2018 Clem Labine Award Winner
Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros is an internationally recognized architectural theorist and urbanist. He is known for his original contributions that helped to establish new disciplines such as Biophilia, Design Patterns, Complexity, Neurogeometric design, the Fractal City, and the Network City. Salingaros worked with visionary architect and urbanist Christopher Alexander for twenty years in helping to edit Alexander’s four-volume book The Nature of Order. He has applied science-based techniques to confirm the essential importance of traditional building approaches for human health and wellbeing.
He and Michael Mehaffy have collaborated on many articles and books, jointly developing innovative design tools that combine New Urbanist principles with Alexandrian design methods.
Salingaros is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is on the faculty of the Building Beauty Master’s Program, and has held guest professorships in Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Querétaro, Mexico, and Università di Roma III. He has directed and advised more than twenty Master’s and PhD theses in architecture and urbanism.
His books Algorithmic Sustainable Design, Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction, A Theory of Architecture, Biophilia and Healing Environments, Design for a Living Planet (with Michael Mehaffy), Design Patterns and Living Architecture, Principles of Urban Structure, P2P Urbanism, and Unified Architectural Theory are translated into many languages. In the Planetizen surveys of “The 100 most important urban thinkers of all time”, Salingaros ranked 11 in 2009 and 26 in 2017. He is regularly invited to give keynote addresses at international conferences and to lecture at organizations and universities around the world. Salingaros is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners, and is on the INTBAU Committee of Honor.