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  Phokaides Petros / Assistant Professor


Petros Phokaides (Ph.D., NTUA) is an architect, and assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly where he teaches theories of architecture and design. His research focuses on architecture, infrastructures and broader landscape transformations to understand postcolonial visions, geopolitics, and socio-environmental change with a special focus on the Global South. He is the co-editor (with A. Chronaki) of the book Theses of Memory (Nissos, 2016) and (with P. Pyla and S. Bozdogan) the volume Coastal Architectures and the Politics of Tourism: Leisurescapes in the Global Sunbelt (Routledge, 2023). He is a founding member of Docomomo Cyprus and currently serves on the editorial team of the open-source, peer-reveiwed journal Architectural Histories


Research interests

History and Theory of Architecture

Postcolonial/Transnational Histories of Architecture, Planning and Development

Architecture, Geopolitics and Socioenvironmental Conflicts 

Space and the Politics of Memory and the Archive



Courses in current academic year

Architectural Design ΙV-VI ΙΒ: Programmes, Materials, Reuse: Architectures of Care
Special Topics in Theory of Architecture II: Decolonising Architecture
History of Architecture III
Contemporary Theories and Criticism in Architecture

Other Teaching

2020 - 2021, Visiting instructor, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly

Theories and Criticism in Contemporary Architecture (4th year, Obligatory) & Special Topics in Theory of Architecture I & II (3rd &4th year, Elective courses).          

2018, Visiting Instructor, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus

Social Dimensions of Architecture (Obligatory, 2nd year)     

Book editing [2]

Bozdoğan, Sibel, Pyla, Panayiota, and Petros Phokaides (2023) Coastal Architectures and Politics of Tourism: Leisurescapes in the Global Sunbelt, London; New York: Routledge.

Phokaides P., & Chronaki Α. (eds.) (2016) Θέσεις της Μνήμης [Theses of Memory] Athens: Nissos [In Greek]

Chapters in edited volumes [6]

Phokaides, P., (2022) “‘Ruralising’ Zambia: Doxiadis Associates’ Systems-based Planning and Developmentalism in the Non-Industrialized South”, in Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative (ed.) Architecture in Development: Systems and the Emergence of the Global South, London: Routledge, pp.279-301. (Forthcoming)  

Pyla, P., and Phokaides, P. (2018), “An Island of Dams: Ethnic Conflict and the Contradictions of Statehood,” in Menga F. and Swyngedouw E., (eds.), Water, Technology and the Nation-State, Routledge: Earthscan, pp. 115-130.      

Phokaides, P. (2018), “Architecture and Post-Conflict Visions: The International Competition for the Government Office Complex in Nicosia, 1969-1973”, in Patsavos N., and Pissourios I. (eds.) The Cyprus City Paradigm, Urbanity Issues and in Design and Planning. Athens: Cyprus Architects Association and DOMES, pp. 386-413. [In Greek/English]  

Φωκαΐδης Π. και Πύλα Π., (2018) “Κριτική Ιστοριογραφία και Ψηφιακά Εργαλεία Τεκμηρίωσης: Προοπτικές Ενίσχυσης της Έρευνας στη Μοντέρνα Αρχιτεκτονική [Critical Historiography and Digital Documentation Tools: Potential for Enhancing Research in Modern Architecture]”, στο Αθανασίου Α., Δήμα Λ., Καραλή Τ. (επιμ.) Η Επιστροφή του Μοντέρνου: 25 Χρόνια Ελληνικό Docomomo [The Return of the Modern: 25 Years of Greek Docomomo] Αθήνα: Futura, σελ.107-121. [In Greek]

Φωκαΐδης Π., και Χρονάκη Α. (2016), "Από την Αρχαιολογία στην Ιατρική: Αρχιτεκτονική και Πολιτικές της Ταυτότητας στην Αποικιακή Κύπρο, 1878-1940." [From Archaeology to Medicine. Architecture and the Politics of Identity in Colonial Cyprus, 1878-1940], στο Θέσεις της Μνήμης [Theses of Memory]. Αθήνα: Νήσος, pp.99-103. [In Greek]

 Φωκαΐδης Π., και Χρονάκη Α. (2016), "Εισαγωγή" [Introduction], στο Θέσεις της Μνήμης [Theses of Memory], Αθήνα: Νήσος, σελ.11-43. [In Greek]

Articles in scientific journals [8]

Phokaides, P., Samarinis, P., Triantis, L., and Tournikiotis P. (2021) Claiming the Countryside: Ekistics, Socio-Political Conflicts, and Emerging Cold-War Geopolitics During Greek Reconstruction. Architectural Histories. 9(1), p.9. DOI:

Pyla, P., & Phokaides, P. (2020) “Dark and Dirty” Histories of Leisure and Architecture: Varosha’s Past and Future. Architectural Theory Review, 24(1), 27-45. DOI:

 Phokaides, P. (2018) “Rural Networks and Planned Communities: Doxiadis Associates’ Plans for Rural Settlements in Post-Independence Zambia”, The Journal of Architecture, 23 (3), pp. 471-497.

Phokaides, P. (2013) “De-Tropicalizing Africa: Architecture, Planning and Climate, in the 1950s and 1960s”, Docomomo Journal, Modern Africa: Tropical Architecture, (48), pp.76–82.  

Pyla, P. and Phokaides, P. (2011) “Ambivalent Politics and Modernist Debates in Postcolonial Cyprus”, The Journal of Architecture, 16(6), pp. 885-913. 

Vlasopoulos, M. and Phokaides, P. (2011) “The Domestication of the Prison or the Demonization of the House”, Thresholds: ’Future’, (38), Cambridge: MIT, pp. 66-69.    

Phokaides, P. (2007) “Cyprus: of Islands and Otherness”, Other Modernisms: Selection from the Docomomo Registers, Docomomo Journal, 36, pp.35-36.    

Fereos, S. and Phokaides, P. (2006). “Architecture in Cyprus Between the 1930s and 1970s”, Modern Architecture in the Middle East, Docomomo Journal, 35, pp.15-19.  

Conference proceedings [6]

Φωκαΐδης Π. (2016) “Αυτοβιογραφικοί Μοντερνισμοί: Οι Τέσσερις Απόφοιτοι της Αρχιτεκτονικής Σχολής του ΕΜΠ του 1930" [Autobiographical Modernisms: The Four Graduates of the School of Architecture, NTUA in 1930] στο Γιακουμακάτος Α. (επιμ.), Ελληνική Αρχιτεκτονική στον 20ο και 21ο αιώνα: Ιστορία, Θεωρία, Κριτική [Greek Architecture in the 20th and 21st century: History, Theory, Criticism], Αθήνα: Gutenberg, σελ.151-165. [In Greek] 

Phokaides, P. and Pyla, P. (2016) “Leisure-scapes and Conflict-scapes: The Famagusta Modern Coastline.” In Tostões, A., and Fereira, Z. (eds.) Adaptive Reuse: The Modern Movement Towards the Future. 14th International Conference, Lisbon: Docomomo International - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, pp.117-123.    

Phokaides, P. (2016) “‘Emerging’ Rural Networks and Planned Communities in Postcolonial Zambia.” Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the European Architectural History Network, Dublin, pp.348–363.    

Phokaides, P., Panayiotis A., Antoniou, G., Pyla, P. and Samaras, G. (2015) “Architectural Historiography and Database Design: An Alliance to Empower Research in Modern Heritage”, Biocultural 2015: Sustainability in Architectural Cultural Heritage - Conference Proceedings, Biocultural Research Programme, UCy, pp. 267-276.    

Phokaides, P. and Pyla, P. (2012) “Peripheral Hubs and Alternative Modernisations: Designing for Peace and Tourism in Postcolonial Cyprus”, in Heynen, H. and Gosseye, J. (eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, EAHN: Brussels, pp.442-445.    

Phokaides, P. and Pyla, P. (2011) "Postcolonial Utopias in the Context of Cyprus." Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series (WPS), Vol. 231, pp.17-39.    

Exhibition catalogues [3]

Palate, S, Phokaides, P. and Pyla, P. (2021) “More than a Hotel: The Ledra Palace through Stories of Tourism and Modernism”, in T. Stylianou-Lambert, L. Loizou-Hadjigavriel, A. Heraclidou (eds.) Ledra Palace: Dancing on the Line. Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation, pp. 220-223. [In Greek/English]  

 Sekulic, D., and Phokaides, P. (2014) “Energoprojekt. International Trade Fair in Lagos.” In Benno, A. (ed.), Africa: Big Change, Big Chance. Milan: Editrice Compositori, pp.191-193.  

Φωκαΐδης, Π. (2009) “To Λανθάνον Αρχείου του Κυπριακού Μοντερνισμού” [The Latent Archive of Cyprus Modernism], στο Φεραίος Στ., Μιχαήλ Αιμ. και Κωνσταντίνου Κ., (επιμ.), Μαθαίνοντας από τη Μοντέρνα Κληρονομιά [Learning from Modern Heritage]. Λευκωσία: Τμήμα Πολεοδομίας και Οικήσεως, Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, σελ. 20-31. [In Greek]

Others [6]

Φωκαΐδης Π. (2021) “‘Αντι-Αρχεία' της Μοντέρνας Αρχιτεκτονικής” ['Counter-Archives' of Modern Architecture], Πλατφόρμα Δημόσιου Διαλόγου: Πολιτιστική Διαχείριση στην Κύπρο: Προβληματισμοί – Συζητήσεις – Τοποθετήσεις, Πολίτης [Politis], 13 Ιουνίου, σ.29. [In Greek]   

Phokaides P. (2016) “Prism and void, Nicosia”, A10: New European Architecture, 68, p.14-15.

Phokaides P. (2015) “Out of Obscurity: The Residence of Neoptolemos and Maria Michaelides”, A10: New Eureopan Architecture, 66, p.62.  

Phokaides P. (2015) “House in the Landscape, Megara”, A10: New European Architecture, 62, p.22-24.  

Phokaides, P. (2014), “Zypern”, Special section: Architekten in der Europäische Krisezon [Architects in the European Crisis Belt], Hochparterre: Architektur, Planung und Design, pp. 66-67. [In German]  

Phokaides, P., Polyzos, I., and Triantis, L. (2013) Reconsidering the Greater Urbanism Agenda: Crisis, Planning and Architecture in Metropolitan Athens. MONU, (19), pp.94-99.