Architectural History & Theory (AHTG)

Anna Papadopoulou

As adjunct faculty at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Anna teaches courses on history and theory of sustainable architecture and instructs advanced architectural design studios with particular focus on regional design, sustainable urbanism and masterplanning. She also lectures extensively on research and writing for design students, a subject on which she has co-authored a book. She holds a bachelor degree from Tufts University (USA) for a double major in Geological Sciences and Classics, followed by post-baccalaureate studies in Urbanism. In 2000 she completed a master's in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (USA).

PhD Abstract:
Gendered Spaces: Motives, Intentions and Alternatives

The research aims to investigate the intrinsic nature of gendered spaces and to evaluate inherent benefits, potential limitations and possible alternatives. With a focus on distinctions between space created for women and space created by women, the research will attempt to qualify a range of issues, ranging from fundamental ones such as whether gendered space is created or interpreted, to ethical issues of architectural practice such as the potential of a paradigm shift so that design democracy will render gendered space, as it is currently described, obsolete.

The research delves into the existence - or perhaps the projection - of space beyond that enforced by the binary system of male Vs female. The possibility of such a "third" space is discussed by Mary McLeod ("other" space), Michel Foucault ("heterotopia") and others. In the quest towards defining and prescribing "third" space, two themes emerge: firstly, the matter of public participation in the generation of architectural spaces and secondly, the possibility of applying the principles of ecological processes towards the production of "third" space.

Books and Publications

  • Papadopoulou, A., Lapithis, P., A Practical Guide to Better Research and Writing for Students of Design, 2011, University of Nicosia Press, Nicosia, ISBN: 978-9963-634-93-4
  • Papadopoulou, A., Lapithis, P.,"Exploring Dimensions of Sustainable Design within the Architectural Curriculum," accepted in International Conference: 18th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, International Sustainable Development Research Society, Hull, UK, 24-26 June 2012
  • Papadopoulou, A., Lapithis, P., "Teaching a New Environmental Culture," accepted in International Conference: Solar World Congress 2011, International Solar Energy Society, Kassel, Germany, 28 August - 2 September, 2011
  • Lapithis, P., Papadopoulou, A., "Passive Solar Construction Methods: Lessons Learnt from the Experimental Solar House," accepted in International Conference: Solar World Congress 2011, International Solar Energy Society, Kassel, Germany, 28 August - 2 September, 2011
  • Lapithis, P., Papadopoulou, A., "Exploring Dimensions of Slow Life filtering through Sustainable Architecture," accepted in International Conference: Teaching a new Environmental Culture-The Environment as a Question of Architectural Education, European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture, European Association for Architectural Education, Nicosia, Cyprus, 27-29 May 2010

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