Nikos Ktenàs was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1960. From 1977 to 1979, he attends various courses in Mathematics, Physics, Music Theory and Architecture at Columbia University, New York, at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, at The Cooper Union, NY and at the AIFS/ University of London, London. From 1979 to 1983 he studies architecture at the Dept. of Architecture, Art and Planning of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, where in 1983 he obtains his Professional Degree in Architecture.
He establishes his architectural practice in Lugano (TI), Switzerland in 1987 and in Athens, Greece, in 1993 and lives and works in both locations to the present.
From 1992 on he is invited as a critic in various universities in Greece, Italy, France and Switzerland. Has given numerous public lectures on his work and research.
His work has been extensively published in international reviews as well as in the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture and has been exhibited in various occasions, such as, in the Venice Biennale in 2000, 2006 and 2012, at the Netherlands Institute of Architecture (NAI), Rotterdam in 1998, at the Pavillon de l’Arsenale in Paris, France in 2001, in the Archivio C. Cattaneo in Como, Italy in 2003, at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece in 2007 & 2008, at the University of Beograd, Serbia in 2009, to mention a few.
He is awarded a special prize for his work in 2008 from the Hellenic Institute of Architecture (EIA), and has been a candidate for the Mies van der Rohe prize of European architecture in 2001 and 2003.
He has participated and conducted numerous architectural workshops all over Europe. From 1984 to 1992 he teaches at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland with Professor Luigi Snozzi. Since 2005 he has been invited Professor of Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura (UNI SI) in Mendrisio, Switzerland 2005 – 2007, at the University of Thessaly – Dept. of Architecture (UTH) Graduate program 2009 – 2011 and currently holds the position of invited professor at the Politecnico di Milano – Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, Italy.
He has a dedicated monographic 95-page publication of his Works and Projects in Greece and abroad by the review “Architecture in Greece”, Orestis Doumanis editor, Athens, Greece, 2006.He is also the author of, Nikos Ktenàs - Semplice / Complesso - Dialoghi di architettura no. 3, +xm Plusform - Iiritti editore, Italia, 2006.