ACADEMIC

   
2017 Design in the Middle Workshop leader at MAXXI Musem, Rome
   
2016 Architectural Studio in Green Buildings 3rd and 4th Year Architectural Design Studio, for Faculty of Architecture, Technion, Haifa
   
2016 Course in Green Buildings for Architecture Department - with Arch. Antonis Gavalas and Dr. Dimitra Tsirigoti. University of Patras, Greece
   
2016 Workshop W4: The Sun Grove at the German Colony, Jerusalem ECOWEEK 2016 in Middle East Sustainable Design Workshop by Elias Messinas, Thomas Kauertz (architect), Anja Markwart (engineer) and Ishai Hanoon (landscape designer). The workshop worked with the Hansen Center to produce real solutions and proposals for the protection and enhancement of the Sun Grove at the German Colony in Jerusalem. The project proposals were developed in close collaboration with the local community and the Nature Museum in the neighborhood and were accepted to be further developed by the team and to be implemented with the participation of the neighboring schools and local community.
   
2015 Design Studio in Social Design 2nd Year Design Studio, for Interior Design, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
   
2016 Workshop W4: Re-thinking the Green School Ag. Nikolaos, Crete ECOWEEK 2016 in Agios Nikolaos, Crete in Greece Sustainable Design Workshop by Elias Messinas and Galia Hanoch Roe (Landscape Architect). The workshop focused on the design and construction of mid-scale interventions in specific areas of a public school in Agios Nikoloas, including activating parents, students and teachers, and receiving donations of materials and technical assistance from local businesses. The project succeeded in a very short time, to activate processes of public involvement, and interventions and improvements of a public institution, for the benefit of the local community.
   
2015 Design Studio in Social Design 2nd Year Design Studio, for Interior Design, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
   
2015 Workshop in Izmir, Turkey: OPL@IUE A 5-day sustainable design workshop organized by the Architecture Department of Izmir University of Economics, headed by Faculty of Fine Arts & Design IEU faculty and experts from abroad. It aimed to give the opportunity for a fruitful design process of innovative and creative ideas on the Izmir seafront, based on the 10 principles of One Planet Living and the experience of ECOWEEK. The workshop was co-organized and co-managed by architect Dr. Elias Messinas (ECOWEEK), architect Prof. Thanos Stasinopoulos (IUE), and environmental expert Benjamin Gill (BioRegional). more
   
  Images from the workshop:
 
 
   
2015 Workshop W4: Helexpo Expo area in the city ECOWEEK 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece Sustainable Design Workshop by Elias Messinas and Natalia Pantelidou (landscape architect). The workshop focused on the design of a vast area in the city center, which acts as a void rather than a connector to city life, proposing new uses to turn this site into a connector between the university campus and the seafront, encouraging walking and cycling in the city.
   
  Images from the workshop:
 
 
   
2015 Free-hand architectural skething in Thessaloniki: Within the framework of ECOWEEK 2015 in Thessaloniki. For architecture students from Greece and abroad. The visit included an informal walk through selected sites in the city and observation and free-hand architectural sketching at each site under the guidance of Elias.
   
2015 Workshop W5: UP-cycling Campus: Design and Build small structures in the open public space using reclaimed materials ECOWEEK 2015 in Prishtina, Kosovo Sustainable Design Workshop by Elias Messinas, Teuta Jashari-Kajtazi (architect), and Elizabeta Poljoska (architect). The workshop was attended by 20 Architecture students of the University of Prishtina 'Hassan Prishtina'.
   
  Workshop assignment: Taking sustainability as the starting point, and looking at the open public space at UP-FNA from a fresh angle we will identify outdoor places based on observation: people moving, people standing, the sun path, the wind, shaded spaces, protected spaces, etc. Then we will re-imagine a different campus, and we will try to create it through design and building small to mid-scale light structures using reclaimed materials. The light structures will re-invent the open space by discovering and creating new places: places of entry and of exit, places to rest, to meet, to chat, to sit, to read a book, to do homework, to surf the internet, to wait for someone, to be protected from the rain, to be protected from the wind, to enjoy the sun, to enjoy the shade, to enjoy the breeze, to hide, to be exposed, and to bring new life to the UP-FNA open space.

Images from the workshop:
 
 
 
   
2015 Glocal Architecture ECOWEEK in Prishtina, Kosovo, International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - co-initiator, co-coordinator and spokesman, hosted by University of Prishtina, September 27 - October 4
   
2015 Contemporary Archaeology ECOWEEK in Istanbul, Turkey, International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - co-initiator, co-coordinator and spokesman, hosted by Yeditepe Univeresity, April 19-25
   
2014 Design Intervention in Existing Building in Urban Fabric 2nd Year Design Studio, for Interior Design, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
   
2014 Design Studio Final Projects 3rd Year Architecture Studio at Ort Neviim Technical School
   
2014 Green Design Architecture Urban Innovation ECOWEEK in Prishtina, Kosovo International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - co-initiator, co-coordinator and spokesman, October 12-19
   
2014 Green Design Architecture Urban Innovation ECOWEEK in London, UK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - co-initiator, coordinator and spokesman, September 14-21
   
2013 Community Intervention through Green Design 3rd Year Design Studio, for Interior Design, Communication Design and Industrial Design students, assigned real projects in Jaffa, Holon (school and community center) and Bat Yam, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon - read in Holon Municipality site (Hebrew) and read in ynet (Hebrew)
   
2013 Ecological Design in Student Housing 3rd Year Design Studio, Interior Design Department, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon

Studio assignment: Aiming to utilize and revitalize the HIT campus in the evening hours that classes don't take place, students were asked to identify a location within the campus - the only prerequisite was to face south, and to design student housing for 8-10 students with a shared space (living, dining, kitchen). Students were asked to solve issues of direct sunlight (with shading), daylight, ventilation of the proposed spaces (natural and mechanical), and to increase density in order to minimize the ecological footprint of their project.

View selected student projects:
- Dor A. Student housing on the roof of Building 6 - view
- Rut S. Student housing on the roof of Building 6 - view
- Anat T. Student housing on the roof of Building 4 - view
- Gal S. Student housing on the roof of Building 7 - view
- Inbar L. Student housing in the basement of Bld 6 - view
- Noa S. Student housing under the bridge of Bld 7 - view

Student feedback on the course:
"Dear Elias,
We want to thank you for the enriching and educating semester ... there is no doubt that we all jumped one huge step in our professional education, thanks to your commitment, your love for the profession and your true caring. We truly value it and thank you for everything."
   
2013 Green Design Architecture Urban Innovation ECOWEEK in the Middle East International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Workshop co-leader with Byron Stigge (USA) on the project of Sustainable Pilgrimage Route in the Palestinian town of Azaryia, West Bank - March 3-8
   
2013 Green Design Architecture Urban Innovation ECOWEEK in the Middle East International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Israel & West Bank - March 3-8
   
2012 ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE Design tutor to Holon Institute of Technology team of Interior Design 3rd Year Design Studio, developing ecological and design interventions in the Jessie Cohen Community Center, Holon
   
2012 ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE Design tutor to Athens and Thessaloniki teams of young architects, landscape architects and engineers, developing ecological and design interventions in a number of public schools in Athens and Thessaloniki, and a selected number of welfare institutions.
   
2012 Ecological Architecture & Preservation 3rd Year Design Studio, Interior Design Program, College of Managment, Rishon
   
2012 Ecological Design in Student Housing 3rd Year Design Studio, Interior Design Department, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
   
2012 ECOWEEK in BELGRADE ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, co-organizer and spokesman, Belgrade, Serbia - November 26-30
   
2012 Urban Footprint + Affordable Communities + Green Design ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Rome, Italy - September 24-30
   
2012 REUNION in GREEN DISTRICT ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, co-organizer and spokesman, Krakow, Poland - May 17-19
   
2012 Urban Innovation + Green Design ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Thessaloniki, Greece - April 2-8
   
2012 Urban Communities + Affordable Living + Green Design ECOWEEK with Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in the Middle East International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Israel & West Bank
   
2011 Urban Communities + Green Architecture ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Athens, Greece - December 12-18
   
2011 Urban Communities + Green Architecture ECOWEEK with the Politecnico di Milano, International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Milano, Italy - September 12-18
   
2011 Urban Communities + Green Architecture ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Design students & young professionals - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Thessaloniki, Greece - March 28 - April 3
   
2011 Ecological Architecture & Preservation 3rd Year Design Studio, Interior Design Department, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
2010 Ecological Architecture & Preservation 3rd Year Design Studio, Interior Design Program, College of Managment, Rishon
   
2010 Green Architecture :: Community :: Sustainability ECOWEEK International Design Workshops for Architecture and Design students - Initiator, coordinator, workshop leader and spokesman, Beit Jala, West Bank (Palestine) - October 22-23
   
2010 Green Architecture :: Community :: Sustainability ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture and Design students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Israel & West Bank (Palestine) - July 25 - August 1
   
2010 Ecology + Community + Architecture ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture and Design students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Athens, Greece - March 13 - 20
   
2010 ECOWEEK Environmental Awareness Program for High School students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Attica, Greece
   
2010 Ecological Design Seminar for 3rd Year Design students, Interior Design and Industrial Design Department, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
   
2010
Ecological Architecture & Preservation 3rd Year Design Studio, Interior Design Department, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
   
2009 Empowering Youth: Ecology + Leadership + Architecture ECOWEEK International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture and Design students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Athens, Greece - March 31 - April 6
   
2009 Green Initiatvies in Civil Engineering ECOWEEK with Sami Shamoon College of Engineering in Beersheva, Israel. Conference for Green Engineering, Architecture and Design - Co-initiator, co-organizer and spokesman, Beersheva, Israel - February 23
   
2009 ECOWEEK Environmental Awareness Program for High School students - Initiator and coordinator, Greece & Cyprus
   
2008
Ecological Architecture: Why? Who? How? Architecture Department, University Center, Ariel
   
2008 Week for the Environment & Green Architecture ECOWEEK with the Municipality of Larnaka, Cyprus - International Conference for Green Architecture - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Larnaka, Cyprus - May 16-19
   
2008 Ecology + Environment + Architecture ECOWEEK with AIA Continental Europe - International Conference & Design Workshops for Architecture and Design students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Athens, Greece - April 10-13
   
2008 ECOWEEK Environmental Awareness Program for High School students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Greece & Cyprus
   
2007 ECOWEEK Environmental Awareness Program for High School students - Initiator, coordinator and spokesman, Attica, Greece
 
2002
SUMMER COURSE IN GREECE: Ancient & Modern History Technion Faculty of Architecture
   
  An intense sketching experience that through sketching students learn to observe and to see, and then to sketch what they see. Through observation and sketching exercises in historic and modern cities in cities throughout Greece, students learn about the Orders, about architectural details, about proportions and about free-hand perspective. A course that enriches the architectural skills of students and strengthens their ability to communicate their ideas in their unique language of free-hand drawing.

Images from the summer course:
 
 
 

2001
Architectural drawing, freehand & rendering Technion Faculty of Architecture
 
2001
SUMMER COURSE IN GREECE: Ancient & Modern History Technion Faculty of Architecture
   
  An intense sketching experience that through sketching students learn to observe and to see, and then to sketch what they see. Through observation and sketching exercises in historic and modern cities in cities throughout Greece, students learn about the Orders, about architectural details, about proportions and about free-hand perspective. A course that enriches the architectural skills of students and strengthens their ability to communicate their ideas in their unique language of free-hand drawing.

Images from the summer course:
 
 
 
2000
Lecture Course on the History and Architecture of the Synagogue Technion Faculty of Architecture
 
2000
SUMMER COURSE IN JERUSALEM: Architectural drawing, freehand & rendering Technion Faculty of Architecture
   
  An intense sketching experience that through sketching students learn to observe and to see, and then to sketch what they see. Sometimes discovery can take place close at home - without the need to travel to other countries. The course took place in Jerusalem, mostly around the Old City area, Rockfeller Museum and the Emek Refaim area and cemetary. Through observation and sketching exercises in mostly historic settings, students learn about the Orders, about architectural details, about proportions and about free-hand perspective. A course that enriches the architectural skills of students and strengthens their ability to communicate their ideas in their unique language of free-hand drawing.

The presentation of the course took the unusual form of the students sketching their own sketches enlarged on the walls of the Technion Faculty of Architecture building corridors... an experience that proved quite unique for them.

Images from the summer course:
 
 
 
2000
Seminar Course on Building Systems Holon Institute of Technology<
1999
Interior Architectural Design Studio Fourth Year Students Holon Institute of Technology
 
1999
Lectures on the History of Architecture Technion Faculty of Architecture
 
1999
Architectural drawing freehand & rendering First Year Students University Center, Ariel
1999
Lecture Course History of Contemporary Architecture Architecture Department, University Center, Ariel
1999
Architectural Design Studio First Year Students University Center, Ariel
 
1998
Lecture Course History of Architecture Holon Institute of Technology
 
1998
Architectural drawing freehand & rendering First Year Students University Center, Ariel
 
1998
Lecture Course History of Contemporary Architecture University Center, Ariel
1998
Architectural Design Studio First Year Students University Center, Ariel
 
1997
Architectural drawing freehand & rendering Bezalel Academy Department of Architecture
 
1997
Architectural Studio Critic Bezalel Academy Departmentt of Architecture
 
1997
Lecture Course History of Architecture Holon Institute of Technology
 
1997
Lecture Course History of Contemporary Architecture University Center, Ariel
1997
Architectural Design Studio First Year Students University Center, Ariel
1996
Architectural drawing freehand & rendering Bezalel Academy Department of Architecture
 
1996
Architectural Studio Critic Bezalel Academy Departmentt of Architecture
1995
Architectural drawing freehand & rendering Bezalel Academy Department of Architecture
 
1995
Architectural Studio Critic Bezalel Academy Departmentt of Architecture
1995
Lecture Course on History of Architecture Athens College Adult Education Program
1990
Architectural Major studio critic (with Arch. Turan Duda) Yale College
 
1988
Architectural drawing freehand & rendering (with Arch. Richard Fogelson) Bezalel Academy Department of Architecture