Children and the Built Environment
Open-Air Schools, where children were directly exposed to a natural environment, became fashionable in the late 19th century in Europe and America mainly as a response to the tuberculosis pandemic. Andreas Giacumacatos, Professor of History, Critical Analysis and Theory of Architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, speaks about the history of this type of school and how the Open-Air School Movement affected the educational process and later educational models.
Andreas Giacumacatos studied music at the National Conservatory of Athens and at the State Academy "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence. He studied architecture in Florence and Venice and wrote his doctoral dissertation at the Department of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
From 1981 to 2001, Giacumacatos was a researcher and taught history of architecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Florence. He then taught history and theory of architecture at the Department of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2006 he has also been a professor of history and theory of architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Athens where he also directs the postgraduate program in Art History of the Department of Theory and History of Art. In 2008, he taught, as a visiting professor, in the doctoral program of the School of Architecture of Barcelona. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with GEIDAI (Tokyo University of the Arts) where he teaches and develops on-site research on Japanese architecture. Since 2012 he has been teaching periodically at the Technical University of Milan. In 2018 he taught in the postgraduate design program of the School of Architecture of Federico II University of Naples.
In the mid-1980s, he founded and directed in Florence the publishing house "Aletheia" for the study of contemporary Greek culture. He was commissioner of Greece at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and director of the Hellenic Institute of Architecture of which he was a founding member. In 2005, the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi awarded him the title of Knight of the Italian Republic for his transnational contribution in the field of education and culture. He has been a member of the Central Council of Modern Monuments of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports where he is today a member of the Council of Museums. In 2019, he was elected a member of the Academy of Arts in Florence.
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