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Gia Daskalakis



Daskalakis teaches core and advanced architecture and design studios, as well as history, theory, and practice seminars in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. She is principle of Das:20 Architecture Studio, a practice involved in built commissions and speculative research/design projects. Her teaching and practice intertwine to serve as a laboratory for observing and operating in an increasingly complex and fragile world. Projects deploy strategies that engage multiple scales of the environment simultaneously from the territorial, to the landscape, to the building and room.

Daskalakis’ current research focuses on the ethical, health, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture. She asks the question, “what if the entire world population moved to a plant-based diet?” Design case studies experiment with the 40% of habitable world land gradually made available and imagines alternative land uses, and ecological, programmatic, social, and spatial assemblages.

She is co-editor and author of “Stalking Detroit,” published bilingually in English and Spanish by Actar, and recently released as a second edition e-book. She is a past Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan and a recipient of the Young Architects Forum Competition Award from the Architectural league of New York. Essays and design work have been published in Human Cities, Celebrating Public Space, Quaderns d’Arquitectura I Urbanisme (Spain), Summa (Argentina), and On Diseno (Spain). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Union of International Architects Congress in Barcelona, and as part of the traveling European and North American Landscape Urbanism Exhibition.

She holds a doctorate diploma from the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, and a bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Work by Gia Daskalakis

A horse looks across an agricultural field at a long white barn structure with vertical stripes of grey and beige.

Dressage Arena and Veterinary Residence

North Façade, Quincy, MI
Front of a gabled barn with white roof and siding overhanging the entryway. The front wall is constructed of four rows of vertical wood slats and includes a sliding barn door and two small windows.

Dressage Arena

West View
2. dressage arena site plan section

Das:20 Architecture Studio, Dressage Arena

Quincy, MI, site plans + site section
view of barn on open plain with horse and blue skies

Das:20 Architecture Studio, Dressage Arena

Quincy, MI, pasture with horse stalls, exterior view
Rendering of a wooded park with a stream with a boardwalk running along the length and footbridges across.

Ryan Park Development

Coldwater, MI, perspective view old growth forest
Site plan showing a space with proposed community gardens, arboretum, restaurant/culinary school, greenhouse/garden community school, parking, run off trench, pavillion, reflecting pool, aluminum field, experimental gardens by artists, and windmills.

Ryan Park Proposal

Site Plan, Quincy, MI
Site plan with many colored markings but no labels.

Sutton Fruit Garden Proposal

Site Plan, St. Louis, MO
Rendering of a garden area full of tropical flowers and fruit and spindly shade structures with thatched roofs.

Sutton Fruit Garden

Northwest View
7. sutton fruit park, tunnel

Sutton Fruit Garden

Maplewood, MO, perspective view
5. aranalfe headquarters, iinterior view

Aranalfe Headquarters

Buenos Aires, Argentina, interior view offices
interior hall view of offices with glass windows

Aranalfe Headquarters

Buenos Aires, Argentina, interior view offices
abstract landscape rendering in pinks, greens, yellows

Landscape Study

(paint, Japanese paper, powder dyes, filaments)