In addition to practice and writing, Porphyrios has held a number of teaching positions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Greece. He is currently a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Porphyrios is an exponent of New Classical Architecture , and many of his buildings have been designed in the Gothic and classical idioms. He wrote his Ph. The work was a structuralist analysis of Aalto's architecture, influenced by the philosophers Michel Foucault and Louis Althusser , in which Porphyrios described the themes he believed had generated Aalto's work typology, urbanism and nature , while arguing that Aalto's work was the end of the line for modernist architecture.
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Demetri Porphyrios, laureate of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, has redefined the classical idea by making it relevant to modern problems and sensibilities.
His scholarly writings, coupled with his extensive built works, have provided us with examples that establish a theoretical focus for the classical idea that is fully embedded in modern life and culture. His office buildings in Birmingham, Athens and London use innovative contemporary methods of construction adapted to provide large-scale uninterrupted spaces while holding true to classical and traditional relationships between the building and the city.
At the same time his work tackles the problem of architectural regionalism in the face of globalization by challenging contemporary attitudes tat have thus far been limited to architectural solutions of one international style or another. His work offers a perspective that develops not only an aesthetic approach grounded in local cultures, but also one that is sensitive to broader environmental concerns, with emphasis on locally procured materials and local methods of construction.
For instance, Porphyrios has examined the curtain wall and its relationship to the classical load-bearing wall through the tectonic development of structure and enclosure in the office buildings he designed in Athens and Birmingham. With his work he has reformulated the question posed by early moderns so that classical principles and relevant modernists precepts can be seen at work at the same time.
This is to say that he has demonstrated that the classical and the modern need not be seen t work at the same time. This is to say that he has demonstrated that the classical and the modern need not be seen as mutually exclusive options.
It is his approach that liberates the classical from any preconceived notions of an aesthetic singularity. His work seeks to reconcile history with design in contemporary architecture practice.
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