History, theory and design of Architecture
Boris Hamzeian (PhD École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne–EPFL, 2021) is an architect and post- doctoral fellow in History of Architecture. His re- search focuses on post-war avant-garde architecture and, more particularly, on the so-called “tecnomorphic architecture,” namely the experiments transfer- ring in architecture the fabrication process, methods and aesthetics of industry and technology. He published articles on the history of the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou in Paris (subject of his PhD thesis, 2021) and UFO group, and works by OMA and Aldo Rossi. He is one of the curators of the exhibition Unidentified Flying Object (UFO), performer l’architecture held at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire.
Hamzeian is pursuing his research on the architectural and construction history of the Centre Pompidou, focusing on its modification and restoration, as deputy researcher at the architecture service (MNAM-CCI) at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is pursuing the study of tecnomorphic architecture with research into the origins of Archigram group, as visiting scholarof Architectural Association School of London and Princeton University School of Architecture.
His research has been funded by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (CFBE, 2015-2018), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF, 2018, 2022), and the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture (Italy) as part of the Italian Council program (IX edition, 2020).His PhD thesis was shortlisted for the EPFL Doctorate Award 2022 and the Doctoral Program Thesis Distinction 2022, and won two thesis prizes granted by Institut Georges Pompidou and Fondazione Ing. Lino Gentilini (in colllaboration with Università di Trento).
He is member of the scientific committee of Archphoto 2.0 magazine, member of the Construction History Society and co-founder of False Mirror Office.
He is author of two monographs published by Actar in 2022
The Live Centre of Information. From Pompidou to Beaubourg. 1968-1971
Unidentified Flying Object for Contemporary Architecture. UFO’s Experiments Between Political Activism and Artistic Avant-Garde (with Beatrice Lampariello and Andrea Anselmo, eds.)