Christos Passas



Qualifications: B. Arch (Hons), AAGrad.Des.Dipl, ARB, ETEK Associate Director, ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS, London, UK Guest DAAD Professor, Dessau Institute Architecture, HS Anhalt DRL Tutor, Architectural Association, London, UK

Christos is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects. He has worked in the firm as a Senior Designer since February 1998. He was the Project Director and Lead Designer for numerous projects and winning competitions, including most notably the Sterling Prize nominee, the Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg, completed in November 2005. The Phaeno was nominated by the Guardian Newspaper as one of the 50 best buildings of the 20th century, together with the Sidney Opera House, the Fallingwater the TWA terminal and others.

Education Christos studied and gained his professional degree at the School of Architecture of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1995, as a Fulbright Scholar. Subsequently, he continued with his postgraduate studies in the field of Advanced Architectural Design at the Architectural Association, London, where he received his Graduate Design Diploma in 1998. Christos is currently teaching at the AA Design Research Lab, M. Arch programme. He has also invited to numerous Design Juries at both undergraduate and at graduate level in Europe and the US.

Work Christos led the competition design on various entries for the ZAHA, including the Holloway Road Pedestrian Bridge (1999) , 1st prize- and the Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg (2000-2006). He has also lead the competition for seminal designs such as The Wakefield Art Gallery (2004), Connecticut Science and Exploration Centre in Hartford, CT (2004), the S.C. Johnson Wax Project Honour (2005) a prestigious extension to F.L. Wright’s Johnson Wax campus in Racine, Wisconsin, lead the competition for Eleftheria Square redesign in Nicosia, Cyprus-1st prize (2005) and the Miami Science museum- 2nd prize (2006). He has contributed to the design of various projects including the Sheik Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi (1998- ongoing), Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Centre in Cincinnati (completed 2003) and the design of the MAXXI National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rome (2000-on going), and contributed in larger scale projects such as the Istanbul master plan for Kartal-Pendik. (2006).

Recently, he has been leading design teams on projects such as the Architecture Foundation in London (2005- 2006), the OPUS tower in Dubai (2006-ongoing), a master plan proposal for the redevelopment of Tangier Port, in Morocco and the KARO Masterplan in Sofia, Bulgaria (2008) and the design for contemporary Arabic Arts Galleries in Tunis and Amman and is one of the co-authors for Eleftheria Square redevelopment in Nicosia.

Lectures RIBA, 13th Berthold Lubetkin Lecture- “Concrete formation and technology behind the Phaeno” Mar 2004 Cyprus Civil Engineers and Architects Association, lecture on “Wolfsburg science center” Jan 2006 AA lecture series, “The making Phaeno Wolfsburg”, with Hanif Kara and Paul Scott - March 2006 Pecha kucha Night, Sadlers Wells, London “Monsters and Hybrids”- July 2006 RIBA conference, Venice Biennalle - “Various projects: the raison d’etre of what we do” Sept 2006 NAI lecture with Hanif Kara, “Night of Concrete; synthesis of Architecture and Structure”, Rotterdam, Nov 2006 AIA London Chapter, Lecture on Phaeno Science Centre; AIA award Excellence in Architecture Nov 2006 Bauhaus DIA: “Forms of simultaneous unity and disunity” May 2008

Publications CCEAA Journal; “Design principles behind the redesign of Eleftheria Square,Nicosia, Cyprus” Beton ART; “Form making in concrete-digital design methods implemented in the Phaeno Science center” MF: “20th century Modernist concept houses” Bauwelt188: Epigraphies on Famagusta NO MAN’S LAND WORKSHOP : “Varosha, Stadt in Gewahrsam”