Christodoulou Charis

CV in short:

Charis Christodoulou studied architecture at the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Dip MA 1995 – Thesis project:  “Regeneration of 12 Apostles’ Byzantine Church Urban Quarter in the Historic Centre of Thessaloniki”).  She pursued post-graduate studies in Urban Design at the Joint Centre for Urban Design, Schools of Architecture & Planning, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford (MA 1996 - Thesis title: “Urban Regeneration and Cultural Interventions in European Cities at the Turn of the Century”). Her doctoral research grounded the hypothesis of a new socio-spatial order discernible in European cities in the period following the ‘70s - and in specific its variation in the South, in which the concentration of new forms of poverty and exclusion go hand-in-hand with that of globalized business activities (PhD 2008, Dpt. of Architecture AUT – Title of Doctorate Thesis: “Urbanization and Spaces of Social Exclusion: Habitation Patterns in the Periphery of Thessaloniki, 1980-2000”).

She has taken part in several research projects in the field of urban regeneration, urban design and urban planning in Greek cities. Her work as a professional architect – urban designer – planner includes mainly consultancy to local authorities on issues of ekistics, urban strategies and participatory design, as well as architectural interventions, in the framework of national and European funds. In the past, she taught urban design and urban planning, theory and urban synthesis in architectural and urban scale, and space – place - gender discourse in the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly in Volos (lecturer on contract, 2001-2005). She has been teaching urban design and urban planning in the School of Architecture, Aristotle University Thessaloniki since 2009. Her work within a number of teams has received distinction in several international architectural and urban design competitions.


Knowledge field:

Urban planning, urban design, urban geography: theory and practices, socio-spatial transformation of the contemporary city, networking actors, gender perspectives, social housing.


Research interests:

Urban planning: sprawl, statutory framework and urbanization processes, Greek cities’ specificities.

Urban design: urban regeneration strategies and sustainability – issues of planning, management, implementation and effects, urban design processes and participation, environmental urban design.

Socio-spatial transformation of the city in the framework of globalization - internationalization: urban dispersion, segregation, spaces of social exclusion, urban resilience – fragility, habitation of vulnerable groups and communities.

Gender mainstreaming urban design and urban planning.

European policies on the urban environment and social exclusion.


Authored Book:

Cristodoulou, Charis (2015) Landscapes of Sprawl. Urbanization and Urban Planning. The Periphery of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press. (in Greek)


Contribution in Books:

Christodoulou, C. (2015) Transformation of the periphery of Thessaloniki:  urbanization, habitation and landscape across the postwar period, in Keridis, D. (ed) Thessaloniki – A City in Transition, 1912-2012, Thessaloniki: Navarino Network – Epikentro [in Greek], pp.465-483 (in Greek).

Christodoulou, C. (2013) «Sparks» of Urban Transformation, in Ε.Α.Χ.Α., Architectural Ideas Competition: Thessaloniki X4, Athens, Ε.Α.Χ.Α. Α.Ε., pp. 16-17.

Athanassiou, E., C.Christodoulou, K.Hadjimichalis (2011) Meteoria Polichnis: Self-generated settlement in western Thessaloniki, in Hadjimicahlis, K.(ed) Contemporary Greek Landscapes – Geographical View from Above, Athens: Melissa Eds, pp.90-93. (in Greek)

Christodoulou, C. (2009) Constitution and margins of women’s everyday life in the fringe of the Greek city. Feminist approaches of habitation in the periphery of Thessaloniki, in Lada, A. (ed) Trans-locations: Gender, Difference and urban Space. Athens: Futura, pp.111-124. (in Greek)



Recent papers:

Christodoulou, C. (2015) Dwelling at the border and complexities of inclusion in space, in Tressou, E., S.Mitakidou, G.Karagianni (eds) Roma Inclusion - International and Greek Experiences - Book of Proceedings, International Conference ‘Complexities of Inclusion’, 3-5 October 2014, Thessaloniki, pp. 199-220.

Christodoulou, C. (2014) Gender Mainstreaming Urban Planning and Design Processes in Greece, International Conference “Engendering Cities”, GENDERste/COST, 25-26 September, Rome.

Athanassiou, E., C.Christodoulou (2014) Comparative Mapping of City Histories: The City Of Volos in the Network of Mediterranean Cities, Association of European Schools of Planning Annual Conference (AESOP 2014) «From control to co-evolution», 9-12 July, Utrecht-Delft, published in Conference Proceedings (Thursday 10 July/session 3/ track 15 / presentation 3)

Christodoulou, C. (2014) ‘The Stressful Urban Fringe’: Planning in the Perimeter of Thessaloniki (Greece), Association of European Schools of Planning Annual Conference (AESOP 2014) «From control to co-evolution», 9-12 July, Utrecht-Delft, published in Conference Proceedings (Thursday 10 July/session 3/ track 14 / presentation 4)Christodoulou, C. (2014) Transformation of the Periphery of Thessaloniki:  Urbanization, Habitation and Landscape across the Postwar Period, Book of Proceedings, conference titled: Thessaloniki: A City in Transition, 1912-2012, Navarino Network, Thessaloniki, 18.-21. Oct. (in print)

Christodoulou, C. (2013) Urban design practices and Local Governance Policies in the Crisis Condition – The Case of Thessaloniki, published in Conference Proceedings “Change and Resignification of Space in Greece in the period of Crisis”, 1-3. Nov.,

Christodoulou, C., Gemenetzi, G. (2012) Landscape Identification, Protection and Enhancement along the Coastal Zone of Thessaloniki Gulf: Problems and Perspectives, Proceedings On-line, 10th Conference of the European Regional Science Association, titled: Economic Crisis, Development and Cohesions Strategies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, 1.-2. Jun. (in Greek)

Athanassiou, E., C.Christodoulou, A.Karadimou-Yerolympos, A.Papagiannakis, A. Vitopoulou (2012) From Iconic to Pragmatic: Urban Design Practices for Everyday Life, Book of Proceedings, 3rd Pan-Hellenic Conference on Urban and Regional Planning and Development, Volos, 27.-30. Sept., pp. 651-656 (in Greek)

Christodoulou, C. (2011) Public Space Conceptual Inscriptions in the Briefs of Contemporary International Urban Design Competitions, Book of Proceedings, Technical Chamber of Greece Conference titled: “Looking for …Public Space”, 20.-22. Oct., A12, pp. 67-69 (in Greek)

Hastaoglou-Martinidis, V., Christodoulou, C. (2010) Preservation of Urban Heritage and Tourism in Thessaloniki, Rivista di Scienze del Tourismo, n. 2, pp.121-147

Christodoulou, C. (2009) Urban Planning and Spaces of Social Exclusion: Habitation Patterns in the Periphery of Thessaloniki, 1980-2000 (doctoral dissertation review, Geographies, 15, Spring 2009, pp. 179-187 (in Greek)

Christodoulou, C. (2008) The Planning of Peri-urban and Suburban Space of Greek Cities: Statutory Framework and Fragmentary Planning Practices in the Periphery of Thessaloniki, Technika Chronika (internet publication in ), 6, pp. 3.1-3.43  (in Greek)



Assistant Professor

Dip MA Arch, MA in Urban Design, PhD Arch

Subject Areas:
Urban planning, urban design: theory and practices, socio-spatial transformation of the contemporary city