East and West: Cross-Cultural Influences

East and West: Cross-Cultural Influences as Source .


of Originality in Architecture and Applied Arts                                                                                                                                                                                  


Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY) organizes the round table East and West: Cross-Cultural Influences as Source of Originality in Architecture and Applied Arts.

RCINY invited cultural organizations, members of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) cluster in New York, to participate in this event. Instituto Italiano di CulturaInstituto CervantesBulgarian Cultural Salon, and Bulgarian Artists in America will join us.


  • Date and time: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 pm.
  • Location: Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, Auditorium Hall
  • 200 East 38th St. (at 3rd Ave), New York, NY 10016
  • Moderator: LIVIO DIMITRIU, Ph.D. – Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute / Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

Panelists (listed alphabetically):

THEOHARIS L. DAVID - Architect, Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute / Consulate General of Cyprus in New York (as representative of the Ministry of Education and Culture) 
Cyprus: Search for Identity an East-West Cross Road of Architecture

GIULIANO FIORENZOLI - Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute / Instituto Italiano di Cultura in New York 
Sammezzano Castle: A Rare Example of Moorish Style in Tuscany, Italy.

JAVIER ANTÓN - Architect, Ph.D. Candidate in theory and history of architecture at University of Navarra (Spain), Research and Teaching Assistant at Columbia University (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) / Instituto Cervantes in New York 
The Alhambra Manifesto: A “lieu de mémoire"

IVAN VALTCHEV - Visual artist, former professor in visual arts, building restorer, Knight Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem / Bulgarian Cultural Salon in New York & Bulgarian Artists in America

BOJIDAR YVANEV, Dr.Sc. - P.E., Executive Director, Bridge Inspection and Management, NYCDOT, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York, Department of Civil Engineering, and at Brooklyn Polytechnic / Bulgarian Cultural Salon in New York.


Bulgarian Architecture from Organic to Synthetic and, Hopefully, Back Again



The theme of this round table is inspired by our current architecture show Brâncoveanu – Treasures in Romanian and European Cultural Heritage. This extensive exhibition - conceived and designed by Mr. Sorin Vasilescu, Ph.D, architect, professor at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest - commemorates 300 years since the death of Constantin Brancoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (1654-1714). Architecture flourished during his reign and came to be known as the “Brancovan Style” or “Romanian Renaissance” (late 17th century / early 18th century). The exhibition displays more than three hundred photographs of the most representative monuments of that time – some of them included in UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage, such as Hurezi Monastery. The Brancovan Style is considered an original synthesis of Eastern influences such as Byzantine and Ottoman, and Western Europe influences, particularly Italian. The Brancovan Style was a major source of inspiration for the Romanian architects at late 19th century / first half of 20th century, and led to the Neo-Romanian Style, similar to the Romanesque revival in the Richardsonian style in the US.

Each panelist will address the topic of cross-cultural influences in architecture and applied arts from the perspective of the architectural culture of his/her homeland.