Nikos A. Salingaros

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Nikos A. Salingaros is regarded as one of the world's leading urbanists and architectural theorists. His books "Principles of Urban Structure" and "A Theory of Architecture" provide the foundation for a completely new approach to the built environment. They are being translated into several languages, and are used by students, professionals, and governments to redesign cities and to define once again an architecture adapted to human beings. Dr. Salingaros is invited to give keynote addresses at international conferences on urbanism and planning. For his contributions to architecture, he was elected member of the International College of Traditional Practitioners, whose patron is His Royal Highness Charles, The Prince of Wales. Dr. Salingaros is directing student theses at universities around the world, and is involved as a consultant on architectural and urban projects.

Dr. Salingaros has derived rules that underlie a living architecture, and which support, but do not simply copy the great architectures of the past. Because these rules are often the opposite of what fashionable architects and critics promote nowadays, his results have sparked off a heated controversy in the architectural media. Fortunately, his results come from mathematics and science and are thus verifiable; not something that can be said of mainstream architectural theory during the past seventy years. He has thus exposed a conflict between results derived outside the architectural establishment, and what architects have been taught to believe for several decades. This conflict is presented in his highly controversial (and best-selling) book "Anti-architecture and Deconstruction".

Dr. Salingaros is professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is also on the architecture faculties of the University of Rome III and the Delft University of Technology. He is consultant to the Schools of Architecture of the Catholic University of Portugal, Viseu, and the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. Dr. Salingaros is Associate Editor of Katarxis III -- an online journal of New Architecture, New Science, and New Urbanism; the Nexus Network Journal; and the Online Planning Journal. He is on the Committee of Honor, International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism -- INTBAU, London; on the board of Advisors of the Institute for Studies in Sacred Architecture -- ISSA, Berkeley, California; a member of the editorial board of Resource for Urban Design Information -- RUDI, Oxford; and is a consultant to the Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.