Kleo Axarli is professor at the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she lectures in topics relevant to architectural technology and architectural design of energy efficient buildings.
She is also director of the Architectural Technology Laboratory of the School of Architecture, which is an accredited and European Union Notified Laboratory for building materials and products tests for thermal and sound insulation.
From 1977 till 2010 she has been a member of the Laboratory of Building Construction and Building Physics at the department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with lecturing and research experience on topics of building technology, building physics, sustainable design and utilization of solar energy in buildings.
She is scientific coordinator of the postgraduate studies programme “Environmental design of cities and buildings” of the Hellenic Open University where she is also lecturing the relevant courses. She is also teaching the courses on Sustainability and Sustainable design of open spaces of the Landscape Architecture postgraduate studies programme at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
She is a graduate of the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1975). She also holds a Master of Social Sciences (M.Soc.Sci) in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK (1977) and a PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1995) on the topic of sustainable building design (PhD thesis: Energy conscious design of the building shell and the use of the "direct gain" passive solar system in Greek school buildings).
During the period 1981-1982 she held the position of visiting lecturer at the department of Architecture of the Sheffield University, UK where she specialized on topics of solar passive systems and the use of energy simulation software for thermal performance assessment of buildings.
Her research activity is mainly related to the topics of architectural design with environmental criteria, sustainable design of buildings and open spaces, energy efficiency of buildings, the design and evaluation of building skins in relation to environmental parameters, passive heating, cooling and lighting systems, building technology, utilization of renewable energy sources for satisfying building energy demands, energy conservation of buildings and in general to sustainable development. In line with her research activities she supervises PhD students and she has participated in numerous examining committees for PhD Thesis defence.
She has attended many Greek and international conferences and has given numerous lectures as invited speaker in seminars and scientific meetings, disseminating research results on topics of sustainable design both on building and urban level.
She is member of many scientific committees that deal with environmental and energy issues. Notably, she had an active role in the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) committee that prepared the technical guidelines for the implementation of the new Buildings’ Energy Performance Code (K.EN.A.K.) and the training manuals of the Building Energy Accredited Assessors.
Her publishing activity with papers, books and course educational material focuses on topics of sustainable design, energy savings and solar applications in buildings. It is worth mentioning: “Energy efficient design principles-passive solar building systems-building physics”, ed. Kyriakides, ©1982, “Methods and installations of bioclimatic design for energy conservation: the contribution of natural lighting”, Hellenic Open University, ©2001, “The passive Heating and Cooling of buildings exploiting solar energy”, educational cd-rom, ©2000.
She has participated in many national and European research projects on the field of sustainable development and energy conscious design of building skins and open urban spaces. Many of them were aiming to the design of special buildings (sport facilities, educational buildings, etc), able to satisfy their heating demands through integrated passive solar systems and architectural applications of innovative environmental technologies and techniques.
She is also active in consultancy as an architect on the bioclimatic design of buildings and open spaces and she provides technical support to design teams on projects with special needs for thermal insulation, waterproofing, shading, natural ventilation, etc.
Research fields of interest
- architectural design of buildings and urban design
- sustainable/bioclimatic design of buildings
- sustainable/bioclimatic design of open spaces
- architectural technology and construction materials,
- energy savings and free carbon buildings
- environmental design- building physics
- protection of building envelope: thermal insulation, waterproofing, sound insulation, sunshading
- thermal and visual comfort and air quality in buildings
- passive solar heating systems, passive cooling, natural lighting
- renewable energy sources-application in buildings and in settlements
- buildings energy refurbishment
- sustainable and ecological design and development
- energy performance assessment of buildings
Architectural technology and sustainable design