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Arch. Augustin Ioan comes to the "SpectActor Meetings"

The guest of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater at the "SpectActor Meetings" season 2023-2024 is Augustin Ioan, architect, writer, university professor. Mr. Augustin Ioan will hold the conference "Neo-Romanian Architecture 2:0" on Saturday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m. The Cathedrals of the Great Union". His latest book, "Place in Dialogue", Ed Paideia 2023, will be launched on this occasion.

Presented by Nicolae Coande.

The meeting takes place in the foyer of the theater.

Tickets are available at the theater agency.

The guest:

Augustin IOAN is an architect, writer and university professor.

The most recent books are Piatra din capul unguului (2020, Doxologia, Iași) and Place in dialogue (2023, Paideia, Bucharest). He won the competition for the patriarchal cathedral in 2002. He received the Order of the Crown of Romania in the rank of knight (2013) and the award of the Romanian Academy for the archiepiscopal cathedral with royal necropolis in Curtea de Argeș (2017). His last book of poetry, Dust & Dust (2018), can be downloaded for free, in digital format, from, together with Poverism: Prolegomena for the rechristening of building.


After the First World War, Romania practically doubled its territory and population. Both the state administration and the Orthodox Church posed the problem of erecting suitable buildings for Greater Romania. At hand were neo-Romanian architecture, with its Brancove resource, but also Western architecture. The conference will explain how the twenties and thirties of the 20th century are crucial in concretizing a new way of responding, through architecture, to the national dilemma: how to be Latin and Byzantine at the same time.

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