Rafaella Siagkri

PhD student
 Rafaella Siagkri


Rafaella Siagkri has been a PhD student in the School of Architecture and Planning since September 2018.

She conducted her professional studies in Architecture at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, finishing in 2017, ranked among the top 10 students on her programme. In 2018, she received an MA degree (Dist.) in Architectural Visualisation from the University of Kent. The Masters program provided better understanding and advanced knowledge in the areas of visualisation and perception of architectural environment.

Rafaella was awarded the Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the University of Kent to study her Ph.D degree. Prior to a pursuit of further academia, she worked as a registered architect in Cyprus and Greece, and was involved in designing a number of buildings and participating in architectural competitions. She has also participated in many exhibitions in Greece as well as across Europe, with the most renowned being Biennale of Venice, 14th International Architecture Exhibition/ Fundamentals in Italy. 

Research interests

Rafaella’s research interests include the restoration and renovation of architectural expressionist film sets that proved important in the history of cinema and architecture. Her PhD proposes virtual reality as the most effective tool for success in this goal.

PhD Title

Virtual reality as an investigative tool to better understand architecture in cinema in the case study of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari


  • Teaching Assistant for AR323 (Folio) during Spring term 2018.
  • Sessional Demonstrator during 2018-19 


Professor Gordana Fontana-Giusti and Dr Richard Misek

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