Christos Passas (born in Famagusta, Cyprus) is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects. He has worked in the firm as a Senior Designer since February 1998. He was the Project Director and Lead Designer for numerous projects and winning competitions, including most notably the Sterling Prize nominee, the Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg, completed in November 2005. The Phaeno was nominated by the Guardian Newspaper as one of the 50 best buildings of the 20th century, together with the Sidney Opera House, the Fallingwater the TWA terminal and others.
EducationChristos studied and gained his professional degree at the School of Architecture of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1995, as a Fulbright Scholar. Subsequently, he continued with his postgraduate studies in the field of Advanced Architectural Design at the Architectural Association, London, where he received his Graduate Design Diploma in 1998. Christos is currently teaching at the AA Design Research Lab, M. Arch programme. He has also invited to numerous Design Juries at both undergraduate and at graduate level in Europe and the US.
WorkChristos led the competition design on various entries for the ZAHA, including the Holloway Road Pedestrian Bridge (1999) , 1st prize- and the Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg (2000-2006). He has also lead the competition for seminal designs such as The Wakefield Art Gallery (2004), Connecticut Science and Exploration Centre in Hartford, CT (2004), the S.C. Johnson Wax Project Honour (2005) a prestigious extension to F.L. Wright’s Johnson Wax campus in Racine, Wisconsin, lead the competition for Eleftheria Square redesign in Nicosia, Cyprus-1st prize (2005) and the Miami Science museum- 2nd prize (2006). He has contributed to the design of various projects including the Sheik Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi (1998- ongoing), Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Centre in Cincinnati (completed 2003) and the design of the MAXXI National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rome (2000-on going), and contributed in larger scale projects such as the Istanbul master plan for Kartal-Pendik. (2006).
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