Dr. ir Marianna Charitonidou is a Lecturer and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) ETH Zürich, where she works on her project entitled “The Travelling Architect’s Eye: Photography and the Automobile Vision”. She was awarded in September 2018 a Doctoral Degree all’unanimità from the National Technical University of Athens for her PhD dissertation “The Relationship between Interpretation and Elaboration of Architectural Form: Investigating the Mutations of Architecture’s Scope”, which she is currently editing into a book, examined the mutations of the modes of representation in contemporary architecture in relation to the transformation of the status of the addressee of architecture. She has obtained a Master in Architectural Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010), a Master in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association in London (2011), a MPhil in History and Theory of Architecture (Inter-Departmental Postgraduate Program “Design – Space – Culture”) at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2013). She has taught in various schools in Europe – especially in Paris and Greece. She was adjunct lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Ioannina, the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais. École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-la-Villette and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles. She is also conducting a postdoctoral project entitled “The Fictional Addressee of Architecture as a Device for Exploring Post-colonial Culture: The Transformations of the Helleno-centric Approaches” at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and a postdoctoral project entitled “Constantinos A. Doxiadis and Adriano Olivetti’s Post-war Reconstruction Agendas in Greece and in Italy: Centralising and Decentralising Political Apparatus” at the Department of Art Theory and History of Athens School of Fine Arts. She was awarded a Grant from the Getty Research Insitute, and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University’s GSAPP (invited by Bernard Tschumi, 2016-2017) and the École française de Rome (2017-2018), and a resident at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) (Doctoral Students Grant Program 2018). She has presented her research at many international conferences (more than 40) and has published several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes focused on architectural theory and history.
She has presented her research at many international conferences and has published several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes focused on architectural theory and history. Among her publications: ‘L’AUA entre le Team 10 et le postmodernisme’, in Une architecture de l’engagement: l’AUA 1960-1985 (eds. Jean-Louis Cohen, Vanessa Grossman, La Découverte/Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, 2015), ‘Réinventer la posture historique : les débats théoriques à propos de la comparaison et des transferts’, in Espaces et Sociétés 2016/4 (n° 167), ‘Archives of Architecture Museums: The Effects of Digitisation’, in OASE 99 (2017), ‘Between Urban Renewal and Nuova Dimensione: The 68 Effects vis-à-vis the Real,’ in Histories of Postwar Architecture 2 (2018), ‘Le récit autobiographique d’Aldo Rossi: Introspection ou rétrospection?’, in L’Homme & la Société2018/3 (n° 208), ‘Music as a Reservoir of Thought’s Materialization: Between ‘Metastasis’ and ‘Modulor’,’ in Aberrant Nuptials: Deleuze and Artistic Research 2 (eds. Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici, Leuven University Press, 2019), and ‘The Immediacy of Urban Reality in Postwar Italy: Between Neorealism and Tendenza’s Instrumentalization of Ugliness’ in Architecture and Ugliness: Anti-Aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture (eds. Wouter Van Acker, Thomas Mical, Bloomsbury Press, 2020). She will be the editor of the theme issue “Writing Automobile Histories” (volume 31, no. 1) of Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
‘Think Through Design’ is a think tank, design studio and research platform, founded by Marianna Charitonidou in Athens and Mykonos in 2010, engaging with the emergent processes of architectural and urban design and exploring strategies of visual mapping, with an expertise on sustainable design strategies