She graduated from the School of Architecture, AUTh. in 1979 with distinction, (State Scholarship Foundation recipient for all years of study). Between 1979-1982 she studied under a UBC Graduate Fellowship at the School of Architecture of the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She received a MArch degree in 1982. In her thesis she focused on the theory of design and on the notion of meaning in architecture. She was awarded the Wolfgang Gerson Prize for excellence in graduate studies. She studied under a State Scholarship Foundation for a PH.D degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London, and she received a Ph.D in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. Bill Hillier. In her doctorate thesis she focused on the logic of architectural composition, on the notion of concept and of the architect’s personal idiom. She is associate professor of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture AUTh., Thessaloniki.
She has more than 80 publications in scientific periodicals and in proceedings of national and international conferences, as well as participations (with papers) in conferences and round tables. She has written one book published in english and italian and she has participated with 5 chapters in another (to be published in chinese).
Her research and her applied work are on architectural design and the analysis of architectural composition, as well as on the notions of concept, personal idiom and meaning. She has an extensive architectural practice as a founding member of the architectural office SPARCH SAKELLARIDOU / PAPANIKOLAOU ARCHITECTS, (www.sparch.gr), with offices in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. A great part of SPARCH’s architectural projects have been constructed. SPARCH’s architecture has received international and national recognition, has been extensively published and has been presented in more than 16 lectures in Greece, France, Italy, Slovenia. SPARCH has received 9 international and national prizes of architecture, among which are: High Commendation World Architecture Festival 2008, 2 nominees for the Mies van der Rohe Prize, 2000 Prize and 2008 Special Mention by the Greek Institute of Architecture, Aris Konstandinides Prize 2005. SPARCH’s work has been exhibited in 35 exhibitions, among which
at the Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, in London, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Paris, Tokyo and has received 19 prizes and distinctions in architectural competitions, among which 10 first prizes.
Architectural design: theory and practice. Analysis of architectural composition. Architectural design (large scale, complex buildings). Contemporary architectural theory. She teaches design studio and theory of architecture.