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Cypriot architect among 25 ‘most progressive emerging talents’ (photos)

Cypriot architect Constantinos Marcou has made Future Architect Platform’s annual list of 25 most progressive emerging talents in Europe.

The Platform is a network of prominent European cultural players whose mission is to connect multi-disciplinary emerging talents to high profile institutions like museums, galleries, publishing houses, biennials, and festivals, and to provide talented conceptual thinkers and practitioners in architecture with opportunities to be seen and heard.

Member institutions in the Platform include the Royal Academy of Arts, the Maxxii Museum, the Museum of Architecture and Design, the Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Dpr-Barcelona, and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

A list of 25 most promising talents is put together every year through an open call for ideas, and the successful ideas are showcased in a conference held in a European city.

Marcou’s work was selected among 433 submitted ideas from 53 countries.

He and the 24 other selected projects will be invited to attend this year’s Creative Exchange event to take place in February at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he will showcase his work and deliver a presentation titled “Poetics for the Uncertain”.

“The Architecture of Pure Silence”, Proposal for the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture: Contested Fronts (author: Constantinos Marcou)


 “Baltic Tale of Nothingness”, 2015, one out of the 8 winning proposals for the Next Helsinki Competition (author: Constantinos Marcou)

“Thresholds of Knowledge”, 2013, Masters Degree Design Thesis, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (author: Constantinos Marcou)

Proposal for the National Archaeological Museum of Cyprus, 2016 (authors: Constantinos Marcou in collaboration with Luca Galofaro)

“The Great Island of Replicas”, honourable mention at the Fairytales Competition organized by Blank Space, 2019


Constantinos Marcou is a Larnaca-based writer, architect, and urban designer born in London in 1988. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Cyprus and has a Postgraduate degree in Urban Design from UCL. His research projects investigate the complex relationship between architecture and socio-political reform in the context of emancipatory struggles. He exhibits and lectures both in Cyprus and abroad, and in 2015 he was invited to take part in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Some notable achievements include a 2nd position in the UNESCO competition for a Cultural Centre in Afghanistan, top 8 for the design of the Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, and the upcoming book release of his illustrated story The Great Island of Replicas by New York publishing house Blank Space.

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