I was born on the 15th of April 1976, in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 1994, I graduated from the American College, Anatolia. I began my studies in architecture in September of the same year at the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I was awarded the Diploma in Architecture in July 2000, with the grade average 8/10.
In September 2000 I enrolled for a post-graduate degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Sheffield (UK). I graduated from the Masters Course in Advanced Architectural Studies in September 2001, receiving the Masters Degree in Architecture.
In August 2001, the University of Sheffield offered me a fee waver to continue my studies as a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture. In October 2001 I began studying for my Doctoral Degree.
In April 2002, I was interviewed for the post of the research assistant for the research project RCoSPI – Rapid Construction of Small Passenger Interchanges, leading to my appointment at the post, at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, the University of Sheffield.
In parallel to carrying out research in architecture, I gained academic teaching experience as part of the teaching staff of the BArch Science and Technology Module (1st year) - Structures - ARC 107c, at the School of Architecture, the University of Sheffield, during the academic years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05. Moreover, I taught Station Design as a Guest Lecturer of the Railway Infrastructure and Track Design module of the MSc Programme in Railway Systems Engineering, at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, academic years 2002-03 and 2003-04..
In February 2006, I organized and hosted the one-day conference: Modular Solutions for Rail-based Iinterchanges – Shaping the Future, at the School of Architecture, the University of Sheffield.
From May 2007 until February 2008 I served the Greek Army as an infantry Corporal.
In July 2008 I submitted my PhD Thesis: Generic Architectural Products for Small Rail-linked Passenger Interchanges, to the University of Sheffield. I successfully supported my Thesis before the examiners on the 8th of October 2008 and was awarded my Doctoral Degree on the 8th of April 2009. The PhD degree was recognized by the Greek National Academic Recognition Information Center as equivalent to that awarded by the Greek universities.
My postgraduate research culminated into the publication of eleven research papers – two published in international academic journals, eight published in conference proceedings of international conferences, and one publication of my architectural work as part of the yearbook of A.U.Th.’s Architecture Graduates of 2000.
From September 2009 to September 2013 I taught as an adjunct Lecturer (ΠΔ 407/80) at the Department of Architecture of the Polytechnic School of the Democritus University of Thrace, as part of the staff of the architectural / urban design studios of professors D. Polychronopoulos, and P. Mantzou. In July 2011 I was part of the teaching staff at the 3rd Summer Workshop of Architecture: Interactive Landscapes and Architecture, organised by the School of Architecture, D.U.Th., in Thassos, entitled: Places of Transition. Selected student projects, produced at the Landscape Architecture I-II studio and at the Urban Design I-II studio, 2009-10, D.U.Th., were accepted and published in the context of the 6th Landscape Architecture Biennale in Barcelona.
Since 2009 I am an active member of research teams of funded research projects at the Departments of Architecture of the Universities D.U.TH and A.U.TH.
In 2009, I collaborated with a team of architects on two funded research projects of the School of Architecture of AUTH. I was part of the design team of the implementation design phase of Thermi’s Town Hall, in the context of research project: Investigation into: the functional co-existence relationships between the departments and civil services, their spatial requirements; briefing and designing alternate architectural proposals for Thermi’s Town Hall (placename Θέρμη) as part of the urban expansion – development of Thermi. The principle researcher of the project was Prof. E. Kastro (Professor of Architecture, AUTH) and funding came from the municipality of Thermi. In 2010, the design of Thermi’s Town Hall was awarded the prize of: Best Architectural Design of the Years 2007-2009, in the context of the architectural design competition DOMES 2010.
Since 2011, I am a member of the International Working Group SuSoCi, and since 2012, a substitute member of the Management Committee of the EU-funded action EU COST Action TD0804 'Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes', 2008-2013.
In March 2012, I was elected Lecturer of architecture - "Environmental Approach to Architectural and Urban Design” at the School of Architecture, A.U.TH. Since October 2012, I teach at the school as part of the annual design studio of the 3rd year: "From composition to construction." During the spring semester of 2012-13 I was also part of the tutors of the 2nd International Design Seminar: PoPUp Shrinking Concept, which was organized by the Schools Architecture: Technical University of Madrid (Spain), University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). The results of experimental studio are publicised on:http://ocw.upm.es/proyectos-arquitectonicos/Architectural-Design-UD-Soriano2012-13.
My recent research activity focusing on the topic of soundscapes was published in three conferences (Chourmouziadou and Sakantamis, 2012, 2013). Moreover, as part of the EU COST Action, TD0804 'Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes', 2008-2013, I co-organised a conference and designed a traveling exhibition (Soundscape traveling exhibition), and was also a member of the editorial board of the special edition: Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes, Oxford, 2013. Also, in 2013, I received a scholarship of excellence by the Research Committee of A.U.TH, which funds my current research activity as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Architecture, A.U.TH.
Since October 2008 I work as a freelance architect while, in parallel, collaborating with design teams for public and private projects. I am one of the main collaborators in the design of the Library and Museum building at Kozani (currently under construction). In 2011, I was part of the design team responsible for the proposal 7111317, in cooperation with S. Tsiontsi and K. Chourmouziadou, submitted to the architectural competition for the Stations of the New Marine Urban Transport in Thessaloniki, launched by the Ministry of Infrastructure. The proposal was included in the top 20 (of 52) which stood out for the high degree of responsiveness to the criteria of the contest.
Research and design projects which I was part of have received publicity in the following publications and reports: