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I joined LSBU School of architecture in 2019 and appointed MArch History and Theory module leader (SL 0.5). I previously taught at the Leeds School of Architecture and London MET and I was invited speaker at institutions such as, Architectural Association, Bartlett, Sheffield School of Architecture, ESALA Edinburgh, EPFL Lausanne, CCEA Prague, Onassis Foundation, the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the European Humanities University in Vilnius, the ENSA-Versailles Summer School at Isfahan Iran.

I approach my History and Theory teaching at LSBU as a research topic which discusses architecture within political and feminist theory.

From 2006-2016, I was the Director and founding member of the independent School of Architecture for All (SARCHA). This ten-year educational experiment attracted EU funding and was designed as a follow-up to my post-doc research as a Fulbright scholar at Princeton. Its focus was open educational structures that involve the wider community in the design and implementation of city projects. These included CCR Athens Gerani, a city resources reset pilot project commissioned by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, shortlisted at The Resourceful Architect international competition in London (Royal Society of Arts, May 2011). Polypolis, a role-playing social game on the ‘in common’ administration of the human, natural and physical city resources, presented in Oslo (2016), Rome (2011) and at the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase at the London 2012 Festival. Demos by SARCHA open competition and discussion at the London 2013 Festival of Architecture upon invitation by the British Council.

Being a registered architect (RIBA/ARB), I am familiar with architecture practices and consider them as areas of research. In specific, my professional experience as international competition organiser and juror was coupled with organising the 6th International Conference on Competitions (Leeds 2016), authoring The Competition Grid book (RIBA publishing 2018) and participating at the 2018 AJ panel on competitions.

I was recently invited to create my professional profile and discuss gender experiences in architecture practice for the forthcoming (2021) Digital Archive of Greek Women Architects, a project by the Greek Architects Association funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

My LSBU March History & Theory lectures are transcribed into my forthcoming book Modalities of Thinking: An Ecology of Architecture Stories and Practices (Ubiquity Press 2023).

Courses taught

Architecture - MArch

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Mr Onur OzkayaDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Epigeum Supervisory TrainingPhD
Simon WarrenPhD
Ph.D. History and Theory of Architecture

Architectural Association Graduate School, London, UK

Post-graduate Diploma in Restoration of Monuments

Scuola di Specializzazione, La Sapienza, University of Rome

Graduate Diploma in Architecture Engineering

School of Architecture, University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Research appointment- Fulbright scholar, Visiting Fellow

School of Architecture, Princeton University, USA

Architecture History and Theory Coordinator (SL 0.8)
The Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University

March & BA Architecture History and Theory Coordinator, PhD supervisor, MA Course Leader (interim), March & BA Design tutor

Director and founding member
School of Architecture for All (SARCHA)-Non profit

in charge of research programme School of Architecture for All (SARCHA)

Third sector/charities
Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)
Greek Architects Association (SADAS-PEA)
European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP)
Architectural Association (AA) London UK
Drawing on Journal Reviewer-ESALA University of Edinburgh
Sheffield School of Architecture
External examiner

Sheffield School of Architecture

October 2015
December 2020
Evidence to public body

Mar 2021

Member of Fulbright Committee

Greek Fulbright 2021-22 Visiting Research Students Awards Selection Committee member,

Athens, Greece

Reach and Impact

Digital Archive of Greek Women Architects (Oct 2021)

Architecture Journal (AJ), UK (May 2018)

The Materials’ Catch Dream-Thinking for Architects
Theodorou, M. (2018). The Materials’ Catch Dream-Thinking for Architects. Surfaces and Materials. 48, pp. 27-31.

Sustainable Architecture Assemblages
Theodorou, M. and Turnbull, D. (2015). Sustainable Architecture Assemblages. in: Building Sustainable Futures Springer.

Beyond the success and failure of the Athens D.O.E.S. 2002 cultural olympiad competition
Theodorou, M. (2014). Beyond the success and failure of the Athens D.O.E.S. 2002 cultural olympiad competition.

Performance and style; Reservoir thinking
Hagan, S., Peckham, A. and Theodorou, M. (2014). Performance and style; Reservoir thinking. Architectural Research Quarterly. 18 (3), pp. 197-203.

Architecture and Economy: the Ethics of Empowerment
Theodorou, M. (2011). Architecture and Economy: the Ethics of Empowerment. in: Steriou, L. (ed.) AAO: Ethics/Aesthetics Athens Papasotiriou.

The experience of space in relation to architecture in the Homeric epics
Theodorou, M. (1998). The experience of space in relation to architecture in the Homeric epics. PhD Thesis