Simos Yannas

The AA School’s PhD programme combines advanced research with a broader educational agenda, preparing graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. Current doctoral research encompasses the topics of the school’s postgraduate programmes in architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, emergent technologies and design, and sustainable environmental design. Within each of these strands candidates can engage in design-led research (PhD in Architectural Design) or follow the traditional route of the text-based dissertation. Across the programme’s streams, shared research issues are explored through specialist groups, seminars and other events in and outside of the school. This year, several of the programme’s PhD candidates contributed to conferences and publications in the UK and abroad. ‘A Day on the Grid’ was a public event organised by Alexandra Vougia, Costandis Kizis and Gabriela García de Cortázar Galleguillos, held in early May. The programme’s current PhD candidates and recent graduates participated, as well as teaching staff and students from across the school. The day tackled the issue of the grid from nine angles, each examined by two papers: ‘prologue’, Aldo Urbinati; ‘urban’, Alexandra Vougia and Ross Adams; ‘maps’, Gabriela García de Cortázar Galleguillos and Emmanouil Stavrakakis; ‘drawing’, Alison Moffett and Nerma Cridge; ‘plan’, Alejandra Celedon and Costandis Kizis; ‘intermission’, Merve Anil and Eleanor Dodman; ‘coordinates’, Ryan Dillon and Arturo Revilla; ‘graph’, Valeria Guzman and Jingming Wu; ‘epilogue’, Doreen Bernath; ‘discussion’, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Mark Campbell and Marina Lathouri. 


Simos Yannas 



Pier Vittorio Aureli

Lawrence Barth

Paula Cadima

Mark Cousins

Jorge Fiori

Hugo Hinsley

George Jeronimidis

Marina Lathouri

Patrik Schumacher

Brett Steele

Thomas Weaver

Michael Weinstock

Simos Yannas


External Supervisors

Doreen Bernath 

Vida Norouz Borazjani

David Cunningham

Socratis Georgiadis

Spyros Papapetros

Edward Soja

Costandis Kizis

Regionalism Falling

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Socratis Georgiadis

The thesis discusses the rise and fall of regionalism in modern architecture. The research examines the contrasting dipole of homogenised internationalism and differentiated regionalism to show that these seemingly opposite theses on the issue of place do not necessarily differ. This will be investigated with specific case studies of architectural projects in Greece, which will be compared to relevant schemes from other countries.

Costandis Kizis is an architect and PhD Candidate. He earned his graduate degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens in 2006 with Honours. He has been working for Kizis Architects since 2006 where he is a partner since 2010. In 2009 he earned the Foundation of State Scholarship grant for Post-Graduate and Doctorate Studies, under the auspices of which he studied in Columbia University in New York City.