Olga Ioannou

Dr. Olga Ioannou

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Architectural Engineering + Technology Department

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Research profile

Olga's expertise lies in architectural education and knowledge creation within the extended communities of knowledge. She has worked for NTUA as a senior researcher for the Horizon2020 program SoPHIA and has also been a member of several EU Tempus programs in collaboration with UNIWA. Her research interests include network learning in architectural education, design through research and the evolution of the design knowledge. Her work has been published in online scientific journals and presented in international conferences. 

She currently focuses on circular economy and in particular, circularity's role in design from a systems perspective and the way it reorganizes both the educational experience, but also the architectural design practice. 

Academic background

Olga Ioannou studied Architecture at the “Sapienza” University of Rome and received her diploma in Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2002). She earned a postgraduate degree from the Postgraduate Programme “Architecture - Space -Design” of the National Technical University of Athens (2012). She acquired her PhD at NTUA (2019) where she also lectured as a teaching assistant from 2014 to 2019. She developed a number of blended modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also taught several Building Technology courses at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Thessaly in Volos, and at the Postgraduate Program of the University of Portsmouth's branch in Athens where she was Unit Leader of TECHNE. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD NTUA, thesis entitled: "Architectural Education on the Internet and the constitution of the learning subject within the extended communities of knowledge." Supervisor: Prof. Nelly Marda, funded by NTUA's Special Account for Research (SARG) , National Technical University of Athens

29 Jan 201418 Mar 2019

Award Date: 18 Mar 2019

Postgraduate Diploma Interdisciplinary-Interdepartmental Program: "Architecture and Space Design," direction "Design–Space–Culture," National Technical University of Athens , National Technical University of Athens


Award Date: 12 Jul 2012

Diploma in Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Award Date: 22 Nov 2002

Architectural Studies (1st Cycle: 1st and 2nd Year), Universita degli Studi di Roma, La Sapienza


External positions

Horizon 2020 Program SoPHIA, Senior Researcher, National Technical University of Athens

Jan 2020Jul 2020

Unit Leader @ TECHNE Unit, Athens Metropolitan College, University of Portsmouth, School of Architecture branch


Teaching Assistant-Course Developer, National Technical University of Athens


Assistant Professor (adjunct), University of Thessaly, Faculty of Architecture



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