By: Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis (Davidson Rafailidis)
Site: Buffalo, NY
Davidson Rafailidis is an architectural practice established in 2008 by Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis. In their work, they aim to encourage heightened physical relationships between buildings and people. Each of their projects offers instinctive, immediate spatial experiences which are independent from the typically short lifespan of contemporary architectural programs. They pursue an architecture which facilitates free programmatic appropriation and triggers constant reuse, not by being empty or generic, but by being highly specific, full and generous. Davidson Rafailidis has received funding from the Landesregion Nordrhein Westfalen, Public Art Milwaukee, Edmonton Public Art and the Canada Council for the Arts. Their work has been exhibited and published internationally.
Stephanie Davidson studied Fine Art at Mount Allison University, Canada and architecture at Dalhousie University, Canada and the Architectural Association, London England. Stephanie is a recipient of a Canadian Center of Architecture (CCA) Fellowship, Montreal Canada, the European Ceramic Work Centre Residency, the Netherlands, and the Canada Council of the Arts Research/Creation Grant. Stephanie taught architectural design at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany from 2007 until 2010 and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Georg Rafailidis studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich Germany and at the Architectural Association, London England. Engaged in practice as well as research, writing and teaching, Georg worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and London before setting up independent practice with his partner Stephanie Davidson. Georg taught architectural design at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany from 2005 until 2010 and is currently Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.