Nikos Salingaros is a mathematician and polymath known for his internationally recognized work on urban development theory. Salingaros is a leading expert in Biophilia, human-centered design and pattern language, among others.
Salingaros proposes an alternative theoretical approach to architecture and urbanism that is more adaptive to human needs and aspirations, and that combines rigorous scientific analysis with deep intuitive experience. He has applied science-based techniques to confirm the essential importance of traditional building approaches for human health and wellbeing. With his Biophilic index, Salingaros has developed a tool to classify current and new buildings and their potential health impact on humans.
Salingaros has explored the deep connection between science and architecture and his work has had a significant theoretical influence on leading figures in architecture such as Christopher Alexander, author of the Book series A Pattern Language. His writings helped to introduce two key concepts in urban morphology, fractals and networks. In his book Principles of Urban Structure, he shows how networks which evolve from the bottom up lead to ordered and scaled hierarchies that are both efficient and well-adjusted. In connecting elements in cities, there is a natural ordering from many short links which aggregate to a lesser number of longer links which could be linked to small worlds, to scale-free networks, to power law distributions and to changes in transportation technology.
The Planetizen surveys of “The 100 most important urban thinkers of all time”, ranked Salingaros 11 in 2009 and 26 in 2017. He is together with Michael Mehaffy the winner of the 2018 Clem Labine Traditional Building Award. Moreover, Salingaros won the prestigious Stockholm Cultural Award in 2019. Salingaros is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners and is on the INTBAU Committee of Honor.