Richard Economakis



Prof. Economakis holds B. Arch and M.A. degrees from Cornell University.  He joined the School of Architecture in 1996 by way of London where he was Design Associate with Porphyrios Associates and Senior Editor of traditional titles at Academy Editions. He has also worked in the offices of John Simpson and Partners in London, Allan Greenberg in New Haven, and Robert A.M. Stern in New York.  At Academy Editions, Prof. Economakis edited numerous books including monographs on the work of architects Léon Krier and Quinlan Terry and the books Building Classical and Acropolis Restoration.  In 2004-5, he served as Assistant Design Tutor at the Prince of Wales’s Institute, London.  After joining the School of Architecture, Prof. Economakis served as Interim Director of Graduate Studies for the academic year of 1999-2000. As part of his teaching methodology he stresses the interrelationship of architectural and urban typologies, exploring them in a sequence of foundational design projects adapted for both undergraduate and graduate studios. Prof. Economakis co-organized two summer design programs in Greece based in the city of Nauplion (1997 and 1998), and more recently led the 2009 Bath Summer Studio in Bath, England. He co-edited the School’s publication, Building Cities (Artmedia), and is the author of the books Nisyros: History and Architecture of an Aegean Island (Melissa), and Acropolis: Ancient Cities (Artmedia). In 2003 he received the University of Notre Dame’s Kaneb Teaching Award, and was twice named Educator of the Year (2002 and 2009) by the School of Architecture’s Student Chapter of the AIA. Prof. Economakis is principal of Masten Economakis Architectural Design Consultants, which advised in the design of a 30-acre commercial development at Heritage Square, Mishawaka, and produced designs for residential, commercial, and civic buildings in the U.S. and Europe.  Most recently, Economakis realized the interiors of the Chapel at Grace Presbyterian Villages, in Dallas. He was co-founder (1997) of the Deupi Economakis Design Partnership, which produced new urban schemes for towns in Britain, the U.S., Turkey and Greece. Prof. Economakis’ design for a new gateway to the town of Seaside, Florida, was a runner-up winner in the Seaside Ceremonial Landmark Competition. In 2002-3 Prof. Economakis served as Design Associate for the new Whitman College in Princeton University by Porphyrios Associates, supervising schematic and design development phases of the project. In June 2007 he was invited to design a public building and residential units in the new town of Cayalà in Guatemala, on the basis of a master-plan by noted urbanist Léon Krier.