Dr. Marianna Charitonidou is an architectural engineer and urban designer, a historian and theorist of architecture and a sustainable design specialist. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, where she works on her project entitled “The Fictional Addressee of Architecture as a Device for Exploring Post-colonial Culture: The Transformations of the Helleno-centric Approaches”. She was awarded a Doctoral Degree all’unanimità from the National Technical University of Athens in September 2018 for her PhD dissertation ‘The Relationship between Interpretation and Elaboration of Architectural Form: Investigating the Mutations of Architecture’s Scope’ (Advisors: George Parmenidis (Professor NTUA), Jean-Louis Cohen (Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture Institute of Fine Arts of New York University) and Panayotis Tournikiotis (Professor NTUA). Examiners and readers: Pippo Ciorra (Professor School of Architecture of Ascoli Piceno, University of Camerino ), Constantinos Moraitis, (Professor NTUA ), Bernard Tschumi (Professor GSAPP Columbia University of New York) and Kostas Tsiambaos (Assistant Professor NTUA)). In her PhD dissertation, she investigated the transformation of the epistemological object of architecture through the analysis of the mutations of the modes of representation employed by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, the Team 10, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, Aldo Rossi, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Bernard Tschumi and Rem Koolhaas in relation to their conception of the addressee of architecture.
She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s GSAPP (invited by Bernard Tschumi, 2016-2017) and the École française de Rome (2017-2018) and resident at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) (Doctoral Students Grant Program 2018) for her project ‘The modes of representation of Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, Aldo Rossi and Bernard Tschumi: the ‘observer’ vis-à-vis the strategies of de-codification’. Her researches have been supported by the Académie française, the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY) and the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens, an MSc degree in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association, a post-Master’s degree in History and Theory of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and Master’s degrees from the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris. 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 papers: ‘Towards a Narrative of Connected Geographies: Transnational History of Architecture’ (4th EAHN meeting), ‘Neorealism between Cinema and Architecture: Looking for New Signs’ (9th International Deleuze Studies Conference), ‘A Microhistorical Genealogy of Aldo Rossi’s Transatlantic Connections’ (‘Theory’s History, 196X-199X’, KU Leuven), ‘Music as Reservoir of Thought’s Materialization: Between ‘Metastasis’ and ‘Modulor’’ (2nd International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research), ‘Aldo Rossi’s transatlantic cross-fertilisation: American ‘urban facts’ and reinvention of design methods’ (‘Aldo Rossi: Perspectives from the World’, Politecnico di Milano), ‘Paperless studios and the articulation between the analogue and the digital: geometry as transformation of architecture’s ontology’ (International Symposium ‘Scaffolds: Open Encounters With Society, Art And Architecture’) and ‘Aldo van Eyck’s critique against Postmodernism’ (5th annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, HNI, TU Delft). 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, ‘Between Urban Renewal and Nuova Dimensione: The 68 Effects vis-à-vis the Real,’ in Histories of Postwar Architecture 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 (Bloomsbury Press)
‘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