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Yiorgos Papamanousakis

Managing Director

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Yiorgos is an architect and urban researcher, passionate about the relationships between the spatial structure of cities and their socioeconomic and cultural life. As the founder and director of Urban Transcripts, he has initiated the company’s work by directing international public event programmes – exhibitions, workshops, conferences – on the critical exploration of cities (Athens, 2010; Rome, 2011, London 2012; Berlin, 2014). Currently he is working towards the development of Urban Transcripts into a network of experts, bringing together research, community participation and design, to create innovative solutions for better cities.

He trained as an architect in Paris and holds an MSc from The Bartlett – UCL, London, where he developed a keen interest in empirical research and the application of quantitative methodologies on understanding cities. His current research concerns how the configuration of urban waterfronts impacts on the socio-economic function of coastal cities in Greece and how it reflects their historical evolution.

For 2014-2015 he was a lecturer in architecture (design studio) in Umea School of Architecture, Sweden. He has been an advisor and a speaker in various initiatives and projects focused on the city and a reviewer in academic journals. He is based in London.


Sofia Xanthopoulou

Head of Operations

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Sofia is practicing architectural and urban design as an independent architect in Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated the school of Architecture of Volos (University of Thessaly) in 2006 and holds a postgraduate degree, MSc Urban Strategies (University of Applied Arts, 2009). Sofia is currently collaborating with other professionals and experts for urban and architectural projects.

Her main interests focus on the bridging of the two scales, architectural and urban through the development of research or design projects as well as the organization of events such as workshops, conferences and exhibitions.

She has been collaborating with Urban Transcripts since 2010. Sofia was an elected member of the Standing Committee on Architecture of the Technical Chamber of north central Greece, for 2010-2013, working on organizing events in the fields of architecture and urban planning and advising municipalities on urban development strategies and competitions. She is the co-founder and CEO at TKSX office of architecture and engineering and an external partner of the Polytechnic school of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


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Marcella Iannuzzi

Head of Resources

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Marcella studied architectural history and restoration of architectural and urban heritage at IUAV in Venice and ENSA Paris-La-Villette. Following her thesis on contemporary architectural and urban developments in Shanghai, she trained as an architect in ENSAPLV, while working in professional practice in Paris. In 2013 she obtained her PhD in Urban Policies and Local Projects at the University Roma Tre in Rome. Her thesis focuses on the development of southern Italian cities.

Her research interests include urban renewal and urban regeneration processes, with particular attention to the social processes of interaction of stakeholders and other actors involved. Her approach to the study of urban practices of everyday life challenges established practices of urban regeneration and development and aims at their reform through a model based on bottom-up processes.

Marcella has been actively involved in the Urban Transcripts project since its initiation as the kollektiva.net collaborative network. She is based in Torino, Italy, where she works as an independent researcher.

 

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Felipe Lanuza

Felipe is a trained architect from the University of Chile (2004) and obtained his Master in Architecture at the Catholic University of Chile (2008). He has worked as a practicing architect, researcher and educator. His academic interests are in the areas of architectural and urban design, history and theory; having presented his research in conferences and exhibitions in South America and more recently in Europe. Through his investigations on the notion of absence in urban leftovers, Felipe explores processes of design and representation as a way of prompting alternative understandings and interventions in the built environment. He develops these ideas at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he pursues a PhD by Architectural Design. As an architect, Felipe’s work has ranged from territorial planning and management projects to the architectural scale. He is co-founder of ‘Devilat + Lanuza Architects’ and has been an active member of Urban Transcripts since 2012, having been appointed as Design Director during 2013. In this context, Felipe has developed his passion for urban design and speculative thinking on cities.


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Fabiano Micocci

Fabiano Micocci is an architect working on the intertwined relationships existing between public spaces and landscape, architecture and geography, with a special focus on the Mediterranean region. He is a founding member of NEAR architecture (www.neararchitecture.com), a network of architects working on small and large scale design as well as theoretical research. He graduated from University Roma Tre in 2002 and he has a Specialization Course in “History of the Design Process” (2003). He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Florence in 2010 with a thesis focused on the study of architecture in the Mediterranean after WWII. He taught at the University of Florence (2007-10) and the Lebanese American University (2013-14), as well as in many International Workshops. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Metropolitan College of Athens. Recently he took part of the “Inclusive urban strategy and action plan for Bab-Al Tabbaneh, and Jabal Mohsen”, a strategic development plan for the city of Tripoli (LEB), and he won the competition for a square in Rome.


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Stefanie Pesel

Stefanie studied Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg and the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg. She completed her postgraduate studies in Urban Strategies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2009. Since then she had the opportunity to gain experience in the field of research, architecture, interior design, product design and urbanism. She worked for several architectural offices, including Studio Vlay, Vienna/Austria, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Los Angeles/USA and LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture), Stuttgart/Germany. Currently she is working as a Design Architect and leader of the competition team at KINZO Berlin/Germany. During her studies she developed a strong interest for understanding different cultures and started to research about identities and their interactive relation to design, architecture and the urban environment. Inspired by her interest in visual as well as performing arts and music her research is focused on how space can be transformed from one’s surrounding to one’s experience.


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Carlo Pisano

Carlo Pisano, architect, PhD in architecture and urban design and research fellow. He has completed with honour in 2011 the “Postgraduate Master in Urbanism” at TU Delft. In 2012 his master thesis, entitled “Colouring the Patchwork Metropolis”, has been rewarded by the Dutch StedembouwNU as one of the best thesis in Urbanism and Landscape in the Netherlands for the years 2010-2011. In 2011 and 2012 he worked for the Studio Associato Bernardo Secchi e Paola Viganò in Brussels on different scales projects such as the masterplan of Nieuw Zuid in Antwerpen, the vision of Brussels 2040 and the project of the Great Moscow. In 2016 he earned the title of “Doctor Europaeus” with the PhD thesis “Patchwork Metropolis. Un modello teorico per il progetto dei territori contemporanei”, tutor prof. G. Peghin (University of Cagliari) and prof. P. Viganò (IUAV Venice – EPFL Lausanne). From 2013 he has been lecturer, professor under contract and visiting critic in many European universities. From 2016 he is PostDoc at the University of Cagliari and consultant of the University of Florence for the Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Florence.


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Carolina Vasilikou

Carolina Vasilikou (Dr.) is an Architect and Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent teaching urban design and sustainable architecture. She holds an MSc in Façade Design & Engineering from the University of Bath and a PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Kent. Carolina also works as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Université Catholique de Louvain. She leads projects on sensory research based on primary fieldwork, including an AHRC Engagement Fund in sensory navigation and an EPSRC-funded project on sensory mapping of heritage cities. Her research work focuses on sensory perception and urban comfort of pedestrians in complex urban environments. Carolina is active in people-centred and evidence-based design and research and has participated in several international conferences and workshops. She has given lectures, among others, at the Architectural Association, ENSA Paris-Malaquais and Glasgow School of Arts and is currently a member of the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment at the University of Kent, Architecture et Climat at Université Catholique de Louvain, the EU COST Action People-Friendly Cities in a Data-Rich World Project and the Academy of Urbanism.


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Athina Vlachou

Athina studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (BArch, March) and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL (MRes) graduating 1st with Distinction. Her studies were funded by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Athina is passionate about the interdisciplinary study of urban systems and experienced in working at different scales and combining various disciplinary approaches. She is particularly interested in the application of science-based methods in grasping socioeconomic urban phenomena and in the potential of technological innovation in generating smart urban processes towards the amelioration of life quality in cities.She has practiced as a designer and project manager in private practices and as a freelancer. Her design work has been awarded and her research work has been presented in international urban planning and design conferences. She is currently based in London working as a Project Consultant with Space Syntax Ltd. She is a member of Urban Transcripts since 2014.

 

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Carlos Alvarez

Carlos is part of the Paris UT team since 2012. Born in La Paz-Bolivia, he studied architecture in the National University in Mexico City, in 2002 he moved to Barcelona to continue his learning process, he collaborated as model maker at the Josep Mias office and followed the Doctor Degree program “La Forma Moderna” at the ETSAB University directed by Helio Piñon. In 2002 he moved to Paris where he is been collaborating as project manager with several architectural firms as Wilmotte & Asc., Tom Sheehan & Partners, Atelier SoA, Architecture Studio an d others he is currently responsible of housing development at Moatti & Rivière studio. As part of the UT Paris team Carlos is in charge of leading workgroups to participate in all kind of architectural or urban competitions, his principal concern is to propose real, practical and adaptable solutions for every studied subject.


Marija Beg

Marija is an architect from Zagreb, Croatia. She received her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Zagreb in 2011. Since then she has been working in architecture offices in Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Besides her regular work, she has participated in international workshops within the field of architecture and urbanism: APSS 2013. / Kotor, Montenegro; EUSS 2014. / Tours, France; elCASC 2015. / Villena, Spain; On the Sea Edge 2016. / Chania, Greece. She is a co-founder of the independent collective Katalizator, a group of architects and engineers that focuses on experimental research and self-initiated architecture and urbanism projects. At the moment she is based in Dubrovnik where she works as an architect. She is currently a member of the executive committee of the Dubrovnik Association of Architects.


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Eleni Boumpari

Eleni graduated from the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly, in Volos Greece, in 2006. She also holds an MA in Social Anthropology; her thesis focused on digital anthropology and in particular on Augmented Reality as a tool for the reconstruction of historical narratives. In 2015 she obtained an MSc in Museum Studies (School of Humanities and Arts, University of Leicester, U.K.). Her thesis considered oral history-based exhibits and the ways they affect visitor movement within museum exhibitions. For many years her research interests were focused on industrial heritage and especially on conversions into museums and cultural spaces. Nowadays her research mostly focuses on low-tech, interactive museum exhibits and exhibition design as a tool for visitor engagement. As a museologist she designed a museum in Drakeia (Pelion, Greece) in 2013, and the inaugurating exhibition for Volos museum of the city (Greece) in 2014. Eleni has been collaborating with Urban Transcripts since 2010. She has been a speaker in various conferences about industrial heritage and a guest lecturer in several departments of the University of Thessaly (Architecture, History-Archaeology-Social Anthropology, Pre-school education).


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Vassilis Charistos

Vasilis Charistos is an architect (Dipl.) and landscape architect (MLA) currently working on his PhD dissertation, on the subject of green infrastructure, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated with distinctions as well as been member of organizing committees in architectural competitions and exhibitions, all sharing urban public space and landscape as a common reference point. The latest years, the ongoing dialogue between landscape and urbanism has captured his interest. His work, either applied or in the form of conference publications, revolves around the idea of landscape performance, while his PhD research focuses on how ecological processes can work as a basis – an infrastructure – for strategic intervening in the urban and peri-urban landscape. Alongside researching, he is regularly involved into tutoring in academic courses or workshops intrigued by the way that the notion of landscape could inform thinking about architecture, planning and the contemporary city.


Marisa Daouti

Marisa is an undergraduate student of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, currently working on her diploma project, concerning matters of publicity and privacy fused in the urban landscape of Athens. During her studies she has participated in national and international workshops, competitions and exhibitions. She has lived and worked in Ankara and Berlin, gaining knowledge and experience that have formed her focus particularly around topics of public space and contemporary urban living. Her interests include the research of social urban processes in the greek metropolis, anthropological aspects that fundamentally shape the way we live and understand social space, the research of theory and culture in architecture and the possibility of interdisciplinary approaches in architectural practice.


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Kiki Deliousi

Kiki is an architect and environmental designer running her practice in Thessaloniki, Greece, working on a wide range of public and private projects of varying scale since 2007. She has also been developing and modeling environmental strategies, mostly advising municipalities on public buildings’ retrofitting and open spaces’ microclimate upgrade projects, in the context of EU funding programs. Moreover, she has been giving lectures on sustainable design at international conferences and educational institutions as well as tutoring at international workshops. Kiki studied architecture at the University of Thessaloniki and holds an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from the Bartlett U.C.L (2010). In 2007 she co-founded the “Anelixi” nonprofit organization for the research and promotion of sustainable architecture, leading the bioclimatic architecture research and design team up to 2012 and co-authoring a bioclimatic design principles manual, published online. Her research, influenced by the concepts of ecocity and ecopolis, has since shifted towards a cross-disciplinary study of the human factor and the social dimension of sustainable design, focusing on the performance gap between design and implementation and their interrelation with community processes.


Stefi Filippopoulou

Stefi was born in New Jersey, USA in 1984. She graduated from the Technical University of Crete with a Professional Diploma in Architecture and Engineering in 2012. Her dissertation titled Re-structuring the void in the west moat of Chania using a network of interactive paths took place in the Archiprix International 2013 in Moscow and also participated at the 7th European Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona. In 2010 she received a Complimentary Prize from the International Bench & Chair Design Competition 2010 organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. During her studies she participated in various student exhibitions and worked as a part-time designer (2008-2010) in an architectural firm on small-scale projects. She participated in the First Athens Architectural Workshop in the group of Manuel Aires Mateus and Jorge Silva. After her graduation she collaborated with A&G Varoudakis architects based in Chania focusing on residential and renovation projects. In 2014 she relocated to Santorini island collaborating with various architects focusing on the ways of adapting cycladic architecture to its surroundings and exploring the understanding of spatial composition and design.


Mohamed Hagras

Mohamed is an architect, urban researcher and teaching assistant of Architecture in the American University in Cairo (AUC). He graduated in 2010 and holds a MSc from Cairo University with a thesis focused on the Social Impact Assessment SIA: Towards Achieving Socially Sustainable Urban Development. He is passionate about teaching and developing the design process with the students. He taught Architectural and urban design studios at MET and MTI Universities in Cairo, Then worked as a teaching assistant of ‘Urban Design’ and ‘City and Regional Planning’ -UK RIBA Validated Courses- in the Arab Academy of Science and Technology, Cairo (AAST). As an architect, He had been working with local and international organizations like UNESCO, UNDP and UNHCR in projects of designing new Urban communities, Informal Urban Development with public participation in Cairo, and Developing heritage and cultural sites in Giza and Luxor. He is also a co-founder of HDS|Architecture and Urbanism. Mohamed has been collaborating with Urban Transcripts since 2014. Also he has been a guest lecturer at many universities and participated in many international workshops in the fields of Architecture, Landscape design, Urban Development and Social Urbanism in Egypt, Greece, Germany and Italy.


Sabine Hogenhout

Sabine has years of international post qualification experience and worked at several award-winning practices in the UK, The Netherlands and China. Gaining experience in residential, healthcare, educational, cultural and commercial sectors as well as the design of public space and urban planning. Currently she is working as project architect at Mæ architects in London. Sabine studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Technology in Eindhoven where she received an MSc in Architectural Design in 2006. She has a keen interest in all aspects of sustainable design, reinforced by her MSc degree in Environmental Design and Engineering, which she obtained at The Bartlett (University College London) in 2010. She has a special interest in environmental urban design and the impact of specific urban microclimates on the architecture and life in the cities. Besides her work as an architect Sabine has been involved in teaching in both The Netherlands and the UK.


Michalis Kantarzis

Michalis Kantarzis graduated from the architectural school of Chania in 2013 and since then he is a research associate at the Transformable intelligent environments lab at the technical university of Crete (TUC_ TIE LAB). His area of expertise is transformable architecture and fabrication and his research interests are related to the general study of the concept of interface as well as its various applications in both physical and digital space. He is currently working on two interface-related projects: The first one is the Hybrid Environmental Projection Platform (HEPP), a multipurpose cave – like immersive tool that blends together physical and digital layers in order to achieve a hybrid space in which a person will be able to interact. The second project is about the use of augmented reality technologies in the urban grid of the historical city center of Kos island in order to achieve the enhancement of personal experience in the domain of historical tourism. The main goal of those projects as well as his research interests is the utilization of the possibilities of the digital layer concerning the dissemination of information as well as representation, in order a hybrid reality to be produced.


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Natasa Lekkou

Natasa is an undergraduate architecture student in National Technical University of Athens. In 2014 she studied for six months in CEU of Valencia, which was the first experience of many to come, since her post-graduate plans include working and studying abroad. The last years she has attended several architectural workshops, including “Volos in the Extremes” in 2013, her first contact with Urban Transcripts. Since then Natasa started developing an incremental interest in urban planning, particularly regarding the function of social systems in the urban fabric. Specifically, in her theoretical thesis she was concerned with the impacts of interactions of social structures and architecture in the contemporary era of information. Among her future aspirations, further experimentations beyond architecture are included, such as graphic, product and furniture design. Currently, she is investigating the application of mainly in-house activities to public space, working on finding necessary and yet qualified spaces of privacy in the cityscape of Athens.


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Andriana Limpa

Andriana is a freelance architect in Thessaloniki. She studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and holds a postgraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has participated in national and european architectural competitions (1st prize, Honorable Mention, distinction). Her projects were exhibited at the 6th European Biennale of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona (2010) and at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Architecture 100 Projects for the city, Thessaloniki, 2012). Her work is published in national and international conferences (Public Space, National conference, Thessaloniki 20-22/10/2011, Protection and restoration of the environment XI, International conference, Thessaloniki 03-03/07/2012). From 2007 till 2011 she collaborated with academics and other professionals in many research programmes at School of Architecture, Faculty of Technology A.U.Th., focusing on urban and natural landscape design, small and large scale design and research, morphology/typology. Over the past tree years she is conducting research with a large group of professionals establishing morphological building rules and regulations for small settlements in four different Greek districts, supported by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change.


Eleni Lionaki

Eleni Lionaki graduated from the School of Architectural Engineering at the Technical University of Crete. Her research interests focus on new ways of dealing with architectural problems through user-oriented systemic approaches, coming from the thorough investigation of the life and work of Yona Friedman. Source of inspiration is generally the fascinating era of the psychedelic 60s, with all its utopian projects, giving food for thought about the possibilities of them being feasible today with the given and emerging technologies. Moreover, she has a soft spot for data visualisation through diagrams, design strategies for dynamic systems, relationships and connections, the understanding of the position of the user as an unpredictable factor of the design process, that led to her appreciation of mobility and transformable environments. Her design thesis, titled ARCH_TUC/2024: diffused and flexible architecture in the city, addressed the paradigmatic shift in architectural education today and proposed the strategic planning and development of an architectural education network, that meets today’s challenges, acting as an open platform – infrastructure of exchanging ideas. Personal identifiable characteristics: crazy about cats (active member of animal care), owns hysterical laughter.


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Vangelis was born in Chios Island. He graduated from the Department of Architecture of Technical University of Crete (TUC) in 2013. He was awarded with Scholarship of Excellence the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and with the Excellence Scholarship of the Limmat Stiftung Foundation (Zurich) in 2013. His thesis “Towards the Lighthouse, a journey between the city and the sea” was selected among others for representation of the School of Architecture of TUC to the 8th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture 2014 in Barcelona and ranked in the 13 Finalists Architecture Schools around the world. He was awarded with the First Prize in the annually International Thesis Competition of Greek Architects in 2013. He holds an MSc in Architectural Restoration in Izmir Institute of Technology (IYTE) in 2016 where he studied in detail the architectural heritage of 19th century of Greek settlements of Minor Asia. He has participated in several international conferences, exhibitions, seminars and workshops (Chania, Heraklion, Rethimnon, Chios, Pirgos, Volos, Patras, Thessaloniki, Athens, Izmir, Urla, Istanbul, Madrid, Barcelona, Milano, Brussels London) and has taken part in various national and international architectural competitions, receiving several prizes. He is a co-founder of Archipelagos Architecture & Design office since 2014. His interests are focused on the relationship between architecture and Aegean landscape on public and residential spaces, concerning the Mediterranean identity and heritage.


Nina Margies

Nina is an urban sociologist and currently doing her PhD at Humboldt University of Berlin on urban youth and mobility. She has studied in Germany, France and UK where she graduated in Urban Studies at the University College London and Bartlett School of Planning. Her research interests include migration and mobility studies as well as urban planning with particular attention to urban mega-projects. She is also passionate about the politics of fear and its impact on the city. Nina has international experience in the creative and cultural industries both in the public and private sector where she has been working in projects on film, photography and art in Germany, Spain and France. Since 2014, Nina has been actively involved in Urban Transcripts co-organising the international urbanism workshop Berlin Unlimited and most recently co-developing an online publishing platform –related to urban design, geography, and the city.


Petra Marko

Petra is an architect, communicator and enabler of creative projects within the urban realm. She co-founded the London-based design and research practice Marko&Placemakers with Igor Marko in 2013, following their long-term collaboration on successful urban regeneration projects in the UK and Europe. Their work addresses the overlaps between place, process and people, reaching beyond the physical aspects of design. Petra has a diploma in architecture from Vienna University of Technology and a masters’ in Creative Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths, University of London. Petra believes that sustainable design practice is about combining creativity with hands-on facilitation, mediation and communication. Her work experience includes masterplanning and building projects at McAslan&Partners and project management of innovative housing developments for Solidspace. Combining social engagement, entrepreneurship and education, Petra has contributed to numerous initiatives such as the RIBA Guerrilla Tactics, Ecoweek London and reSITE Prague. She is the author of Together Alone. Architecture and Collaboration – a book of dialogues on the future role of architects. As a member of the RIBA Small Practice Group, Petra is promoting research and innovation within the changing landscape of architecture profession.


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Maria Michou

Maria was born in 1980 in Athens. She studied Architecture and Cultural Studies in the UK and Greece. Since 2004, she has worked both as a designer in the private sector, and as an educator for foreign students who experientially learn Athens as a cultural landscape. Her research interests focus on oral and poetic speech and how it constitutes and expresses individual understandings of place as identity, via the engagement and appropriation of a given symbolic order by [minor] identities, especially evident in [marginal] environments (‘town and gown’ division in Oxford, women migrations from village to city in Greece, Asia Minor refugees settling in the Athenian periphery, ‘homeland’ as the narrative construction around the loss of a physical place, real or fictional, etc). She recently completed an MA in ‘Design-Space-Culture’ at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture, where today she is a PhD Candidate.


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Giota Mouratidou

Giota graduated the School of Architecture (A.U.Th.) in 2007, holds a Master diploma in Landscape Architecture (A.U.Th., 2011) and is currently a PhD Candidate in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, developing research about Εxpo Grounds Design and its contribution to the environmental sustainability. She is awarded in many national and international architectural and design competitions and has published the book “The water in urban landscape’s architecture”, ZHTH, Thessaloniki (2008). She worked as laboratory associate in the Faculty of Fine arts and Design, Interior architecture, Decoration and Design of Serres (2012-2013) and as teaching assistant in the undergraduate laboratory ‘Landscape Design of Urban Open Spaces’ of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2013-2015). She collaborated for the realization and participated in art and architectural exhibitions, as well as for the organization of various architectural events. She is a member of TCG/SCM’s Commitee of Architecture since 2011 and funding member of the non-profit organisation Open House Greece (2012). She is currently working as independent architect in Thessaloniki, practicing architectural and landscape architectural design and developing research in the field of landscape architecture and sustainable design.


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Laura Narvaez

Laura is a London-based architect, writer and educator with working experience in UK and Mexico. She holds a PhD from Space Syntax Laboratory, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and is an Editor of The Bartlett’s magazine LOBBY. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture and an MArch in Urban Design and Sustainable Development from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, and an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies from UCL. Her doctoral work investigated the location of economic patterns in urban form through an empirical case study of Cardiff. She has presented her work internationally and has taught studios and seminars at the Bartlett, the London College of Communication and Tecnologico de Monterrey. Her main interest concerns bridging between academic research and professional practice. Additionally, her interests lie in editorial works and publication media. Over the years, her experience as an academic and practicing architect has given her expertise in urban design consultancy using advanced spatial analysis translated into design and planning solutions combined with quantitative/qualitative methods. Laura is currently working as an urban designer in the London-based office of Foster and Partners.


Zacharias Ouranos

Zacharias Ouranos (Kiev, Ukraine 1983) holds a Diploma in Architecture from the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly and is currently a postgraduate student at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Crete, in the programme of ”Space, design and the built environment”. During his undergraduate studies he attended courses in architecture and urban planning at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Valladolid, Spain. As an independent researcher he has worked for several architecture offices in Spain and Greece. He has participated in international architectural competitions and workshops, whereas part of his work has been presented in various exhibitions regarding architecture such as the Barcelona Landscape Biennale. His work concerning urban issues has been presented at the international ”Changing Cities” and ”Hybrid City” conferences. His research interests focus on urban geography and urban planning as well as landscape interventions in transition areas.


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Edoardo Parenti

Edoardo has studied Cultural Communication and Art Markets in Milan and worked in the cultural industry in Madrid. He has received an Msc in Creative Cities at King’s College, where he conducted a research on the Traveller and Gypsy communities residing in London. His final dissertation on Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna focused on the impact that the arts and architecture have on the urban fabric and its population, He joined Urban Transcripts as a communication and digital marketing intern in 2014. Throughout this period he has contributed to implement Urban Transcripts’ media coverage and draw increasing attention on the company by connecting people from different backgrounds and countries. Among his interests figure urban photography, the role played by design and architecture on people, and the preservation of authenticity in contemporary urban spaces.


Isabella Rossen

Isabella is an urban sociologist with a special interest in the interrelationships between built form and its social and political context. She completed a MA in Contemporary Social Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis at LSE investigated the various configurations of cosmopolitanism that present themselves in Brick Lane, London. Subsequently she did the Research Master Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, with as thesis project a comparison between the socio-ecological impact of the establishment of new metro connections in Hong Kong and Amsterdam. She has written multiple articles on the interaction between architecture, urban development and wider societal issues – for example discussing the future of the workspace and the role architectural icons can play in cities’ creative status – for online magazines Urban Times, Failed Architecture and The Proto City. Currently she works in Communications and Research at Rem Koolhaas’ architecture practice O.M.A in Rotterdam and is editor of urban blog The Proto City.


Lara Salinas

Lara is a practitioner and researcher with an interdisciplinary background in digital culture. Currently, she is Early Career Researcher at the Public Collaboration Lab, based at Central Saint Martins (UAL), where she investigates collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and local authorities in design for services. She is also working towards completion of her practice-led PhD thesis The production of digital public place(s) at The Creative Exchange, at Lancaster University, where she has had the opportunity to work in partnership with pioneering companies, local authorities and the best academic thinkers, in the creation of new products, experiences and business opportunities. Her most recent research has focused on the production of hybrid physical-digital urban environments through creative and artistic interventions. She enjoys practice-based research, working in multidisciplinary and collaborative projects, facilitating knowledge exchange between academia and creative industries, and contributing to generate
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Maria Saridaki

Maria is a freelance architect working in Paris. She has more than 10 years of post-qualification experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams at several practices in France and Greece and participating in national and European architectural competitions. She gained experience in different fields and scales including residential, educational, cultural and commercial sectors. Her main interest though is focusing on urban public space and landscape design, as she has participated in several projects including public squares, natural and urban parks, street design and urban furniture. She graduated from the Department of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2004) and is holding a Master’s degree in Architectural and Urban Project from the University Paris VIII, France (2005).


Pablo Sendra

Pablo Sendra is Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He is also founder partner of the urban design and placemaking practice: Lugadero. He graduated as an Architect at the Universidad de Sevilla (2007), MArch Urban Design at University College London (2009), MSc in Sustainable City and Architecture at the Universidad de Sevilla (2011) and PhD in Architecture at the Universidad de Sevilla (2014). He has been Research and Teaching Fellow at the Universidad de Sevilla (2010-2015) and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (2011). He combines his academic career with professional practice in urban design and placemaking. In 2014, he won with Lugadero the urban design competition Future Wimbledon for rethinking Wimbledon Town Centre, where he proposes a participatory process where neighbours decide about the future of their town centre. Before starting his academic career, he worked as architect, urban designer and strategic planner in Spain and China. In 2007-2008, he worked on public space and mobility projects at the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona. From 2007 to 2015, he was the authorised organiser of the PechaKucha events in Seville, Spain. In 2015, he co-funded CivicWise, an international community of people working on collaborative urbanism. Pablo Sendra’s main areas of research interest are the public space in social housing neighbourhoods and collaborative processes for planning and designing public spaces. He studies the impact that regeneration processes have on people’s relationships and looks at design strategies that encourage unplanned activities and sociability in the public realm.


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Natalia Stepanova

Natalia is an architectural designer and urbanist, based in Berlin. She holds a professional degree in architecture from the Technical University of Yaroslavl, Russia and a postgraduate degree, Msc in European Urban Studies from Bauhaus University, Weimar (Germany). Her final qualification thesis explored the informal bicycle practices and role of pop-up initiatives in transformations of public space in the city through an empirical case study in Yaroslavl, (Russia). Natalia gained experiences in urban research, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and curatorial practice during her work in several architectural offices in Germany and Russia and collaboration for variety of international projects – exhibitions, workshops, conferences and summer schools on architecture and urban issues. Currently she is working as an architect in Berlin. Natalia is inspired with complexity of planetary processes of (capitalist) urbanization and is keenly interested in understanding territorial transformations, exploring the urban and the non-urban as categories of socio-spatial and geographical definitions. Natalia has been actively involved in collaboration with Urban Transcripts since 2013: several competitions and workshops. As a part of UT team she has been co-organizing Berlin Unlimited urban festival in Berlin in 2014.


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Benedikt Stoll

Benedikt is trained in architecture and urban planning at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and University of Arts Berlin. He also gained experiences in design and photography during his visiting studies at University of Arts Karlsruhe. His diploma project {THE EUROPEAN DREAM} dealed with the relation of political, economic and sociological transformation and its effects on urbanism and architecture within the idea of the United States of Europe. Benedikt is profoundly interested in architecture research as a broad field of involvement with societal processes and in urbanism as a design tool for social spaces. His work reflects on how new forms of communication and technology have changed the role and tasks of architects and planners and therefore how practice needs to adapt to modern society’s shifting identities. In 2012 he co-founded an international collective working on the forgotten and unused resources in cities, called Guerilla Architects, in London/Berlin. One year later, he initiated and co-founded the non-profit association die Anstoß e.V. in Karlsruhe, which is an interdisciplinary network of creative people who strive to improve the discourse in-between creative folks and the city through comprehensive cultural projects and interventions.


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Maria Tzika

London based documentary maker and social anthropologist, Maria has spent the last 10 years traveling, researching, filming and collaborating with different professionals and artists in theater, cinema and the academia. Projects she worked on where funded by organisations like SOAS, The Leverhulme Trust, HBO, ARTE and The Arts Council. Maria’s love for the city took shape in short film Animal City, an ode to Mumbai, which she co-directed with writer and theater- maker Siddhartha Bose. She is always on the look out for now collaborations and projects, and is currently developing a few documentary projects in London and India.


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Neelke Wagner

Neelke works as a democracy promoter in theory and practice. She has studied political science and philosophy in Berlin and Venice. Her research is dedicated to political communication and organisation, anti-racism and feminism, conflict management and public participation. Her work aims at a better understanding of what we need to live freely and peacefully together. At the moment, this is for example on democratic participation of non-citizens and the challenges for cities in an immigration society. As a journalist, she has published numerous articles on democracy politics and renewable energies. Renewables and climate change have as well been her focus as a workshop trainer.


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Angeliki Zervou

Angeliki studied architecture at the University of Patras, architecture and urban culture at the University of Catalonia and the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, and cultural management at Panteion University of Athens. During her studies and research, she developed a keen interest on urban representations based on the image, focusing on the impact of television series and video clips on the perception of the city. She writes on architecture and the city in a number of publications, and participates in national and international conferences on architecture, urban environment and urban culture. She has been involved in Urban Transcripts since 2010, notably in communications and media management, and worked in the organisation of exhibitions, conferences, and workshops focused on the exploration of contemporary urban issues. Angeliki is a columnist at elculture.gr and popaganda.gr on city and architecture issues. She is a co-founder of Medianeras, an arts management agency based in Athens, Greece.