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About me

I am an architect and landscape architect and my professional experience includes over ten entries in architectural and design competitions, four of them award-winning. I hold a PhD in Architecture from the University of Westminster, a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture (distinction) from Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University and a first degree in Architecture-Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.

In my academic career, I have been Lecturer in Landscape Design at the University of Kent; AHRC Principal Research Fellow at UCL; Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster; and visiting critic/speaker at The Bartlett, UCL, at University College Dublin, and at Oxford Brookes University.

I was appointed as Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Westminster from 2007-10. Between February 2011 and September 2012, I was Project Research and Development Officer for Build Up, the Professional Development and Consultancy Centre at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. 

Between 2012-14 I was employed as Research Fellow funded by the Leverhulme Trust (RF-2012-518) to do research on 'Interim spaces and creative use' including an international best practice and policy review as well as an empirical study focusing on London's temporary land use initiatives since 2008.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design and Visiting Lecturer in Architecture.

External Activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since June 2012
  • External examiner, Master of Landscape Architecture, Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, Norway (2014-15)
  • External examiner (Landscape Architecture), School of Architecture, University College Dublin (2011-2014)
  • Reviewer for Routledge (Planning, Architecture and Landscape Research series)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Landscape Architecture (Taylor & Francis)
  • Reviewer for Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer (Thomas Telford)
  • Reviewer for Landscape Research (Taylor & Francis)
  • Reviewer for Architecture and Culture (Bloomsbury)
  • Reviewer for Urban Planning (Cogitatio Press)
  • Guest Editor for The Journal of Architecture (Taylor and Francis)
  • Guest Editor for Landscape Research (Taylor and Francis)
  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (since 1994)
  • Associate Member (design) of the Landscape Institute (1999-2011)
  • Academic Member of the Landscape Institute (2011-)

Teaching

I have an ongoing involvement in teaching across all departments in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. My teaching often engages with contemporary landscape design theory and practice, as well as broader architecture, urban design and regeneration issues, while students are encouraged to explore innovative methods of documentation, observation, notation and design.

I have taught across several postgraduate modules in the Department of Planning and Transport, including International Spatial Planning Practice, Public Space and the Public Realm, Urban Design Skills, Experiencing the City, and the Integrated Metropolis. I have supervised numerous dissertations and design theses for the MA Urban Design, the MA Urban and Regional Planning and the MA International Planning and Sustainable Development, with topics ranging from the reuse of derelict vacant land and urban void-spaces, to the integration of play in urban space and sustainable neighbourhood design. I am currently Module Leader for Research Methods and the Built Environment.

In the Department of Architecture, I have taught on the undergraduate architecture studio 3 with Constance Lau (2008-10). I have taught Design Practice and Thesis Development on the MA Architecture (2013-14), and have supervised Major Thesis Projects ranging from the re-use of abandoned underground tunnels and decommissioned buildings to utopian squatting habitats. I currently teach on the MA Architecture where I contribute to Thesis Development and supervise dissertations and design theses with Davide Deriu (Research Lab 3). I am currently Module Leader for Picturing London.

In the Department of Property and Construction, I teach on the first year module Introduction to Planning and Sustainability, and contribute to the second year module Urban Regeneration and Development. 

I have experience of supervising four PhD students and welcome PhD applicants with an interest in temporary and adaptive urbanism and the reuse of urban voids and transitional spaces.

In September 2011 I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Westminster (with examiners' commendation).

Research

My research has been recognised by national and international bodies. My PhD (title of thesis: "Transitional Landscapes - An investigation into motion perception and its implications for landscape design") was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now AHRC), the P&E Michelis Foundation, and IKY (Greek State Scholarships Foundation). My latest research on 'interim spaces and creative use' was funded by a £45,000 Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2012-14).

My research has been presented in more than 20 conferences, workshops or seminars and published in several edited books, such as Deterritorialisations... Revisioning Landscapes and Politics (Black Dog, 2003), Architecture and field/work (Routledge, 2011), Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (Routledge, 2013) as well as scholarly journals such as the Journal of Landscape Architecture, Architectural Research Quarterly, The Journal of Architecture and Municipal Engineer. My article on "Vague Parks" (2006) has been reprinted and distributed as part of the exhibition ABC : MTL (13 November 2012 - 31 March 2013) by the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

There are three main strands in my research, which overall focuses on urban landscapes as an interdisciplinary field of study and practice: transitional landscapes on the urban periphery and the relationship between motion perception and design, an interest that stems from my PhD research; film/video as a means of documentation and as a tool for design; and derelict, leftover, terrain vague landscapes as a new type of public space. I am increasingly interested in temporary urbanism and its contribution to urban resilience.

I was co-organiser of a major international conference on Emerging Landscapes, a collaborative project between FABE and MAD, held at the University of Westminster in June 2010. I contributed as a co-editor to the follow-up publications: Critical Perspectives on Landscape, a special issue of the Journal of Architecture published in February 2012, and the edited book Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate 2014). Click here for more information on Emerging Landscapes.

In 2015, I co-organised a conference on Re-Imagining Rurality (Feb 2015). I am now contributing as a lead editor to a special issue of Landscape Research and as a second editor to a special issue of Architecture and Culture and an edited book.

Interim spaces and creative use: Leverhulme project summary (RF-2012-518)

The research project investigated whether vacant spaces can be beneficial for local communities and for urban resilience if officially brought into interim uses. It built upon a historical review of interim spaces (UK and international) to focus on London in the recent downturn (2008). London initiatives were examined through an empirical study of local creative use in 5 representative sites. The research design comprised on-site filming and interviews with users, site surveys, a web blog, and a public workshop open to all participants, while research outputs included academic publications and a short film.

The project made an original contribution to key debates including: how to plan for efficiency and resilience in a world without funding; worries over the standardisation of space; and the need to acknowledge everyday practices and the social and ecological value of places. It added a critical dimension to our understanding of temporary urbanism and urban resilience.

See interimspacescreativeuse.wordpress.com

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.