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  Ioannou Archonti / Phd candidate


Archonti Ioannou is an Architect (University of Thessaly, 2013), she holds a MSc degree in Architectural Design (UTH, 2015) and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly.
Her research focuses on the application of wood as a structural element, in other words in the study of building construction system with wooden bearing structure in Greek territory.
She has participated at international conferences, architectural competitions, exhibitions, workshops. At the same time, she is working in Florina.

Research interests

The study focuses on building systems that are primarily structural element carrying the wood bearing structure. The aim of the study is to explore the wooden bearing structure and the variability of the individual local structural systems in Greece and M. Asia which were manufactured in the period of Ottoman domination.
Regarding the use of wood in construction of Greece was an important element in all periods of Greek architecture. From the early time constructions were based on materials available in nature, such as stone, gravel and timber. As a consequence the latter appears at primitive construction of the early period, in such walls from piles and wooden grid, a wooden structure in the walls of mud-bricks and rough stones, but also as a backbone into larger buildings.
Important reference for the use of wood as a main structural element is the Minoan architecture, where they have been discovered a seismic multistory buildings with multiple and huge openings and with tall and big halls. Essentially, this type of structure introduces a structural system which refers to the 20th century. Their palaces, their mansions and their houses were built in a safe and elegant. The Minoan architecture is currently characterized unique and original, using wood as a load-bearing structure. This structural system is characterized as a breakthrough for Prehistory and it is considered to be largely influenced the evolution of construction over the years.
The study of the building construction system with wooden bearing structure in Greek territory was chosen in conjunction with the analysis, comparison and documentation architecture is not an issue that receives a simple and unambiguous interpretation, unlike the range of the optical response is wide.
As a part of this investigation there will be a number of approaches in order to specify the diversity of the local systems and the detailed imprinting of connection modes in every individual structural system.
Undoubtedly, the study includes field editing and thorough research in the existing literature which concerns the traditional architecture in the Greek territory. It is also consider important aspect the oral testimonies of artisans and craftsmen in wooden construction, which their interviews can contribute in better understanding of the system.
Apart from enhancing the existing knowledge about the traditional architecture in Greek territory, this research contributes to the growing trend for recording of traditional structures in the Mediterranean. It contributes to the holistic approach to the efficient management of historic structures and to identify the structure of the latter. Those elements are considered necessary for the proper maintenance and the rehabilitation. Their maintenance is a prerequisite for safeguarding the application of a folk construction, which is part of the cultural heritage.


Courses in current academic year

Construction Materials - Construction IΙ