Stephanie Davidson (*London, Ontario, Canada) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction (Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada) before studying architecture at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, England). Davidson worked in offices in Montreal, Canada and Cologne, Germany and in the Berlin offices of sauerbruch hutton and Gonzalez Haase, before teaming-up with Georg Rafailidis. Davidson co-authored a book on beginning design called “Processes of Creating Space: An Architectural Design Workbook” (Routledge, 2017). Davidson is currently an assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada. She is Visiting Faculty at Ioannina for the 2023 Spring Semester, as a guest of CRISIS Research Lab.
Stephanie Davidson, together with Georg Rafailidis, have formed DAVIDSON RAFAILIDIS (www.davidsonrafailidis.net). The interest underlying much of their work is the friction between the original design intentions for spaces and buildings, and the much richer built reality and unpredictable lives that buildings inevitably have. In most of their work, they study existing built conditions – sometimes these studies evolve into built works and sometimes the studies take the form of documentation (drawings, photographs, writing). The duo was recognized with the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York in 2018. The realized work of DAVIDSON RAFAILIDIS embraces frugality; projects are accomplished on lean budgets and are seen as case studies in financially accessible architecture: space for everyone.