My interest in landscape has been shaped by the experiences of childhood, growing up in the heart of urban Athens, and spending the long family holidays on the island of Santorini: two extreme landscapes. The landscape of Santorini has become the subject of various later research projects.
When I completed my training as an architect in Greece, I came to England for one year to do a Masters in Conservation at York University. Twenty-two years down the line I am still here. I was attracted by the British Museum where I got a job as a Conservation Architect to plan the new development and the Great Court. At the same time, I started a PhD at University College London. Trying to combine my work in the British Museum and my new-found fascination with cultural landscapes, the thesis investigated how museum languages interact with landscape to produce representations of the geographical heritage of places.
When I finished, I shared my time between teaching Heritage Studies at the University of Plymouth (Exeter), and working on cultural geography and vernacular landscape at Oxford Brookes University. I returned to London as Lecturer in urban design, heritage and tourism at London South Bank University, and as Course Director for the full-time planning postgraduate programme.
Over the years, the focus of my research has been the spatial expression of cultures on the landscape. My latest work looks at how population mobility has affected the structure of urban and rural areas in Europe. I am currently interested in the post-disaster reconstruction of cultural landscapes and archaeological sites.
I was appointed as a Director of Landscape Research Group in 1999. I have contributed to organising various events and the judging of dissertation prizes in recent years.