Yannis Aesopos is principal of Yannis Aesopos Architecture, Athens. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (Diploma of Architecture with Honors, 1989) and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (Master in Architecture, 1991). He is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Master of Architecture and Urban Design Program (MAUD) at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece where he served as Chair from 2011 to 2013.
Aesopos worked for Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York from 1992 to 1995 and Santiago Calatrava in Paris, 1991. He was Visiting Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York (2015 and 2014), Teaching Fellow, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (2012-13) and Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton University (2009) working on his research on the post-Olympic urban transformations of Athens.
Aesopos was the national Commissioner/Curator of Tourism Landscapes: Remaking Greece, the official participation of Greece at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale 2014 and editor, Tourism Landscapes: Remaking Greece (English and Greek, Athens, 2014; 2nd revised and expanded edition, Athens, 2015). The exhibition Tourism Landscapes: Remaking Greece was also presented at the Acropolis Museum, Athens (2015). He was co-curator of the exhibition Landscapes of Modernization: Greek Architecture 1960s and 1990s (Rotterdam, 1999, Barcelona, 1999, Helsinki, 1999, Thessaloniki, 2000, Belgrade, 2000 & 2002, Pescara, 2001, Chania, Crete, 2002, Athens, 2005) and co-editor of the book with the same title (Athens, 1999); co-editor of The Contemporary (Greek) City (Athens, 2001) and Landscapes of the Intimate (Athens, 1996). His texts have been published in Á10, Archi, Archis, Bauwelt and Stadtbauwelt, Blueprint, Domus, Ål Croquis, Pidgin, Domes, Architecture in Greece, Design + Art in Greece. From 2002 to 2015 he was an Independent Expert for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2006 he co-founded the network athens9 as a think-tank for innovative architectural and urban design proposals on contemporary Athens.
His work was presented at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale 2012, the exhibition Athens-Scape (RIBA, London 2003), the exhibition New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Japan 2002 (Tokyo, 2002, Gent, 2002, Salamanca, 2002, Bordeaux, 2003), the 7th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale 2000 and the 2nd Biennale of Young Greek Architects (Athens, 1998), in reviews such as A10, Archi, Archis, Blueprint, Bauwelt, Domes, Architecture in Greece, Design + Art in Greece and publications such as Made in Athens (Athens, 2012), Top Young European Architects (Barcelona, 2005), Contemporary Greek Architecture (Athens, 2005), The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (London, 2004). His projects Office Building, Athens, 2007 and Poly/mono-katoikia, Athens, 2003 were nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.