Dr Krystallia Kamvasinou

Dr Krystallia Kamvasinou

I am an architect and landscape architect and my professional experience includes over ten entries in architectural and design competitions, four of them award-winning. I hold a PhD in Architecture from the University of Westminster, a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture (distinction) from Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University and a first degree in Architecture-Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.

In my academic career, I have been Lecturer in Landscape Design at the University of Kent; AHRC Principal Research Fellow at UCL; Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster; and visiting critic/speaker at The Bartlett, UCL, University College Dublin, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Greenwich.

I was appointed as Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Westminster from 2007-10. Between February 2011 and September 2012, I was Project Research and Development Officer for Build Up, the Professional Development and Consultancy Centre at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. 

Between 2012-14 I was employed as Research Fellow funded by the Leverhulme Trust (RF-2012-518) to do research on 'Interim spaces and creative use' including an international best practice and policy review as well as an empirical study focusing on London's temporary land use initiatives since 2008.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Planning, Urban Design and Architecture.

External Activities

  • Inclusive Playgrounds Quarterly Working Group, Westminster City Council (2023-)
  • Editorial Board member for Urban Design Journal, Urban Design Group (2023-)
  • External Examiner, PhD by Practice, London Metropolitan University, 2022
  • External Examiner, Master by Research, University College Dublin, 2022
  • Jury member for Transforming the Urban Landscape, an international ideas competition organized by the Landscape Institute in 2020
  • Member of LB Hounslow Green Partnership Board (2020-2023)
  • Knowledge exchange coordinator between MA Urban Design and LB Hounslow in 2020-21
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since June 2012
  • External examiner, Master of Landscape Architecture, Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, Norway (2014-15)
  • External examiner (Landscape Architecture), School of Architecture, University College Dublin (2011-2014)
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Global Environmental Issues (Inderscience Publishers)
  • Reviewer for Routledge (Planning, Architecture and Landscape Research series)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Landscape Architecture (Taylor & Francis)
  • Reviewer for Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer (Thomas Telford)
  • Reviewer for Landscape Research (Taylor & Francis)
  • Reviewer for Architecture and Culture (Bloomsbury)
  • Reviewer for Urban Planning (Cogitatio Press)
  • Reviewer for Urban Studies (Sage Publishing)
  • Guest Editor for The Journal of Architecture (Taylor and Francis)
  • Guest Editor for Landscape Research (Taylor and Francis)
  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (since 1994)
  • Associate Member (design) of the Landscape Institute (1999-2011)
  • Academic Member of the Landscape Institute (2011-)

I am a member of the Sustainable Cities and the Urban Environment research community (SCUE). Between 2019-2021 I was Principal Investigator for two seed projects: 'Green space use for people's wellbeing during COVID19' funded by SCUE and 'Adaptation of the public realm to COVID19 and the impact on future planning and design of sustainable and healthy cities' funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust, both projects in collaboration with Prof. Rachel Aldred and Dr Nina Smyth. In 2022 I led the QHT-funded project 'Enhancing Student Readiness for Climate, Health and Resilience projects in the built environment' (in collaboration with Giulio Verdini, Ripin Kalra, Corinna Dean and Sabina Cioboata).

Prior research has been recognised by national and international bodies. My PhD on "Transitional Landscapes - An investigation into motion perception and its implications for landscape design" was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now AHRC), the P&E Michelis Foundation, and IKY (Greek State Scholarships Foundation). My research on 'Interim spaces and creative use' was funded by a £45,000 Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2012-14).

My research focuses on urban landscapes as an interdisciplinary field of study and practice. The following areas are of particular interest:

-Urban nature and health and wellbeing

-Inclusive places

-Temporary urbanism 

-Abandoned landscapes and adaptive reuse 

-Film/video as a means of research and as a tool for design

-Transitional landscapes, motion perception and sensory design, an interest that stems from my PhD research

My research has been presented in more than 20 conferences, workshops or seminars and published in several edited books, such as Deterritorialisations... Revisioning Landscapes and Politics (Black Dog, 2003), Architecture and field/work (Routledge, 2011), Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (Routledge, 2013) as well as scholarly journals such as the Journal of Landscape Architecture, Architectural Research Quarterly, The Journal of Architecture and Municipal Engineer. My article on "Vague Parks" (2006) has been reprinted and distributed as part of the exhibition ABC : MTL (13 November 2012 - 31 March 2013) by the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

I was co-organiser of a major international conference on Emerging Landscapes, a collaborative project between Architecture and Media, Arts and Design, held at the University of Westminster in June 2010. I contributed as a co-editor to the follow-up publications: Critical Perspectives on Landscape, a special issue of the Journal of Architecture published in February 2012, and the edited book Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate 2014). 

In 2015, I co-organised a conference on Re-imagining Rurality (Feb 2015). I have contributed as a lead editor to a special issue of Landscape Research on The Politics of Rurality (Vol 44, Issue 7, Oct 2019).

Interim spaces and creative use: Leverhulme project summary (RF-2012-518)

The research project investigated whether vacant spaces can be beneficial for local communities and for urban resilience if officially brought into interim uses. It built upon a historical review of interim spaces (UK and international) to focus on London in the recent downturn (2008). London initiatives were examined through an empirical study of local creative use in 5 representative sites. The research design comprised on-site filming and interviews with users, site surveys, a web blog, and a public workshop open to all participants, while research outputs included academic publications and a short film.

The project made an original contribution to key debates including: how to plan for efficiency and resilience in a world without funding; worries over the standardisation of space; and the need to acknowledge everyday practices and the social and ecological value of places. It added a critical dimension to our understanding of temporary urbanism and urban resilience.

See interimspacescreativeuse.wordpress.com

Watch my documentary on Interim Spaces and Creative Use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawuz4siovI

  • Emerging Territories

Sustainable Development Goals
SCUE seed funding 2019-2020: Greenspace use for people's wellbeing during COVID19

Sustainable Cities and the Urban Environment research community

QHT seed funding in response to the COVID19 call: Adaptation of the public realm to Covid19 and the impact on future planning and design of sustainable and healthy cities

Quintin Hogg Trust

QHT funding in response to the call for 'Supporting learning and teaching, the student experience and social enterprise': Enhancing student readiness for climate, health and resilience projects in the built environment

Quintin Hogg Trust