Studied Architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece, (Dip. Arch. AUTh 1975), and continued with post-graduate studies in Paris (Certificat CRU 1976, DEA EHESS 1976, DEA Paris1 1977, Diplôme CRU 1979). He received his PhD at Paris-1-Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France (1979). He is a professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and also director of the postgraduate program “Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings” of the Greek Open University. He has been a visiting professor at the post-graduate school of Architectural Association (London, 1991-1993).
He has also contributed considerably to academic administration, as Vice Head (2001-2005) and as Head (2005-2009), (2013-) of the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a founding member of the new School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete in Chania (2003-2005), as Vice Head (2004-2008) and as Head (2008-2010) of the department of Spatial Planning and Development of AUTH.
He has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals, proceedings of Greek and international conferences and architectural magazines. He has written or edited 35 books on architecture and urban design. As an active citizen, he has often presented his views and ideas in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio.
He has participated as scientific coordinator, or main researcher, in 30 research projects from various bodies and institutions (European Union, Ministries, Municipalities, and Universities). He is author of numerous private and public projects which include housing, cultural facilities, university buildings, urban design, town planning and restorations. His architectural work has been published and presented in special editions and exhibitions in Greece and abroad and furthermore, has participated in organizing and managing architectural exhibitions of major importance. His work has received more than 30 awards and distinctions in national and international architectural competitions.Hide CV
Founding director of ArtBOX.gr | Creative Arts Management, Christos Savvidis has been the Artistic Director of large-scale events such as: Art Athina - Athens international art fair (2006-2008); Action Field Kodra visual arts festival (2004-2008); XV Biennale de la Mediterannee in Thessaloniki (artistic direction and organization, 2011). He has organized and coordinated projects, such as: Forum European Cultural Exchanges (founding member and coordinator, 2000-2009); Greek Pavilion in the Venice Biennale (coordination, 2001 and 2006); exhibition "Roaming Images" in the framework of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (project leader, 2011).
He has also curated projects and exhibitions, such as: "Moscow Poetry Club / Making Words", within the framework of the international art exhibition of the 53rd Venice Biennale "Making Worlds" (co-curator and co-organizer, 2009); and the Greek participations in BIDA - International Biennial of Sports in Contemporary Art, Spain (curator and coordination, 2005 and 2007). "Europe Exists" curated by Harald Szeemann and Rosa Martinez (assistant curator, 2003). Between 2010 and 2012, Co-Director of Arts Management of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Athens), and Artistic Director of the Museum's Project Space with Lydia Chatziiakovou. Christos Savvidis is member of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).Hide CV