli, Justyna Choli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Suh-in Park, Menglan Wu, XYZ/s, Watermans Art Centre & Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio

Symposia

2016, Argyris Angeli, Justyna Choli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Suh-in Park, Menglan Wu, Self/ie - design it, Interprofessional Talks, 4th International Biennial of Interior Design, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Κrakow

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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