Prof.dr. G. Vrachliotis

Professor Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture - Department of Architecture

“At the Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture we critically explore the technological conditions under which architecture in the age of global digital infrastructures emerges, from small to large scale and from everyday practice to the very big picture. So we face the challenge of stimulating debate on this question intellectually, of deepening it academically, and of contextualizing it historically.

We also unfold its intellectual liveliness and methodical originality at the intersection of design and society. There is no contradiction between theory, history, and design. Rather, they form a creative thought collective for the built environment. In this sense, Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture contributes to the scientific and social relevance of architecture as a professional field.

And last but not least, in education, Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture pursues a research-oriented, interdisciplinary and cross-sectional approach. Depending on the context, it supports students in understanding that architectural design is not only about solving the problem at hand, but also about the ability to identify underlying problems. In this way, a contemporary phenomenon or a complex situation can be analyzed and evaluated within a broader spectrum of solutions and meanings.” 

From 2016 Georg was dean of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Faculty of Architecture and Chair for Architecture Theory (2014-2020). Previously he conducted research at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zürich. He studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and did his PhD at the ETH Zürich in 2009. 

Besides that he was a visiting researcher at the Center for Cognitive Science of the University Freiburg, at the Spatial Cognition Center of the University Bremen, and at the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture in California. From 2006 to 2010 he was a guest lecturer on architecture theory at the TU Wien in Vienna. Georg Vrachliotis is member of the advisory board of the magazine ARCH+ and external examiner at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London.

He curated the exhibition “Fritz Haller. Architect and Researcher” at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in 2014 in collaboration with the Institute for History and Theory  (gta) at ETH Zurich (catalogue published by gta Publisher in 2014, with Laurent Stalder), the exhibition “Sleeping Beauty. Reinventing Frei Ottos Multihalle” (catalogue published by Spector Books in 2018) on the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2018. Most recently he curated the exhibition "Models, Media and Methods. Frei Otto's Architectural Research" at the School of Architecture at Yale University (2020).

“My vision is to intellectually strengthen the discipline of architecture for the emerging age of artificial intelligence and to work towards a more social environment.” 

- Georg Vrachliotis

Georg Vrachliotis

Photo: Bernd Seeland, 2020