PANEL DISCUSSION: 2006–2016: The Construction of the SNFCC as a Field of Learning - Εικόνα

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Architectural Vision and Construction Innovations     

On the occasion of celebrating 5 years since being delivered to the Greek State as a donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is presenting a host of celebratory events and activities over the course of 5 days, February 19 to 23.

In the context of this five-day anniversary celebration, a panel discussion is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 23, focusing on the innovations in the design and construction of the SNFCC, and featuring people who worked for the completion of this great project as key speakers. The event will be accompanied by workshops and a speed-mentoring session, aimed at engineering students, with the objective of strengthening the new generation and enhancing their knowledge and skills.

2006–2016: The Construction of the SNFCC as a Field of Learning
Architectural Vision and Construction Innovations

After an international call for tenders, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) chose the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano and his architectural office, Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), for the design and implementation of the SNFCC. The significance of the project, as well as the vision and expectations of the SNF, found their best expression in Renzo Piano, whose talent and commitment to the design of public spaces served to create a building that is an architectural landmark. Throughout the construction of the SNFCC, over the course of the 2006–2016 decade, thousands of workers from Greece and abroad contributed to it, leaving a great legacy to the next generation of engineers, architects, and all the other specialties involved in the project.      

During the time period of the construction works, a new term was coined that describes all of the above: the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center as a “Construction University.” With this phrase as a starting point, we are organizing workshops, speed-mentoring sessions, and a large panel discussion bringing together key contributors to the project who left their personal mark on the entire spectrum of the construction process.

The aforementioned workshops and mentoring sessions are open to all interested university students who wish to attend, while the panel discussion is open to the general public.

The program in detail:

Wednesday, February 23

BOOK CASTLE, Workshops, 13:00 – 16:00

13:00 Agis Mourelatos and Spiros Giotakis (Architects), on the experience of designing and implementing the first Visitors Center

14:00 Eleni Spyopoulou (Landscape Architect, Forester), on innovative practices in the creation of the Stavros Niarchos Park

15:00 Konstantinos Paschalidis (PhD Civil Engineering), on the seismic isolators and the earthquake-resistant design of the SNFCC

View the speakers CV's here

LIGHTHOUSE, Speed Mentoring, 16:30 – 18:00

Host: Yiorgis Yerolymbos (Photographer – Architect)

Mentors: Margarita Ventouraki (Architect), Elli Pagalou (Landscape Architect), Phaidon Perrakis (Architect), Gregory Penelis (Civil Engineer)  

View the speed mentors' CV's here.


LIGHTHOUSE, Panel Discussion 19:00 – 20:30 

SNFCC: Design and Construction Innovations

Discussion Moderator:  Yiorgis Yerolymbos (Photographer – Architect)

SNFCC: Human-centered Architectural Innovations and Sustainable Design
Vassily Laffineur, RPBW Associate

SNFCC: Innovative Practices in Project Management
Theodore Maravelias, PhD Architecture, Director of Technical Grants at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) 

SNFCC: Trailblazing Practices in Landscape Architecture for the Creation of the Stavros Niarchos Park
Elli Pagalou, Landscape Architect, Co-designer (together with Deborah Nevins) of the Stavros Niarchos Park

SNFCC: The Canopy – Engineering and Innovation
Gregory Penelis, Civil Engineer, responsible for the structural design of the Canopy

View the speakers CV's here.

Simultaneous interpretation into Greek and English will be available.

Free entrance via online preregistration

Pre-registration starts on Wednesday 16/02, at 16.00. 


Important information:

  • Doors open at 18.00
  • We suggest that you be at the location no later than 30' minutes before the commencement of the event.
  • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
  • Online preregistration is required. No preregistration will be available on-site.
  • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.

According to the latest measures to protect public health from the risk of spreading COVID-19, a valid vaccination certificate or a valid disease certificate, is required for the public to enter the event venue, as the venue operates as a pure venue. The above applies to adults. Μinors from 4 to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a statement of negative self test (24 hours), a certificate of PCR (72 hours) or rapid (48 hours) diagnostic test, in accordance with the recent government measures.

A parallel identity check will be carried out on the persons who show the required certificates, as provided by law.

Participants must wear a mask and keep their distance both during attendance and during events and in accordance with the instructions of NPHO.

Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.

See also

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Sunday 09/06, 13:00

Fun Dance


Tuesday 04/06, 19:00

Mini Basket