Stefanescu, Cristian

Teknikk
arkitektur og kunst

Artist statement

Åpent atelier lørdag 27. april 2019.
a-works constructs environments which play with spatial and sensorial experience. These environments evolve through the curious use of materials, assemblies and methods, while extending across various scales, locations and types. The studio is based in Bergen, Norway and led by the Romanian/Canadian architect Cristian Stefanescu.

Besøksadresse
Vetrlidsallmenningen 27A
5014 Bergen

Kontakt
Telefon: 94149903
E-postadresse: info@a-works.co
Web: http://www.a-works.co

CV

CRISTIAN STEFANESCU
Arkitekt MNAL
Vetrlidsallmeningen 27a | 5014 Bergen | NO
+47 94 14 99 03
info@a-works.co

Cristian Stefanescu is a Romanian/Canadian architect based in Bergen, Norway. Since 2012 he has been running his own award-winning architecture and art practice a-works in tandem with regularly teaching at the Bergen School of Architecture. His work has been shown at the Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen Norway, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania and at the Architekturzentrum Wien as part of the Vienna Biennale. His contribution to the Hardanger Skyspace, commissioned by Kunsthuset Kabuso and authored by the artist James Turrell, received 2nd place in the Betongtavlen 2017 award, the highest prize for concrete architecture in Norway. In addition, the participatory project Pyramid Park, the design and construction of a public park, won 1st prize in the national competition for public space design in Romania.

1984 born in Braila, Romania
2003-07 Bachelor of Architectural Science, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada
2007-09 Edward Wojs Architect, Toronto, Canada
2009-12 Master of Architecture, Bergen School of Architecture, Bergen Norway (with exchange studies at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden)
2013 founded a-works, Bergen Norway

Selected Works
2017-18 White Box (Black Box Teater Foyer) | design + construction of foyer/bar/gallery | Black Box Teater | Oslo, Norway [co-authored with Kolab Arkitekter]
2017-18 ALDEA Center for Contemporary Art Design and Technology | design + project management of artist studios, workshops and gallery | Aldea AS | Bergen, Norway
2017- Care + Repair Urbanism - participatory public space | Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna Biennale 2017 | Vienna, Austria
2015 This Place is Pretty Good | design of riverside pavilion + exhibition | Braila Municipality | Braila, Romania [co-author with students and teachers at the Bergen School of Architecture]
2015-17 Pyramid Park | design + construction of a public park | Braila, Romania
2015-16 Warming Hut | design + construction of art installation in public space | Barents Spektakel | Kirkenes, Norway + Nikel, Russia [collaboration for All Digressions Aside by artist Apichaya Wanthiang]
2013-16 Hardanger Skyspace | design of art intallation in public space building | Kunsthuset Kabuso | Øystese, Norway [project architect for artist James Turrell]

Teaching
2018 Making Environments (short course) | Trondheim Academy of Fine Art | Trondheim, Norway
2014- Teacher of Architectural Design & Methodologies | Bergen School of Architecture |Bergen Norway
2014-16 Autumn Semester Coordinator / Main Teacher - 3rd Year | Bergen School of Architecture| Bergen, Norway
2012-14 Assistant Teacher - 3rd Year | Bergen School of Architecture | Bergen, Norway
2006-07 Student Assistant | Architectural Theory - 4th Year | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada

Awards
2017 2nd place | Betongtavlen 2017 | Norwegian national award for concrete architecture
2015 1st place | Urbanianda | Open national competition for the design of public space in Romania
2015 Honourable Mention | Romanian pavilion entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Invited Lectures
2017 Care + Repair | Vienna Architecture Biennale | Vienna, Austria
2015 Tactic and Strategy - Art in Public Space | Hordaland Kunstsenter | Bergen, Norway
2014 Empathy and Complicity | Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia | Venice, Italy
2011 Tectonics | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada

Guest Critics
2018 master studio | Bergen School of Architecture, Bergen, Norway
2016 ARCHIP | Prague, Czech Republic
2016 Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning | Bucharest, Romania
2013 master studio | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada
2008 thesis review | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada
2007 thesis review | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada
2007 3rd year design studio | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada
2006 3rd year design studio | Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science | Toronto, Canada

Exhibitions
2016 This Place is Pretty Good | City Museum and Gallery of Braila | Braila, Romania
2016 This Place is Pretty Good | National Museum of Contemporary Art | Bucharest, Romania
2015 This Place Pretty Good | "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism | Bucharest, Romania

Authored Texts / Publications
2018 The Story of the Bergen School of Architecture | Educational Architecture International Conference [Author | Conference Paper]
2016 This place is pretty good: spatial engagement with Braila’s latency [Co-author | Book]
2015 Garage Thinking: The Transfiguration of Everyday Affordances | Arhitectura Magazine [Author | Magazine Article]
2014 Think It Yourself: Images and Dreams of Sandviken for Better or Worse [Co-editor | Book]
2013 Barcelona Urban Abductions: Fragments of Inquisitive Architectural Tachyagraphy [Co-editor | Book]
2008 Social Housing Alternatives | 325 Arch Magazine [Author | Magazine Article]

Text/Publications on Selected Projects
2018 BAS teaching of 3rd year and master course Sentralbadet | Arkitektur N [Magazine]
2017 Hardanger Skyspace | Byggutengrenser [Magazine]
2016 Turrellsynet | Dagens Nyheter [D2]
2016 Priming | Arkytekt Nytt [Magazine]
2015 “This place is pretty good” And it really is | Zepellin Architecture [Magazine]
2015 Urban Interventions in Braila | Igloo Architecture [Magazine]
2009 Remaining Positive | Canadian Architect [Magazine]
2008 A Home in Muzaffarabad; The Building of Ambor | Architecture-Quebec [Magazine]
2006 Orphaned Spaces | Canadian Architect [Magazine]

Stipends | Grants
2018 Bergen Kommune - Project Funding | 31 buildings
2015 Bergen Kommune - Project Funding | Concrete Is Stranger Than Fiction
2014 NBK - Project funding | If On a Winter’s Night, A Room
2014 EEA Grant | This Place is Pretty Good
2014 Husbanken Grant for Sustainable Housing and Construction Quality (Community Development) Reinventing Damsgårdssundet Through Shared Design Tactics
2013 Project funds for North America, Center for International Education (SIU) | Collaboration fund between the Bergen School of Architecture and the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada

31 buildings | Hordaland Kunstsenter 2018 | Art installation on material and spatial diversity
Black Box Teater Foyer | Oslo 2018 | Foyer transformation conceived as a multifunctional space to serve as a lounge, bar and performance/event/community space
Hardanger Skyspace | Øystese 2016 | Project architect in collabration with artist James Turrell
ALDEA Center for Contemporary Art, Design and Technology | Bergen 2018 | Gallery, workshop space and artist studios meant to contribute to the cultural infastructure and community of the city