American College of Greece Winner

Regional & Urban Design Award, Citation of Merit

The American College of Greece cultivates friendship, academic excellence, and cultural sharing between Greece and the US. The College was founded in 1875 in Smyrna, Asia Minor, and moved to a seaside campus in Greece in 1922. The college relocated in 1965 to the Aghia Paraskevi neighborhood, situated on the large mountain overlooking Athens. The existing campus is an important work by Konstantinos Doxiadis, Greece’s foremost 20th century architect.

The master plan team assessed the existing buildings, parking, landscaping, and transportation. Sustainability, accessibility for the disabled, and fire risk were key areas of concern on this arid, sloped site. Academic space, student housing, and a student union were identified as projects to be completed in the near future.

Proposed new facilities are designed in harmony with existing architecture and landscape. Linear buildings are placed parallel to the mountain contour so that they and their connecting terraces gradually step down the mountainside. Views to the city are maximized by this strategy. The depth of the buildings is minimized to draw natural light into the interiors while solar shading reduces heat gain.

The overall composition of the campus respects the existing natural and man-made environments, creating a cohesive vision for the future.

Architect
VOA Associates Incorporated
Client
American College of Greece
Consultants
  • American College of Greece
  • American College of Greece
Location
Athens, Attica
Category
Institutional