Dr Maria Theodorou
Maria is the coordinator of postgraduate architectural history and theory and is studio tutor for the BA (Hons) Architecture.
Role within the School
Master of Architecture (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Postgraduate Diploma (La Sapienza, Rome), Doctor of Philosophy in History and Theory of Architecture (Architectural Association, London).
Maria is a founding member of the independent school of architecture for all (SARCHA). As director of the SARCHA research programme Maria led a regeneration pilot project in Athens, commissioned by the Greek government and shortlisted for an international award by The Resourceful Architecture. Maria has curated, directed and coordinated numerous other European projects, exhibitions and competitions. Between 1982 and 2002, her own professional practice was involved in the design and construction of 18 building projects.
Maria is currently drafting a research proposal on behalf of SARCHA for Horizon 2020. She is also preparing a new SARCHA to be launched in Brazil in 2016, as well as organising the sixth International Conference on Design Competitions (ICC, 2016), taking place at Leeds Beckett University in 2016.
Maria’s current interests and work focuses on the impact of politics on architecture and the city, along with the potential of independent structures to conduct research with effects that go beyond the confines of academia. Her research at Princeton University led to the creation of SARCHA in 2006. The relationship between politics and architecture has influenced and been at the core of its research programmes, as well as inspiring Maria’s teaching and research at our school.
Maria’s publications include Theodorou, M. (2014) Reservoir Thinking or the Problem of Xontradictions, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 18.3. In preparation: Theodorou, M. (2015) The Anatomy of Gerani Area Resources and Theodorou, M. (2015) The Ephemeral architecture competition. Both in Maloutas, T. ed. The Social Geography Atlas of Athens. Athens: National Centre for Social Research EKKE publications.
Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the School of Architecture from Princeton University in 2005.
Maria is referee for peer-reviewed academic journals Drawing On and EAHN’s Architecture Histories and member of the editorial board of The Spaces of Democracy journal. She has also been invited to lecture and take part in seminars and workshops across Europe.