Main stage lectures

MDH Arkitekter

MDH Arkitekter are young architecture practice based in Oslo. They engage in all aspects of architecture from urban planning, via complex buildings to furniture.

Bernard Khoury

Bernard studied architecture at the Rhode Island school of Design. He received a Masters in Architectural studies from Harvard University. He is the co-founder of the Arab Center for Architecture. He was a visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; l'Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the American University of Beirut. He was the co-curator and architect of the Kingdom of Bahrain's national pavilion at the Venice Biennale's 14th International Architecture Exhibition in 2014. Khoury started an independent practice in 1993. Over the past 15 years, his office has developed an international reputation and a significant diverse portfolio of projects both locally and abroad.  


Local Heroes - B. Khoury lecture summary 

Local Heroes are not superheroes.
They are the valiant mercenaries who protect my grounds.
I searched for them here and everywhere; from the cities of the collapsing Arab nations to those where the cathedrals were white.
Those bitter territories are the marvelous and playful grounds on which I construct my optimism, the last enclaves where meaningful convalescences are still possible.

Local Heroes are rooted in very specific political grounds.
They are not the protected citizens of any comfortable nation.
They own the streets that others walk through cautiously.
They do not belong to any familiar place.
Their places escape all consensual definitions of territory.
They do not fit in the undisputed and often simplified histories of their time.
They are the proud romantics who fearlessly resist the cynicism of the wise.

The stories I tell do not frame any protagonist, any situation or any architectural act in any sort of tangible or immutable definitions. I am not interested in such definitions as much as I am not interested in the theoretical postures that produce them.
In my worlds of uncontrolled dissonance, I build alliances. Those are often contradictory ones. My heroes are not all cut from the same cloth.
As my stories unfold, I remain in the hope that I will not be afflicted with the censure of unscrupulous fraudulence.


OFIS arhitekti

Based in Ljubljana formed by Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik (1998)

Rok Oman (born 1970) studied architecture at the ljubljana school of architecture

(grad.1998) and at the architectural association in london (grad.2000). Currently teaching on Harvard GSD, Boston, MA.

Spela Videcnik (born 1971) studied architecture at the ljubljana school of architecture (grad.1997) and at the architectural association in london (grad.2000). Currently teaching on Harvard GSD, Boston, MA.



Dinko Peračić

Dinko Peračić was born in Split in 1977 where he graduated from high school. He did his Masters Degree in Architecture in Barcelona at the Institute of Advanced Architecture  of Catalonia (IAAC) with topic “Hypereurope - An emergent territory”. His Bachelor Degree was done at the School of Architecture of University of Zagreb. He is a founder of Platforma 9.81 - association of architectural research and partner at ARP architectural office. With his work he participates in organizations such are Association of Architects of Croatia, Association of Architects Split, Platforma Doma mladih and KLFM - community radio. He is involved in projects regarding culture, tourism and urban planning. He won several awards on architectural competitions in Croatia. Since 2008 he is an employee of School of Architecture in Split, and since 2014 he is employed by the Department of Architectural Design. He won second award of Salon arhitekture in 2006 with R.Šilje and other awards. In 2009 with Miranda Veljačić he works on the project Projekat revitalizacije Doma mladih which is showcased in New York, Rome and Montpellier. Since 2014 he works as organization programme manager.




Presentation of the book "Sguardi Incrociati/Crossing Sightlines - Atlante Adriatico"

authors: Prof. Lorenzo Pignatti, Phd Stefania Gruosso

Presentation of the magazine 'DOMUS' - Nicola di Battista

Nicola Di Battista (Teramo 1953) graduated in architecture in 1985 in Rome. From 1981 to 1985 he was apprenticed to Giorgio Grassi’s office in Milan. In 1986 he opened his own practice in Rome, where he lives and works, which was frequented by numerous young architects.
From the late ‘80s to 1996 he was deputy editor of the International architectural magazine Domus. From 1997 to 1999 he taught architectural design at the Federal Polytechnic (ETH) in Zurich. He has also taught and researched widely in various Italian and foreign universities.
His teaching is also flanked by architectural design, where his interest in architecture and the issue of work to be done led him to collaborate with numerous partners. Among these have been: Hans Kollhoff, Eduardo Souto de Moura, the landscape designer João Nunes, the artists Enzo Cucchi, Ettore Spalletti and Alfredo Pirri, the historian Werner Oechslin and the philosopher Pietro Montani.
In 2001 he won the competition for the extension of the Museo Archeologico-Naturalistico in Santa Corona, Vicenza.
In 2011 he won the competition for the extension of the ‘Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria’.

In 2001 he published Verso una architettura d’oggi, publ. Panta rhei, Quart Edizioni, 2001, Lucerne. The book was also published in English, Towards an architecture of today, and in German, Perspektiven zu einer Architektur von heute.
Nicola Di Battista, Dell’architettura, materiali per una teoria, catalogue of the exhibition at the British Academy in Rome, June-July 2007, published by Arti Grafiche De Luca, 2007 Ortona.
Nicola Di Battista, ‘La memoria della città, vol.III, and vol. I, in ‘L’idea della città – Die Idee der Stadt’, edited by U. Schroder. (Minutes of the international congress promoted by the Cologne Faculty of Architecture for the comparison of ideas of Rationalism in architecture with major contemporary issues), publ. Ernst Wasmuth, Berlin 2009.
Nicola Di Battista, ‘Studying Architecture in Europe Today, Some thoughts on student work’, in ‘Archivio Jodice, An Archive of Contemporary Art in the Historic Centre of Naples’, edited by Nicola Di Battista, Ferruccio Izzo, András Pálffy, Verlag Niggli AG, Zurich 2012.
In September 2013, at the Museo Mart in Rovereto, he curated an exhibition of the work of Adalberto Libera, and the exhibition catalogue in which he published an essay on Libera’s oeuvre. Since September 2013 he has been the Editor of the architectural magazine Domus.

aken part in many conferences in Italy and abroad.