Marianna Charitonidou
former postdoc
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 entitled "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. 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 is a licensed architect engineer since 2010 and the founder and principal of THINK THROUGH DESIGN architectural and urban design studio.

In September 2018, she was awarded a Doctoral Degree all'unanimità from the National Technical University of Athens. In 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, she examined the mutations of the modes of representation in contemporary architecture in relation to the transformation of the status of the addressee of architecture. She 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 also holds a Master in Architectural Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010), a Master in Science in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London (2011), and a MPhil in History and Theory of Architecture from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2013). 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 75) and has published several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes focused on history and theory of architecture and urban design.

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