Skender Luarasi

Skender Luarasi

PhD, AIA

SKËNDER LUARASI

Departament
Scientific Research
Contact:
skender_luarasi@universitetipolis.edu.al

ACADEMIC PROFILE

Skënder Luarasi is an architect, educator, and writer. His PhD at Yale (2018), focuses on how design processes end, and how such question intersects with style, geometry and parametricism in history. Another research investigates the sustainability of urban form: how form anticipates and participates in the construction or erasure of the city. Luarasi has presented his research in numerous international conferences and has published in Log, Disegnare, Bitácora, Haecceity, A+P Forum, and other Journals. He is the editor (with Adil Mansure) of the book Finding San Carlino: Collected Perspectives on the Geometry of the Baroque, published by Routledge in Fall 2019. He is also the editor (with Gary Huafan He) of the book Collected Perspectives on the Contemporary Concepts of Organicism: The Limits of Self-generation, forthcoming from Routledge in Fall 2022. He is the author of Survival through Architecture: A Survey and Analysis of the Architectural Oeuvre of Skënder Kristo Luarasi, forthcoming from TU Graz Verlag in Fall 2022. Skender Luarasi holds a Master of Architecture from MIT (2005) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology (2000). He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Research and Development at POLIS University in Tirana, Albania. He has previously taught at Yale, RISD, UMass Amherst, WSU, and MIT. He has worked for dEcoi architects/MIT Digital Design Group, Kennedy & Violich Architects Ltd, Finegold + Alexander Associates Inc., Weldon Pries Architects, and Loheed Architects. His design practice is based in Boston and Tirana.

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Mansure, Adil and Skender Luarasi, Ed. & Author, Finding San Carlino: Collected Perspectives on
Geometry and the Baroque. London & New York: Routledge, 2019, ISBN 9781138313002.

BOOKS UNDER PUBLICATION CONTRACT

Luarasi, Skender and Gary He. The Limits of Self-generation: Collected Perspectives on the Contemporary
Concept(s) of Organicism, expected to be published by Routledge in 2022.

Luarasi, Skender. Survival through Architecture: A Survey and Analysis of the Architectural Oeuvre of
Skender Kristo Luarasi, 1908-1976, expected to be published by TU Graz Verlag in 2022

BOOKS IN PROGRESS

Luarasi, Skender. On the Art of Stopping in Architecture: A Speculative Inquiry into Style, Geometry, and
Parametricism, in History, is scheduled to be published by Routledge in 2023.

ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND EDITORIAL ESSAYS PUBLISHED IN BOOKS, SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS, AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Luarasi, Skender. “An Inquiry into the Problem of Stopping in the Digital Age.” The Past is Unpredictable:
Untimely Interrogations into Architecture, edited by Ingrid Mayrhofer-Hufnagl, (Seiten:Transcript, 2022, pp. 173-187, ISBN: 978-3-8376-6111-8.

Luarasi, Skender. “On Berat, the city of the Necklaces of Light.” Andi Papastefani, In Berat walking and
sketching. Tirana: Gent Grafik, 2022, pp. 29-36, ISBN 976-9928-294-80-7.

Mansure, Adil and Skender Luarasi. “Exhibition as Architectural Research: A report on the Instrumentality of
an Eternal Baroque.” Bitácora Arquitectura, Journal of the School of Architecture of the Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM, Issue 46, 2021, pp. 78-95, ISSN 2594-0856.

Luarasi, Skender. “Where Do You Stop: An Inquiry of the Design Process, In History.” In Proceedings of the
ConCave Ph.D. Symposium: Divergence in Architectural Research, March 5-6, 2020, edited by Hayri Dortdivanlioglu and Marisabel Marratt, pp. 185-190. Atlanta, GA: School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021, ISBN 978-0-9615650-1-5.

Luarasi, Skender. “Albanian Archipelagos: The City of a Non-normativity Foretold.” Forum A+P,
Interdisciplinary Journal of Architecture and Built Environment, Issue 22, 2021, pp. 89-93, ISSN 2227-7994.

Luarasi, Skender. “Modernism as the unconscious of globalism: mapping of subjectivities in
Sigfried Giedion’s historiography.” Modernisation and Globalization: New Paradigms in Architecture, City, Territory, Florian Nepravishta & Andrea Maliqari, Ed., La scuola di Pitagora editrice, Napoli, 2021, pp. 57-63, ISBN: 978-88-6542-814-6.

Luarasi, Skender. “Punctuating Gjirokastra’s Modernsim.” Rethinking Gjirokastra: Can Architecture and City
Planning Stimulate Hope and Growth for Shrinking Cities, OMB Series, Volume 7, POLIS University, Tirana, 2021, pp. 58-65, ISBN: 978-9928-4459-8-8

Luarasi, Skender and Adil Mansure. “Drawing as an expanded field: Francesco Borromini’s San Carlo alle
Quattro Fontane.” Disegnare, Idee, Imagini, Issue 61, 2020, pp. 82-95, ISBN 1123-9247.

Luarasi, Skender. “Punctuating Tirana’s Disappearing Modernism.” Foreword of Tirana: A 100 Sketches for
100 Years Capital, by Andi Papastefani. Tirana: Gent Grafik, 2020, unpaginated, ISBN 978-9928-294-25-8.

Luarasi, Skender. “A White Pyramid and a Center that Is Not a Center.” Log 47, Overcoming Carbon Form.
New York: Anyone Corporation, Fall 2019, pp. 76-84, ISBN 978-0-9992373-5-9.

Luarasi, Skender. “A Proposal for the PhD in Architecture: Toward the “Nocturnal Sky and Toggling Between
Research and Practice.” In Proceedings of 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference: The Practice of Teaching | Teaching of Practice, Antwerp, Belgium, 2019. ISBN 978-1-944214-23-4

Luarasi, Skender. “Reclaiming Memory: Modern Architecture in Albania”, Monuments, Issue 56, 2017, pp.
77-90, ISSN: 0253-1607.

Luarasi, Skender. “Towards an Ethics of Delay and an Aesthetic of Complexity: An Effort to Register the
Agency of Spatial Practices in the Shaping of the Territory [in Albania].” Përpjekja (The Effort), edited by Albana Rexhepaj, vol. 34-35, 2016, pp. 215-226, ISSN: 2073-4107.

Luarasi, Skender. “Naturalizing architecture – beauty becoming beast: Condensation House,” paper presented
at the ACSA 101st Meeting, March 2013.

Luarasi, Skender. “Sympathizing Sisyphus: A Moment from the Work of Skënder Kristo Luarasi.” Forum A+P,
Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning, Issue 13, 2013, pp. 174-188, ISSN: 2227-7994.

Luarasi, Skender. “Minimal Image – Ideogramming as Architectural Grammatology.” With Silence Implying
Sound, An Anthology of Architecture Theory, Haecceity Quarterly Architecture Essay (QAE), edited by Daniel Pavlovits, 2010, pp. 57-84, ISBN 978-0-646-53956-0.

Luarasi, Skender. “About the Modern Architecture in Albania,” Forum A+P, Journal of Architecture and Urban
Planning, vol 3, 2009, pp. 45-54.

ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS PUBLICATIONS

Luarasi, Skender. “Villa XLT, Tirana.” in A2020/1 Fragments of Contemporary Albanian Architecture, edited
by Nesila Hajdini and Armand Vokshi, Tirana: Genti-Grafik, pp. 99-104, 2021, ISBN: 978-9928-294-40-1

Luarasi, Skender. “Ideogramming, Minimal Image and the Architecture of Appearances – Kamiak Motel
Project,” Forum A+P, Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning, vol 2, 2009, pp. 42-52.

PAPERS AND PROJECT POSTERS PRESENTED IN CONFERENCES

Luarasi, Skender, “The Life and Death of Skanderbeg Square: The Chronicle of an Undoing Foretold, In a
Hundred Years,” accepted paper to be presented at the Histories of Urban Design Conference at
ETH, in November 2021.

Luarasi, Skender and Kumaraku, Llazar, “The Sustainability of the City through (Urban) Form: A Speculative
Inquiry along Tirana’s Main Axis,” presented in ICONA Conference at the University of Sapienza,
July 1st, 2021, and to be published in Proceedings in Fall 2021.

Luarasi, Skender. “Tirana: A 100 Sketches for 100 Years Capital,” paper presented at the 9th International
Congress of the Italian Association of Urban History AISU (11-14 September 2019)