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) at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zürich, where she works on her project entitled “The Travelling Architect’s Eye: Photography and the Automobile Vision”. Among the courses she is teaching and has taught at ETH Zurich are “Fundamentals of the History and Theory of Architecture I”, “Fundamentals of the History and Theory of Architecture II”, and “The City Represented: The View from the Car”. She is the curator of the exhibition “The View from the Car: Autopia as a New Perceptual Regime”. In 2021, she was the recipient of Bruno Zevi Prize. In 2020, her essay “Simultaneously Space and Event: Bernard Tschumi’s Conception of Architecture” was awarded an honourable mention by Bruno Zevi Foundation.
In September 2018, she was awarded 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. In her PhD dissertation, she examined the mutations of the modes of representation in contemporary architecture in relation to the transformation of the status of the addressee of architecture. Her PhD dissertation was based on archival research in various archives at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, the Library of Congress in Washington DC. and the Museum of Modern Art of New York (Mies van der Rohe papers), Avery Library’s Department of Drawings & Archives at Columbia University in New York, and Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (Aldo Rossi papers) among other institutes. She is a registered Architect Engineer at the Technical Chamber of Greece since October 2010 (no: 127002) and the Founder and Principal of “Think Through Design Architectural and Urban Design Studio”.
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. Her research projects have been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Académie Française, the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Université Paris Nanterre, Leventis Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and ETH Zürich Foundation. She was a Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (invited by Prof. Bernard Tschumi, 2016-2017 & 2017-2018), the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (invited by Prof. Jean-Louis Cohen, 2014-2015 & 2016-2017), the École française de Rome (2016-2017 & 2017-2018), and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) (Doctoral Students Grant Program 2018).
Apart from her PhD Degree, she also holds a MPhil in History and Theory of Architecture and Urban Design (Inter-Departmental Postgraduate Program “Design, Space, Culture”) from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2013) (MPhil Dissertation Project: “From Semiology to Deconstruction: Metaphysics and Subject”), an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London (2011) (MSc Dissertation Project: “Sustainable Housing Design in Mykonos: Vernacular vs. Contemporary”), and a Master in Architectural Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010) (Final Design Project: Design Routes: Crossing the Section). She has also benefited from an Erasmus Scholarship for her studies in the Master’s program of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (2007-2008).
She has taught at various schools in Europe – especially in Zurich, Paris and Greece, such as 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, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-la-Villette and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles. She has presented her research at many international conferences (more than 58) and has published numerous articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes focused on architectural theory and history. Among her publications are: “Frank Gehry’s Self-Twisting Uninterrupted Line: Gesture-Drawings as Indexes”, in Arts 10(1) (2021), “Exhibitions in France as Symbolic Domination: Images of Postmodernism and Cultural Field in the 1980s”, in Arts 10(1) (2021), “Housing Programs for the Poor in Addis Ababa: Urban Commons as a Bridge between Spatial and Social”, in the Journal of Urban History (2021), “László Moholy-Nagy and Alvar Aalto’s Connections: Between Biotechnik and Umwelt”, in Enquiry The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research, Vol. 17, no. 1 (2020), “Simultaneously Space and Event: Bernard Tschumi’s Conception of Architecture”, in ARENA Journal of Architectural Research, 5(1)(2020), “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), “Music as a Reservoir of Thought’s Materialization: Between Metastaseis and Modulor”, in Aberrant Nuptials: Deleuze and Artistic Research 2 (eds. Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici, Leuven University Press, 2019), “Le récit autobiographique d’Aldo Rossi: Introspection ou rétrospection?”, in L’Homme & la Société 2018/3 (n° 208), “Between Urban Renewal and Nuova Dimensione: The 68 Effects vis-à-vis the Real”, in Histories of Postwar Architecture 2 (2018), “Archives of Architecture Museums: The Effects of Digitisation”, in OASE 99 (2017), “Réinventer la posture historique : les débats théoriques à propos de la comparaison et des transferts”, in Espaces et Sociétés 2016/4 (n° 167), “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).
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‘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
The two volumes of Marianna Charitonidou’s PhD Dissertation and her three Master thesis projects:
Some of the volumes and issues to which Marianna Charitonidou has contributed with chapters/articles: