The establishment of the Biennale of Young Greek Architects, was one of the first activities of the newly founded Hellenic Institute of Architecture in 1995. During its course from the first Biennale to the eighth, hundreds of architects spanning a generation amongst them, have had a chance to showcase their work. The 9thBiennale will be of particular interest as it will highlight the currentstate of Greek architecture,designed during a period of severe economic crisis.
A Biennale is a sort of periodic inventory, which aims at selecting the best current projects by young designers. A Biennale, however, does not only record the works of an era, but featurescertain designs chosen from a broader set as the most interesting ones, aiming to capture the distinguishing characteristics of the output of the last two years. In this way, the Biennale is the expression of a contemporary architectural "manner", considered from a particular point of view.
At this year's 9thBiennale, the Institute decided, as it had done before, to upgrade the role of the selection committee, by inviting its members to reflect on the material to be submitted and to each choose the projects they consider to be the most remarkable ones. In this way, the visitor of the exhibition will be able to ‘read’through both, the individual choices of the judges and theiraccompanying texts.
The five-member committee consists of the President of the Institute, Elias Constantopoulos and the architects, Konstantina Kalfa, Panos Tsakopoulos,Kostas Tsiambaos and Theoni Xanthi.