On Thursday May 8th at the Cyprus House in NY, a lecture on the topic of ‘Architecture in Cyprus in the 21st century’ was given by the architect of Cypriot descent Theocharis David who is a practicing architect in the US and Cyprus and a Professor of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York. The event was organized by the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Cyprus Trade Center in New York and was attended by many professors, renowned architects and members of the chamber of commerce.
During a brief introduction, the President of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce, Andreas Comodromos, referred to the goals of the Chamber in the United States, which include the tightening of commercial ties between Cyprus and the US. He then spoke about their varied program of future events.
The Commercial Counselor for Cyprus in the US, Mr. Dennis Droushiotis and the Consul General of Cyprus in New York, Mrs. Martha Maurommatis then congratulated the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce for its wide-ranging activities and its efforts to enhance the commercial image of Cyprus within the US. Mrs. Maurommatis also referred to the significance of April 16th 2003 – the day of the signing of Cyprus’ accession treaty to the EU.
Professor Theo David then gave his lecture employing the use of slides to contrast the past with present Cypriot architecture and its natural progression from the days of the ancient Chirokitia to the modern housing of the 21st century. Professor David also spoke about the housing needs that were created by the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus in 1974 and the subsequent creation of an Architectural Co-operative under the leadership of the Cypriot architect and former Minister of Education Mr. Pefkios Georgiades. This Architectural Co-operative, in which Professor David participated, worked hard immediately following the Turkish invasion to build emergency refugee housing for the thousands of Greek-Cypriot refugees.
During his presentation, the Professor gave a detailed account of current modern constructions in Cyprus and he made detailed reference to public buildings such as the GSP Pancypria Stadium in Nicosia which he designed after winning an international competition.
Professor David concluded his speech by stating that Cyprus offers an incredibly unique challenge for creativity because of its diverse beauty and history.
His presentation was truly a pleasure because he gave us a taste of the people and the civilization of Cyprus, as well as a landscape of Cyprus which without a doubt is the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
Andreas Comodromos, CPA, of Comodromos Associates, President of Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce, told GreekNews:
“This project with Pratt Institute is repeated on a annual basis. The Chamber co-sponsored it for the first time and we think programs like this, getting to know Cyprus will continue for the future. This is the beginning of these kind of programs that we will organize for the years to come. On June 17 we have a presentation by the Under Secretary General of the UN, Benon Sevan, who is of Cypriot origin, on the oil for food program in Iraq”.
The lecture was followed by a wine Cypriot tasting organized by the Cyprus Trade Center.