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Alkistis Thomidou

Alkistis received a Diploma in Architecture from AU Thessaloniki in 2010 and a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zürich in 2012.

She has worked for various architectural firms and since 2012 she successfully works independently in Germany and abroad.

In 2013 she received a scholarship from the Institute for Spatial Experiments of Olafur Eliasson and participated in numerous exhibitions. From 2017 to 2019 Alkistis was teaching assistant at the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, TU Braunschweig.

Alkistis is currently a Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

In her practice she is trying to explore different scales of the built environment, both by research and design, investigating alternative living and city making models and new forms of urban development, engaging with communities and rethinking education.
Gian Maria Socci

Gian Maria received a Master in Architecture from FAF Ferrara in 2010 and a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zürich in 2012.

Since 2011 he has been practicing independently across Europe working on cutting-edge projects for competitions and commissions.

From 2013 to 2017 he has been researcher and instructor at ETH Zürich, and from 2017 to 2019 Adjunct Professor at INDA Chulalongkorn University Bangkok. Since 2019 he is a mentor for the  CanActions School.

Gian Maria is cofounder of Space Saloon, a nomadic, interdisciplinary design lab focusing on alternative methods of anaysis and site-specific interventions.

He is collaborating and has lectured in several international institutions, within academia and practice. His interests lie at the intersection of arts and sciences, where architecture is seen as medium to leverage technical knowledge towards meaningful change.