LASSA is a London and Brussels based architecture practice co-founded in 2009 by French and Greek architect Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Belgian architect Dora Sweijd. LASSA operates at the intersection between the fields of art, technology and social science. As a Practice, we prioritise the behavioural attributes of architectural form – its capacity to enact and affect participation, stimulate the corporal experience of space and enhance socialization and the collective.
LASSA is strongly engaged with technology for its pivotal role in the way we collaborate, design and fabricate architecture. Current work includes commissions from the public and private sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. LASSA is concurrently engaged in academic research through the work of diploma 17 at the Architecture Association and through workshops and lectures worldwide.
In 2010, LASSA was awarded a REA European research grant for COELUX, an advanced lighting system, in partnership with world leading specialists as well as research institutions throughout Europe and Switzerland. LASSA was shortlisted for a number of awards including the 2012 Chernikov award and the 2013 Lisbon Biennale award. LASSA is a chartered architecture company with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in London and Brussels.
Theo Sarantoglou Lalis I Founding Principal I ARB registered, UK.
Theo Sarantoglou Lalis is a French and Greek architect. He has been a Unit master for Diploma unit 17 at the Architectural Association since 2009. He is a visiting a professor at Chalmers University in Sweden. He has run architecture and urban design workshops in the US, UK, South america, China, Iran, Sweden and Australia. He has taught undergraduate studios in Lund and postgraduate studios at Harvard and Columbia. Prior to founding LASSA, he worked for 12 years as a project architect then project director on a number of completed international projects. He received his masters from the Bartlett school of Architecture in London. He has experience practicing architecture in 22 countries and is a registered architect since 2004.
Dora Sweijd I Founding Principal I Registered Architect, Belgium.
Dora Sweijd currently teaches at the Architectural Association in London and is a visiting professor at Chalmers University in Sweden. She has run architecture and urban design workshops in Rio, Nanjing, Antwerp and Lund. She was a visiting professor at Lund University. Prior to founding LASSA, she worked as an architect in practices in Brussels, London and New York including OMA, REX NY and Fosters and Partners. She is a registered architect in Brussels and she received her masters from the Bartlett school of Architecture in London.