Prof. Almantas Samalavicius

Speciality: Aesthetics Of Architecture, Architectural Criticism, City Culture, Urban Studies And Literary
University: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Country: Lithuania
City: Vilnius
Spoken Language: English
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Born in 1963 Prof. Almantas Samalavicius is an architectural historian, aesthetician and urban researcher as well as literary scholar. He is professor at the school of Architecture, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University where he teaches architectural criticism, aesthetics of architecture, city culture and urban studies in MA programs and supervises doctoral dissertations. Simultaneously he is professor at the Department of English, Vilnius University.

He is an author of some 12 scholarly books as well as editor of 11 collections of essays and academic articles and anthologies published in Lithuania, UK and USA. His interests as a writer range from Baroque architecture and history of architectural ideas to urban theories of the modern period as well as cultural, architectural and literary criticism. Last but not least he is an author of two acclaimed books on the problems and history of higher education published in Lithuania.
In addition he is an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism (Taylor and Francis/Routledge) and Chicago-based Lituanus: the Lithuanian Quarterly. He has previously served as president of Lithuanian PEN and continues to sit on its board.
His books, essays and articles have been translated into some 14 languages and were awarded 8 prizes in his home country.

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PhD in Art History and Theory, Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

Research interests:

  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Aesthetics of Architecture
  • Lithuanian Baroque architecture
  • Urban Studies
  • Modern Lithuanian Literature
  • Postcolonialism


  1. Nuo nekropolio iki akropolio

Nuo nekropolio iki akropolio: Vilniaus miestovaizdžio metamorfozės

Nuo nekropolio iki akropolio: Vilniaus miestovaizdžio metamorfozės (From Necropolis to Acropolis: The Metamorphosis of Vilnius’ Cityscape), Vilnius: Kulturos barai, 2017, 192 p. (in Lithuanian).

The book contains 16 essays focused on transformation of cityscape of Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, as well as discussion of other aspects of visual transformation of former urban symbols, analysis of how new these visual symbols of consumer culture take over the historical ones and what new meaning they create; several essays are focused on problems of transformation of urban spaces that lack character and relation to genius loci (or spirit of the place). Developing tradition of architectural and urban criticism offered by Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs the author of the book provides a fresh and novel view at the cityscape, urban structure and public spaces of Vilnius city. The essays are accompanied by photos taken by the author


  1. Rethinking Modernism and the Built Environment

Rethinking Modernism and the Built Environment

Rethinking Modernism and the Built Environment, edited by Almantas Samalavicius, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, 226 p.

This volume is a passionate scholarly inquiry focused on some of the most pressing issues confronting contemporary architectural practice, urbanism and city-making. Presented in a form of conversations with leading and internationally renowned architects, architectural and urban historians, urban designers, urban sociologists and anthropologists and other experts and social thinkers,  it offers a critique of the legacy of Modernism and revises its impact upon global urbanization and architectural as well as urban design. The book includes the editor’s introductory essay and his conversations with Witold Rybczynski, Kenneth Frampton, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Leon Krier, Nikos Salingaros, Arnold Berleant, Harry Francis Mallgrave, Roger Scruton, James Howard Kunstler, Nan Elin, etc.).


  1. Miesto kultūra

Miesto kultūra

Miesto kultūra. Vilnius: Technika, 2008, 88 p. (City Culture, in Lithuanian)

A texbook written in an essay format  introduces the notion of city culture as well as various ideas and concepts of a city that emerged in different historical periods in Western Europe. In particular the book is focused on the development of an idea of city in the ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Modern period. The author briefly discusses ideas on the city presented by such divrese utopian and urban thinkers as Robert Owen, John Silk Buckingham, Ebenezer Howard, San‘t Elia, Le Corbuzier, Frank Lloyd Wright, R. Buckminster Fuller, Constantinos Doxiadis, Paul and Percival Goodman and Lewis Mumford. The textbook is accompanied with relevant images as well as suggestions for further reading and control questions.


  1. Ideas and Structures:  Essays in Architectural History

Ideas and Structures: Essays in Architectural History

Ideas and Structures:  Essays in Architectural History. Eugene, Oregon:  Resource Publications/An Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011, 130 p.

The book is a scholarly inquiry into several dimensions of culture, exploring relationship between architecture and metaphysical ideas as well as religious and philosophical concepts in various periods of human history, a relationship which has, however, been largely forgotten or neglected by maodernity. It is a scholarly attempt to map out a general picture of how certain ideas have made their way into architectural structures or shaped them in one or another way, from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present. The four essays it contains, focusing on light, water, color and sound in architecture are written by an author who is historian and critic of architecture and are presented from the perspective of the history of ideas.


  1. Miestas ir protas

Miestas ir protas

Miestas ir protas, Vilnius: Technika, 2013,  160 p. (City and Mind, in Lithuanian)

The monograph is a discussion of urban thinking and concepts of urbanism offered in the 20th century by leading urban thinkers, planners and urban designers. The author discusses he origins of Modern urbanism and its relation to Modern imagination. Critical discussion of urban concepts introduced  by Camillo Sitte, Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, Lewis Mumford, Constantinos Doxiadis, Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs, Christian Norberg-Schultz is provided as well as analysis of a more recent concepts of the “city of consumption” offered by Malcolm and Steven Miles, “creative city” by Charles Landry, idea of homo creativus and its effect upon understanding urbanism by Richard Florida, ideas of green city (Herbert Girardet) and integral urbanism (Nan Ellin) are overviewed by the author in relation to the most pressing issues of contemporary urbanism.


  1. The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature

Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature, edited by Almantas Samalavičius, Sawtry, Cambs, UK: Dedalus Limited, 2013, 250 p.

Featuring the nation‘s greatest novelists and short story tellers, The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature shows how Lithuanian prose writers have reflected the country‘s development from an agrarian society to its ability to survive the worst ideologies of the 20 century. The volume contains some 19 short stories and excerpts of novels docummenting the development of Lithuanian literature since early 20th to the 21st century. The only anthology of Lithuanian writing covering the rise and development of modern Lithuanian literature  in English transaltion is compiled, edited and introduced by literary scholar and critic Almantas Samalavičius.

  1. Idėjos ir struktūros architektūros istorijoje

Idėjos ir struktūros architektūros istorijoje

Idėjos ir struktūros architektūros istorijoje. Vilnius: Kultūros barai, 2004, 192 p. (The Lithuanian version of Ideas and Structures published earlier than the English one which is more concise and revised by the author for the English translation).

  1. Vilniaus Šv. Petro ir Povilo bažnyčia

Vilniaus Šv. Petro ir Povilo bažnyčia

Vilniaus Šv. Petro ir Povilo bažnyčia, Vilnius: Vilniaus pilys, 1998, 2016 p. (Vilnius SS.Peter and Paul‘s Church, with Dr. Stasys Samalavičius, in Lithuanian)

The monograph co-written with the author‘s father Dr. Stasys Samalavičius analyzes the history and aestehtic value of Lithuania‘s most important Baroque structure. The book discusses the history of building and its restorations, the artistic work (stucco decorations) of Italian sculptors Pietro Perti and Giovanni Maria Galli as well as the idocographic program of its stunning interior decoration. Placed within the context of the 17th century cultural and historical developments it is the study of the making of Lithuanian Baroque architecture strongly influenced by Italian Baroque masters.

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