Qualifications: M.Arch. M.Sc. Ph.D.
Nikolaos Karydis is a practising architect as well as an academic. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens from 1998 to 2004. Having won a Greek state scholarship, he studied Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath, where he was awarded the Master of Science with distinction in 2006. In the three following years he remained in Bath, carrying out his doctoral research in the History of Architecture. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 2009, and, in 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Rome Studies Program of the University of Notre Dame. In parallel to his academic work and research, he has worked on urban design and architectural projects both independently and as a senior designer in collaboration with Porphyrios Associates in London.
His research focuses on two different areas: the development of construction technology and the design aspect of city making, with specific focus on the European traditions. The Ph.D. thesis he carried out at the University of Bath reflects his interest in the development of vaulting. His research in this field has sought to recapture the original vaulted form and structure of the Early Byzantine churches of west Asia Minor. This work was distinguished with the 2010 R.I.B.A. President’s Commendation for Outstanding Ph.D. thesis and resulted in his book on Early Byzantine vaulted construction, published by B.A.R. International Series in 2011.
Dr Karydis is particularly interested in research projects that bring together the detailed study of individual monuments with a broad view of the urban environment. His current work looks at urban development in Early Modern Rome, and investigates the ways in which specific building projects of the 16th and the 17th centuries conditioned urban renewal. Entitled 'Buildings as Engines of Change in Rome from Sixtus IV to Alexander VII', this three-year project highlights the changing attitudes concerning the interplay between building and urban space in Rome and reconstructs the stages of the planning history of some of Europe’s most influential urban forms.
Survey, Analysis and Conservation of Historic Buildings
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|AR832||Research Methods and Analysis||Module Convenor|
|AR842||The Legislative Framework||Module Convenor|
|AR843||Intervention at Historic Buildings||Module Convenor|
|AR324||Ancient and Medieval Architecture||Module Convenor|