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2016 AIABaltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series 2: Beauty in the Details: Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


1.5 AIA/HSW LUs available


This year, the AIABaltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation Spring Lecture Series will take a critical look at Manufacturing Beauty.

Beauty has the power to arouse the senses and create a greater capacity for empathy. However, our modern understanding of beauty still tends to be limited and undervalued. We live in an era where everything is measured, material goods are prized and impersonal exchanges are the norm. And yet, beauty in the built environment can still move us and teach us something new about ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.  At a time when efficiency, expense and the bottom line are often project drivers, has beauty for beauty’s sake become a lost model from a bygone era?

What is the value of beauty? This series highlights designers working to answer this question through science, details, place, process and innovation.

Beauty in the DETAILS

Featuring: Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL, New York, NY


llias Papageorgiou has been with SO-IL, a Brooklyn, New York based firm, from its inception in 2008 and has been a partner since 2013. In addition to practicing architecture, llias is a frequent lecturer and visiting critic at numerous universities and has taught design studios for Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. llias holds a Diploma of Architecture from Aristotle University in Greece and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.

SO-IL brings together extensive experience from fields of architecture, academia and the arts, and aims to be an idea-driven design office. The partners of SO-IL, with roots in Europe, China and Japan, share the optimism for architectural feasibility typical in those countries and vehemently strive to realize their ideas in the world. SO-IL combines minimalist construction with highly contemporary material use creating clean, idiosyncratic space. SO-IL has worked on an array of projects ranging in scale from the master plan of a cultural campus in Shanghai, China to a series of prints for the Guggenheim Museum. The firm has also won numerous awards since its inception for their work and various competitions.

Event Details

All AIA lecturers begin at 6pm and are followed by a reception. They are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

100 Free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot their address is : 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore.

Its at the East end of Mosher Street, one block East of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.


March 2 – The SCIENCE of Beauty
Dr. Ed Connor PhD, Neuroaesthetics, Director of the JHU Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Baltimore, MD (3-D Glasses Included)

March 16Beauty in the DETAILS
Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL, New York, NY

March 30 Beauty of PLACE
ASLA Lecture. Mikyoung Kim of Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, MA

April 13 The Beauty of PROCESS
Mark Smout of Smout Allen, London, UK

April 27 The Beauty of INNOVATION
Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote, New York, NY

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Image: Passage, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2015. Courtesy SO-IL.

 Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major Sponsors

K.C. Company – Pella Windows and Doors
Maryland Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Merritt Construction Services**
Maryland Institute College of Art and the Department of Architecture
Gutierrez Studios**
Corinthian Sponsors
American Cedar & Millwork*
Ayers Saint Gross
BKM | Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates *
BCT Architects
CADD Microsystems
Centria Architectural Systems
Design Collective, Inc**
Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership
Legacy Restorations, Inc*
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Architects
Penza Bailey Architects, Inc
Price Modern, LLC*
SM+P Architects
Smithouse Construction *
Swirnow Building Systems
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, Inc*
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance*
TW Perry*
Vision Technologies, Inc*
Window & Door Planning Consultants, LLC*
Younts Design, Inc*
Ionic Sponsors
Colimore Architects
GWWO Inc/Architects
Henry Adams*
Hord Coplan Macht*
James Posey Associates, Inc*
Mueller Associates*
North Point Builders, Inc*
Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Company*
Preservation Maryland
Read & Company Architects, Inc
Rubeling & Associates, Inc*
Site Resources*
Skarda & Associates, Inc*
Tandus | Centiva
Wohlsen Construction*
Doric Sponsors
Ames & Gough*
Bruce Dunlop Lighting Design, LLC
Centric Business Systems*
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc*
Core Design Studio
Design Force Solutions
DoublEdge Design, LLC*
Harris Kupfer Architects
Keast  & Hood*
MAG-Lighting Design, LLC
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc*
Morabito Consultants, Inc*
Mullan Contracting Company*
National Facilities Management and Technology Conference Expo*
Palindrome Design: Lighting & Interiors*
Phillips Way*
RK&K | Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP*
Southway Builders, Inc*
Structura, Inc*
T3XTURE Archizine
The Blue Book Network*
Ziger/Snead LLP Architects*
*Annual Sponsor
**Annual + Lecture Series Sponsor

View Spring Lecture Series 2015 


March 16
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MICA Brown Center – Falvey Hall
1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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