Aikaterini Zacharopoulou
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Teaching Assistant - 1st Year
Bio: Katerina Zacharopoulou is an architect and researcher. Coming from Thessaloniki, Greece, she received an Architect Engineer Diploma with Honours from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2016. In 2017, she completed the MA Programme "History & Critical Thinking in Architecture" with Distinction. Her MA Thesis explored the use of humour in architectural discourse and practice, and entertained the possibility of its rejection in favour of irony, attributing it to the philosophical background between the terms, in combination with their frequent confusion. Her research interests continue to lie in the conception of built form as a means of communication, and the necessary gap between intended and received message, as well as in if, and how, architectural writings and buildings can be funny.
Thanos Zartaloudis
Unit/Programme:PhD
Position:PhD External 2nd Supervisor
Bio: Dr. Thanos Zartaloudis was born in Athens, Greece and has been living and working in the UK since 1993. He is an academic, working currently as a Reader in Legal theory and history at the University of Kent, where he teaches at Kent Law School in Canterbury. He convenes there a year long course on Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Law and a course titled Law, Space and Power, that fuses architectural theory, urban planning and legal thought. He was earlier teaching at the University of London, Birkbeck College for over a decade and at the University of Exeter. His background lies in law and philosophy, with a particular interest in legal history and theory, philosophy and social theory. He has taught at and visited many Universities internationally. He has been teaching and supervising at the AA since 2014 with a particular interest in the interaction of philosophy with architecture and the way in which architecture governs or commands. He has worked closely with architects over the years and his most recent work is the ongoing project with Aristide Antonas on the urban protocols, an innovative fusion of legal practice, theory and architecture (published now as The Archipelago of Protocols, DtP Barcelona, 2016).
Zaynab Dena Ziari Shalmani
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Tutor - 3rd Year
Bio: Zaynab Dena Ziari completed her postgraduate studies in History and Theory of Architecture at the AA. She writes for architects about architecture and has a research interest in the intersection of urbanism, the digital, and its psychological outputs.
Mohsen Zikri
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer, Diploma TS4
Bio: Mohsen is a Consultant and a former Director of Arup, the internationally acclaimed firm of engineering design consultants. He is a Chartered Engineer with a career that spans over 40 years. He specialises in the environmental design of buildings. During his well-established career at Arup, Mohsen led teams of Structural and Building Services engineers, in the design and implementation of landmark building projects. He worked closely with world-class architects and high profile clients to deliver notable national and international projects. Many of Mohsen’s projects feature innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, using research-based work that he led. He is passionate about creating pleasant and sustainable buildings that offer value for money and benefit both users and building owners. A significant number of Mohsen’s projects won national and international awards, or have been highly acclaimed within the Building industry. Mohsen’s technical speaking and teaching topics at conferences and universities include sustainability, environmental building design, and cutting-edge design technologies. Mohsen co-authored RIBA’s Tall Buildings Design Guide and was responsible for Arup’s M&E Concept and Applications Design Guides.
Francesco Zuddas
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master
Bio: Francesco Zuddas studied architecture, engineering, and urbanism at the University of Cagliari and at the Architectural Association. He is Senior Lecturer at the Leeds School of Architecture and Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins in London. Between 2009-2015 he taught at the Faculty of Architecture in Cagliari. In 2013-14 he was a Visiting Research Scholar at GSAPP, Columbia University. He completed a Ph.D. on the space of the university as a critical testing ground for an idea of the city, which he is currently developing into a book. In parallel to his academic activities, he co-directs the practice urbanaarchitettura focusing on domestic projects and urbanism.

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