Augustin Ioan

Born in Romania, the award-winning architectural theorist and philosopher Augustin Ioan has been teaching since 1990 as an assistant professor in the history and theory of architecture at the Institute Ion Mincu in the University for Architecture and City Planning in Bucharest . He is vice-president of the Union of Architects in Romania. He earned a doctorate in two subjects, architecture and philosophy, from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio (USA); he is an expert in the theory and history of modern and contemporary architecture. One of his main research interests is the religious architecture in eastern and central Europe between 1949 and 1999. He was the co-editor of several Romanian and international art and architecture journals and has since 2001 been the editor-in-chief of the Bucharest journal »Octogon«. He has repeatedly been involved in exhibitions on the city architecture and city planning of Bucharest. He has enjoyed international recognition, above all, for his books »Architectura si Puterea« [Architecture and Power] (Bucharest 1992), »Khora – Teme si dificultati ale relatiei dintre filosofie si arhitectura« [Khora – In Between Architecture and Philosophy] (Bucharest 1999) und »Sacred Space« (Cluj 2001 und Etna 2002). In 2001 he was a participant in the Balkan Roundtable, which in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advance Study) in Berlin was held in Bucharest, a panel discussion organized around the topic “Our Peculiar Cities” that dealt with, in the framework of the “Simultaneity of the Non-simultaneous,” the architectural, social, demographic, economic and political developments in Balkan cities.