Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

It is widely recognized as a vibrant center of learning, academic achievement and excellence. The main campus is located in the historic center of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 41 schoolsoffering a large and diverse academic portfolio and numerous other units (such as laboratories, study rooms, libraries, clinics, research centres etc). Some educational and administrative facilities are located off campus and outside of Thessaloniki.

About 74.000 students study at the Aristotle University in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, as well as, Doctoral level, while there are 2.024 faculty members, more that 500 research fellows and assisting teaching personnel and more than 1400 employees providing administrative services. Cultural activities offered to students at the university include an abundance of clubs and societies. The university has a strong international reputation and boasts a longstanding association with the international exchange Erasmus Programme.

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki performs a great deal of research in a variety of scientific fields. It is in constant and close cooperation with universities, organizations and research centres both in Greece and abroad. The large number of its faculties and its approximately 250 laboratories enable scientists of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to carry out a variety of research projects with great success. 


Alkmini Paka
Department of Architecture, A.U.TH

Alkmini Paka is A.U.Th team leader. She was born in Thessaloniki (1957) and graduated from the American college “Anatolia” in 1975. She studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received her diploma of architect – engineer in 1981. She continued her studies at post graduate level, at the College of Environmental Design, University of California – Berkeley and received a M. Arch. in 1982. As a scholar of the Greek Scholarships Foundation, she continued her studies first, at the Universite de Paris IV –Sorbonne, and received in 1984, a “Diplome d' Etudes Approfondies” (D.E.A.) having as subject «Geographie – Amenagement du Patrimoine”, and in 1985, she received a M.A. in Conversation Studies from the I.A.A.S. - University of York, U.K.

She has worked as a researcher at the Academy of Architecture in Paris (1987-1989), as an architect restorer and exhibition designer for the Greek Ministry of Culture (1993-2000) and as a free lance architect (1989-1993 / 2000- ). She has taught at the School of Architecture of the University of Thessaly (2000-2005), and at the post graduate program of the Greek Open University “Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings”(2005-2017). She is a faculty member, since 2006, of the School of Architecture at A.U.Th., being presently the head of School and director of its post graduate program “Environmental Architectural and Urban Design”.
She has participated as main researcher, in 9 research projects from various bodies and institutions (European Union and Universities) and in many international workshops including, since 2010, the IP European Workshop on Waterfront Urban Design (EWWUD) organized by the department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAU) of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT). Her research focuses on subjects related to environmental urban design and sustainable heritage management.

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