Architecture as a Place of Encounter of Traditions

A Small Symposium on “Architecture as a Place of Encounter of Traditions”
as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Architecture
4-7 July 2022, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture

The Architecture Unit of ATINER, will hold a Small Symposium on “Architecture as a Place of Encounter of Traditions” as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Architecture, 4-7 July 2022, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture.

Since time immemorial, architecture has given rise to diverse traditions and consolidated itself through them. One can indeed speak of traditions that correspond to different ways of thinking and constructing architectures that vary in accordance with the period in time, geography, culture, etc. One can generically refer to them as vernacular, popular, erudite, domestic, foreign, local, international, classical, modern, etc. Oftentimes these traditions take the form of dialogue, reciprocal assimilation or contrast, for example in the pairings vernacular/erudite, popular/erudite, domestic/foreign, local/international, classical/modern. The encounter of differing traditions manifests itself recognisably in the thought and/or work of various architects. In that encounter lies a large part of the interest in said though and/or work. That encounter is also frequently an instrument for experimentation with and evolution of architecture. Here one can cite as examples Hermann Muthesius and his interest in English residential design, Frank Lloyd Wright and his interest in the vernacular architecture of distant Japan, Alvar Aalto and the influence of the Finnish vernacular, Hassan Fathy and the confrontation between the International Style and Egyptian vernacular, etc. This symposium sets out to present and discuss why and how different architects thought and built architecture as a place of encounter for various traditions and how that encounter gave rise to rich and enriching work, both for the architecture of the day and of the future. The submitted papers will be considered for a special issue of the Athens Journal of Architecture.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 23 May 2022 to: Dr. Clara Germana Gonçalves, Head, Architecture Unit, ATINER & Researcher, CITAD (Centro de Investigação em Território, Arquitectura e Design), Lusíada University and Invited Assistant Professor, Lisbon School of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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