Marianna Charitonidou
Curriculum vitae

Dr. ir. Marianna Charitonidou is a Lecturer and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) ETH Zürich, where she works on her project entitled “The Travelling Architect's Eye: Photography and the Automobile Vision”, which will result in the publication of a monographic book. This research project investigates the status of the photographs that architects take during their travels by car. It is based on the hypothesis that the view from the car has established a new epistemology of the urban landscape and the territory at large. Focusing on the views from the car produced by John Lautner, Alison and Peter Smithson and Aldo Rossi, it examines how the epistemological shift related to automobile vision influenced architectural thinking and practice. In parallel, Dr. ir. Charitonidou is curating an exhibition “The View from the Car: Autopia as a New Perceptual Regime”, which, through the visual juxtaposition of various photographs taken by several important architects of the 20th and 21st century from the car while travelling, aims to render explicit the impact of the car on the way we perceive the city. Currently, she is a co-lecturer for the courses “Fundamentals of the History and Theory of Architecture I” (Fall Semester) and “Fundamentals of the History and Theory of Architecture II” (Spring Semester). During the spring semester 2021, she will teach at ETH Zürich a seminar entitled “The City Represented: The View from the Car as a New Perceptual Regime”. Dr. ir. Charitonidou has taught in various schools in Europe – especially in Paris and Greece. She was an Adjunct Lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Ioannina, the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais. École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-la-Villette and the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles. She is also conducting a postdoctoral project entitled “The Fictional Addressee of Architecture as a Device for Exploring Post-colonial Culture: The Transformations of the Helleno-centric Approaches" at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and a postdoctoral project entitled “Constantinos A. Doxiadis and Adriano Olivetti’s Post-war Reconstruction Agendas in Greece and in Italy: Centralising and Decentralising Political Apparatus” at the Department of Art Theory and History of Athens School of Fine Arts. In 2020, her essay “Simultaneously Space and Event: Bernard Tschumi’s Conception of Architecture” was awarded an honourable mention by Bruno Zevi Foundation.

In September 2018, she was awarded a Doctoral Degree all'unanimità from the National Technical University of Athens. Her PhD dissertation "The Relationship between Interpretation and Elaboration of Architectural Form: Investigating the Mutations of Architecture's Scope", which she is currently editing into a book, examined the mutations of the modes of representation in contemporary architecture in relation to the transformation of the status of the addressee of architecture. After having benefited from an Erasmus Scholarship for her studies in the Master’s program of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (2007-2008), she obtained a Master in Architectural Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010), a Master in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association in London (2011) (MSc Dissertation Project: "Sustainable Housing Design in Mykonos: Vernacular vs. Contemporary"), and a MPhil in History and Theory of Architecture (Inter-Departmental Postgraduate Program "Design - Space - Culture") at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2013). In 2010, Marianna Charitonidou founded the practice THINK THROUGH DESIGN(2010). She is a registered Architect Engineer at the Technical Chamber of Greece since October 2010. She was awarded Research Grants from the Getty Research Institute, the Académie Française, the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Université Paris Nanterre, and Leventis Foundation. In parallel, she was a Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (invited by Prof. Bernard Tschumi, 2016-2017 & 2017-2018) and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (invited by Prof. Jean-Louis Cohen, 2014-2015 & 2016-2017), the École française de Rome (2016-2017 & 2017-2018), and resident at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for her project "The modes of representation of Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, Aldo Rossi and Bernard Tschumi: the ‘observer’ vis-à-vis the strategies of de-codification” (Doctoral Students Grant Program 2018). She has presented her research at many international conferences (more than 50) and has published several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes focused on architectural theory and history. Among her publications are: Among her publications are: "Simultaneously Space and Event: Bernard Tschumi’s Conception of Architecture", in ARENA Journal of Architectural Research, 5(1)(2020), "The Immediacy of Urban Reality in Postwar Italy: Between Neorealism and Tendenza’s Instrumentalization of Ugliness", in Architecture and Ugliness: Anti-Aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture (eds. Wouter Van Acker, Thomas Mical, Bloomsbury Press, 2020), "Music as a Reservoir of Thought’s Materialization: Between ‘Metastasis’ and ‘Modulor’", in Aberrant Nuptials: Deleuze and Artistic Research 2 (eds. Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici, Leuven University Press, 2019), "Le récit autobiographique d’Aldo Rossi: Introspection ou rétrospection?", in L'Homme & la Société 208 (2018), "Between Urban Renewal and Nuova Dimensione: The 68 Effects vis-à-vis the Real", in Histories of Postwar Architecture 2 (2018), "Archives of Architecture Museums: The Effects of Digitisation", in OASE 99 (2017), "Réinventer la posture historique : les débats théoriques à propos de la comparaison et des transferts", in Espaces et Sociétés 167 (2016), "L’AUA entre le Team 10 et le postmodernisme", in Une architecture de l’engagement: l’AUA 1960-1985 (eds. Jean-Louis Cohen, Vanessa Grossman, La Découverte/Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, 2015). She will be the editor of the theme issue “Writing Automobile Histories” (volume 31, no. 1) of Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

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