Vavili Fani

Curriculum Vitae:
Studies and memberships

  • Architect, School of Architecture, Faculty of Technology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), 1974, Master of Arts in Health Facility Planning, Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU), The Metropolitan University of London, 1980-1981, Ph.D School of Architecture, Faculty of Technology, AUTh, 1985
  • Lecturer in Architectural Design, School of Architecture, Faculty of Technology, AUTh, 1986, Professor (2004)
  • Member of the: Technical Chamber of Greece since 1975, Greek Association of Architects since 1975, International Hospital Federation (IHF) since 1984, UIA, UIA- Public Health Group, 1990 & executive member, global university programs in healthcare architecture (gupha) (2000).
  • Member of the Greek Red Cross since 1968 (bronze metal 1990)
  • Secretary for the Greek Group of the UIA- Public Health Group (1994 until today)
  • Member of the board of the Regional Health Authority for Central Macedonia (2001-4)
  • Member of the board of trustees for the National Library of Greece in Athens (2002-04)
  • Vice Chair of International Exhibition of Thessaloniki - HELEXPO (2003-04)
  • 2006--2007 National Representative for “Science & Technology” for the Greek Ministry of Development at the European Community
  • 2009 member of WHO international experts committee on “ Safe Hospitals”
  • Chairwoman of the public relations at A.U.Th (2009-2010)
  • Member of the board for studies at AUTH (2006-2010)
  • Vice chair for the AUTh university camping (2011-..)
  • Member of the Greek National organizations GENTERA & PERIKTIONI (gender equality in research)
  • Vice chair of the NGO “science in society”
  • Member of the board of the Greek National Institute of Metrology (2010-13)
  • Alterate member of the UIA Council (Paris, 2011…)
  • President of the Hellenic Section of UIA (2012..)

Teaching since 1975 on the following topics:

  • Design of Industrial Buildings (1975-79)
  • Design of Theaters and Auditoriums (1976-78)
  • Design of Rural Houses (1985-87)
  • Planning of Health Care Facilities at the School of Medicine, AUTh (1987-90)
  •  Design of cultural buildings in small towns (since 1999)
  • Design of Dwellings for Users with Special needs (since 1989 until today)
  • Design of Health Care Facilities (since 1979 until today)
  • Designs for extreme conditions the last five years
  • RESIDENCE: Design studio since the 80’s
  • Shelter of Exemption 2011
  • Designing for well being 2012-13

Scientific and research work

  • * Since 1979 research has been concentrated a) on health and well being facility planning and design b) housing design c) libraries planning and design. More analytically:
  • * The primary health care facilities in Greece and the design of Health Centers
  • * Psychiatric facilities in Greek General Hospitals and in the community (e.g.- planning and redesign of a hostel and sheltered flats for chronically mentally ill, redesign of psychiatric department of a D.G.H, master plan and design proposals for a regional long term psychiatric hospital etc.)
  • * Research on "Arts in Health Facilities"
  • * Research on development of standards and regulations in "designing for people with special needs (Universal Design)"
  • * Fire Regulations for hospitals (financed by the Greek Ministry of Public Works)
  • * Research on planning and design of facilities combining recreation, treatment and fitness in areas with spas and springs in Greece (financed by the European Community.).
  • * Design proposals for health spas and springs in Greece
  • * Teaching young architects planning and design on health spas and special treatment units as important parts of organized areas of tourism and leisure (financed by the European Community)
  • * Remodeling of AHEPA Regional and Teaching Hospital in Thessaloniki, Design proposals for remodeling of Regional Hospital of Thessaloniki “Papageorgiou) etc.
  • * Participation in the planning of the new Medical School at the University of Thessaly, Greece. Design proposal for the New Medical School of the University of Thessaly, Greece
  • * Articles on several subjects concerning several architectural subjects presented in Greek and International magazines and congresses, etc.

 some articles:

  •  F. Vavili, “Ward Units: What is New?” UIA-PHG XXIV International Public Health Seminar, Albert Einstein Hospital, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 30 May – 4 June 2004
  •  F.Vavili, S.Stravela, ….“Hospital Design: From the temple to the Mall” UIA-PHG XXV International Public Health Seminar, Istanbul, Turkey, 30 June- 7 July 2005
  •  F.Vavili. International Congress ‘Appropriating Architecture Taming Urganism in the Decades of Transformation’, Department of Architecture, Cairo University, ARCHCAIRO 2006. Invited Lecturer
  •  F. Vavili, Malakasioti, A., “Optical illusions within perception of architectural space”
. Architecture & Phenomenology, 
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, 
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology,
 20-24 Μαΐου 2007
, Haifa, Israel
  •  F. Vavili, Malakasioti, A., “Alternatives to hospital facilities for senior citizens: a new challenge for design”. UIA-PHG XXVII International Public Health Seminar, Beijing China 1-6 July 2007
  •  F. Vavili, Chatzikonstantinou, J., “Novel construction materials and the morphology of future health facilities”. UIA-PHG XXVII International Public Health Seminar, Beijing China 1-6 July 2007
  • F. Vavili, Chatzikonstantinou, J., A Tectonics Approach to the Architecture of Greek Urban Residential Buildings. Παγκόσμιο Συνέδριο “Tectonics 2007”, Holland, December 2007
  • Fani Vavili, Thoughts on the design of health care buildings in extreme situations. WHO workshop on Structural & Non-Structural Safety of Health Facilities in Emergencies, organized by WHO Clusters for Health Action in Crises, and Health Systems and Services, and WHO Regional Offices, Tunisia, 17-19 February 2009, public. By WHO
  • F.Vavili, E.Dova, K.Ouggrinis, V.Papadiamantopoulos “Teaching Architecture in Extreme Conditions” 29th Seminar of the UIA Public Health Group, Buenos Aires, Argentina entitled “New Trends in Health Facilities” organized by UIA Public Health Group and the CIRFS FADU UBA (Research Centre for Health Facility Planning, Faculty of Architecture Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2-6 November 2009.
  • F.Vavili, A.Kyrkou, “Safe Healthcare Facilities for Children and Adolescents”, 30th UIA-PHG INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PUBLIC HEALTHCARE, 29th. November - 3rd. December 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malesia, proceedings pp.271-286
  • F.Vavili, E.Grigoriadou, “Teaching for Heterotopias and a Healthy City”. EFLA Regional Congress of Landscape Architects, 2-4 November 2011 Tallinn, Estonia
  •  F.Vavili, M.Karantaki, “Mediterranean Architecture and Building Materials in Modern Greece”, Sustainable Environment in the Mediterranean Region: from Housing to Urban and land Scale Constructions, Naples 12-14 February 2012

Architectural Practice
Since 1975 involved in architectural practice concerning design of private houses, health care facilities, multi-story residential buildings, nursery, theaters, museums and others. 


  • * publications in Greek scientific and architectural magazines
  • * publications in International scientific magazines
  • * publications in the proceedings of Greek symposiums and congresses
  • * publications in the proceedings of International symposiums and congresses
  • * publications in Seminars
  • * Notes on health facility planning and design for the students of the School of Architecture, AUTh, Greece
  • * Books and pamphlets on several architectural subjects

Also the following publications/books:

  • F. Vavili. (1999) Conference Papers of XVIIIth International Public Health Seminar. "Hospital Design at the beginning of the 21st Century". The International Union of Architects - Public Health Group (UIA/PHG), School of Architecture, The International Hospital Federation (IHF), The World Health Organization (WHO), Technical Chamber of Greece, 1998
  • F. Vavili. Designing for the elderly. (Greek), University Studio Press publ., 2002
  • F. Vavili. Designing for Mental Health. (Greek), University Studio Press publ., 2003
  • F. Vavili at al. Regulations for planning & Designing public Libraries, (Greek), National Research Institute, Ministry of Education 2004
  • Vavili F., Dova E., 2007, Conference Papers of 2nd International Congress on Transparency & Architecture: Challenging the Limits, ZITI, 674, Thessaloniki, 2006
  • F. Vavili, (ed). Art in Health care buildings (Greek & English), publ. ZHTH, 2008
  • F. Vavili (ed) . Aspects of Healing Environments, (English), publ. ZHTH, 2008
  • F.Vavili, E.Dova, V.Papadiamantopoulos, Architecture in Extreme Conditions” containing selected students projects under our supervision. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece (interior publication), 2009


* 2010 Bucuresti: « ION MINCU » UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM”, Rumania, academic year 2009-2010, Starting date:  03/06/2010   Ending date:  07/06/2010  

  • Participation/lecture at the evening lecture of the Master of Architecture Degree Programmes of Sustainable Development: Integrated Concept of Building Environment & Energetic Audit (4 hours: 17.00 – 21.00)
  • Participation/lecture at the Design Studio of Architectural Detailing – 3rd year (4 hours: 14.30 – 18.30)
  • Master students: a round table / workshop on “The durability of the building envelope, between design, execution and use” (3 hours: 10.00 – 13.00). Lecture and criticism
  • Participation/evaluation at the Design Studio of Architectural Detailing – 3rd year (4 hours: 10.30 – 14.30)

* 2010 Kuala Lumpur: Islamic University of Malasya, School of Architecture, 24th. November – 28th November 2010. Workshop on Designing a Health Center at the University Campus: participation/lectures/evaluation etc

  • Cultural Crossroads: Camping of Friendship, Kalandra, A.U.Th, Greece, August 2011, theme “Meeting in Mediterranean: Mutual Approaches in Architectural Thought & Practice” with the participation of students from universities around mediterranean (Israel, Spain, Tunis, Turkey, etc.)
  • Building on a Concept” 2012 workshop organized at the School of Architecture A.U.Th, 17 - 21 May 2012: teaching staff : Fani Vavili professor AUTH, Z. Druckman, Professor, Besalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, Th. Grigiriadou Architect AUTH., E. Langenthal, Senior Lecturer, Ariel University, Israel, N. Tsinikas professor AUTH.
  • 3 workshops for students of Architecture at the university camping in Calandra, Chalkidiki Greece, under the theme “architectural proposals at the seafront”, 2011-2012
  • Summer School 2013: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Archaeology, Arts and Technology, Aristotle University, Poseidi – Kalandra Summer Camp, 19-30 August 2013 (program director))

Emeritus Professor

Subject Areas
Architectural Design


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