Simos Yannas, DiplArchEng GradDiplAA(Hons) PhD SFHEA

Co-Director, MSc / MArch Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School Transitional PhD Advisor, PhD Programme, AA Graduate School

Professional qualifications

1970 Architect-Engineer, Technical Chamber of Greece 1981- Founding Member & Permanent Secretary,PLEA International Expert Network on sustainable architecture and urban design. 2018- Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Research Interest

The balance between Performance and Atmosphere as measure of adaptive architecturing. Application of simulation tools in architectural design research. Environmental performance assessment of architectural forms and building types in different climatic regions and urban settings, indoors and outdoors. Effects of occupancy and climate change on urban environments and building design. Occupant-centred approach to design research. Adaptive systems for free-running buildings independent of non-renewable energy sources.


Simos Yannas has led environmental design research and teaching at the AA School since the late 1970’s. He has taken part in collaborative national and international research projects and his books and papers have been published in a dozen languages. He is a founding member and permanent secretary of the PLEA international network of experts in sustainable architecture and urbanism, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At the AA School, he is the founding director of the post-professional MSc and MArch programmes in Sustainable Environmental Design, and previously of the MA in Environment & Energy Studies, a PhD supervisor and the former Director of the AA PhD Programme. Outside the AA School he has lectured in schools of architecture, research institutes and international venues in some thirty countries. He has acted as assessor on national and international research programmes, as external examiner on masters and doctorate degrees, and as member of professorial appointment committees in several countries. His two-volume Solar Energy and Housing Design, published in 1994, was widely acclaimed and still features on many reading lists. A follow-up publication tracing the environmental evolution of London housing through a set of building case studies is due for publication by Routledge in 2020. Other books include Roof Cooling Techniques, which was shortlisted for the RIBA Book Award for Architecture, Lessons from Vernacular Architecture and the Portuguese language Em Busca de uma Arquitetura Sustentavel para os Tropicos (Toward a Sustainable Architecture for the Tropics) published by Editora Revan in Rio de Janeiro. His essays on adaptive architecturing have appeared in a recent special issue of AD Architectural Design and in Architecture and Energy published by Routledge. He was awarded the PLEA Achievement Award in 2001.


2017, A. Chatzidimitriou, S. Yannas , Street Canyon Design and Improvement Potential for Urban Open Spaces, Elsevier, Sustainable Cities and Society , Vol. 33 pp85-101

2017, F. Collo, S. Yannas, PLEA 2017 Design to Thrive , Solar Urbanism and Building Design in Buenos Aires, Vol. 2, pp1031-1038

2017, I. Giglio, S. Yannas, PLEA 2017 Design to Thrive , Refurbishing the Corviale: a sustainable city inside a single building, Vol. 2 pp1644-1652

2015, A. Chatzidimitriou, S. Yannas, Microclimate Development in Urban Open Spaces- the influence of form and materialss of urban design parameters on pedestrian thermal comfort in summer. , Elsevier , Energy and Buildings, 108, pp156-174

2014, W. Weber, S. Yannas (Eds). , Lessons from Vernacular Architecture , Earthscan from Routledge

2013, S. Yannas, Architectural Education and the Reality of the Ideal, Architectural Research for Sustainable Environmental Design, Europoean Association for Architectural Education , pp77-86

2013, S. Yannas in Braham, W. and D. Willis (Eds). , Adaptive Architecturing, Routledge, Architecture & Energy

2011, Adaptive Strategies for an Ecological Architecture, John Wiley & Sons, AD Architectural Design, Experimental Green Strategies, 214 pp62-70

2009, O. Corbella, S. Yannas, Em Busca de Uma Arquitetura Sustentavel para os Tropicos, Editora Revan, 2nd Edition

2008, S. Yannas, Challenging the Supremacy of Airconditioning, A2 Architecture & Art, Reconceiving the Built Environments of the Gulf Region , 7, pp42-65

2006, S. Yannas, E.Erell, J.L. Molina, Roof Cooling Techniques-a Design Handbook, Earthscan / James & James

2000, S. Alvarez, E. Maldonado, M. Santamouris, S. Yannas, European Commission ALTENER Conference, Passive Cooling of Buildings, Commission of the Eurooean Communities

1996, S. Yannas, Energy Indices and Performance Targets for Housing Design, Elsevier Science, Lausanne, Energy and Buildings, 23, pp237-249

1994, S. Yannas, Solar Energy and Housing Design, Architectural Association Publications / UK Dept. of Trade & Industry
Volume 1 Principles, Objectives, Guidelines Volume 2 Built Examples

1994, S. Yannas, Design of Educationsl Buildings, Architectural Association / EC Solinfo
Book 1 Primer Book 2 Examples

1988, E. de Oliveira Fernandes, S. Yannas (Eds), Proceedings of PLEA 1988 , Energy and Buildings for Temperate Climates , Pergamon Press

1983, S. Yannas (Ed), 2nd International PLEA Conference , Passive and Low Energy Architecture

Installations and Constructions

2014, S. Yannas (Curator), Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies, Twelve Projects in India, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.


2007, S. Yannas with AA SED student team , Dynamic Structure
Made at AA Hooke Park. Erected and tested on campus of Ameriacan University of Sharjah, UAE.

2005, S. Yannas with AA SED student team , Heliotropic Urban Bench
Structure made at AA Hooke Park and exhibited at Thira and Oia on Santorini, Greece, 22-24 May 2005.

2004, S. Yannas with AA SED Student team, Shelter for Archaeologits
Made at AA Hooke Park. Assembled and tested in Oia, Santorini, Greece, 20-23 April 2004.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.