Yannis Aesopos is principal of Yannis Aesopos Architecture, Athens. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (Diploma of Architecture with Honors, 1989) and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (Master in Architecture, 1991). He is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece where he served as Chair from 2011 to 2013.
Aesopos worked for Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York from 1992 to 1995 and Santiago Calatrava in Paris, 1991. He was a Teaching Fellow in the Master of Architecture in Urban Design program, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (2012-13). In the spring of 2009 he was a Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University working on his research in the post-Olympic urban transformations in Athens. In 1994 he taught as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.
He is the national Commissioner/Curator of Tourism Landscapes: Remaking Greece, the official participation of Greece in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale 2014. He was co-curator of the exhibition Landscapes of Modernisation: Greek Architecture 1960s and 1990s (Rotterdam, 1999, Barcelona, 1999, Helsinki, 1999, Thessaloniki, 2000, Belgrade, 2000 & 2002, Pescara, 2001, Chania, Crete, 2002, Athens, 2005) and co-editor of the book with the same title (Athens, 1999), co-editor of The Contemporary (Greek) City (Athens, 2001) and Landscapes of the Intimate (Athens, 1996). His texts have been published in Á10, Archi, Archis, Bauwelt, Blueprint, Ål Croquis, Pidgin, Domes, Architecture in Greece, Design + Art in Greece. Since 2002 he is an Independent Expert of the Mies van der Rohe Award Prize for Contemporary Architecture of the European Union. In 2006 he co-founded the network www.arhens9.net as a think-tank for innovative architectural and urban design proposals on contemporary Athens.
His work was presented at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale 2012, the exhibition Athens-Scape (RIBA, London 2003), the exhibition New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Japan 2002 (Tokyo, 2002, Gent, 2002, Salamanca, 2002, Bordeaux, 2003), the 7th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale 2000 and the 2nd Biennale of Young Greek Architects (Athens, 1998), in reviews such as A10, Archi, Archis, Blueprint, Bauwelt, Domes, Architecture in Greece, Design + Art in Greece and publications such as Made in Athens (Athens, 2012), Top Young European Architects (Barcelona, 2005), Contemporary Greek Architecture (Athens, 2005), The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (London, 2004).