AIGHIO 1958 -
R.N. TCG   32938


Diploma in Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) 1981

Postgraduate Diploma in Restoration of Monuments, Scuola di Specializzazione, La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy 1991

Ph.D. History and theory of architecture, Architectural Association Graduate School, London, UK 1998

Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Fellow, School of Architecture, Princeton University, USA 2005


Freelance Architect, M. Theodorou Architecture Studio 1981 - 2014

Adviser on architecture to the Greek Minister of Culture 1996 - 2001

Adviser on architecture, Hellenic Culture Organization SA - Cultural Olympiad 2001 - 2004

Head, Architecture Network, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Greece 2001 - 2006

Director and founding member, in charge of research program, School of Architecture for All (SARCHA) 2006 - 2016

Architecture History and Theory Coordinator, The Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University, UK 2013 - 2017

M Arch Architecture History and Theory Lead, School of Built Environment and Architecture, LSBU, UK 2018 - Today

School of architecture for all (Sarcha), Polypolis.


Maria Theodorou born in Aighio- Greece 1958, inholds a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture (Architectural Association, London, 1998), a postgraduate diploma in Architecture Conservation (La Sapienza, Rome, 1991), and an Architecture Engineering degree (AUTH, Greece, 1981). She was a Fulbright visiting fellow (School of Architecture Princeton, USA, 2005), where she researched open architectural education structures to initiate the experimental School of Architecture for All (SARCHA). In charge of SARCHA’s research programme 2006-2016


Maria has directed the Un-built international programme (SARCHA &Athens Byzantine Museum 2008) & the CCR Athens Gerani, a city resources reset pilot project commissioned by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment which was shortlisted and presented at The Resourceful Architect international  competition in London (Royal Society of Arts, May 2011). She directed the development of Polypolis,a role-playing social game on the ‘in common’ administration of the human, natural and physical city resources, presented in Oslo (2016), Chania, Rome (2011), Athens (2012) and at the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase at the London 2012 Festival


She organised the Athens Travelers (2012) project and, upon invitation by the British Council, the international call for ideas and discussion on the in-common city governance Demos by SARCHA at the London 2013 Festival of Architecture,


SARCHA’s work was funded by the ESRC, UK and the EE Youth in Action program and featured in AJ and Blueprint. Maria’s other professional activities include:

Advisor to the Minister of Culture in Greece (2001-2006), Head of the Architecture Network (Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens 2001-2006), Council of Europe expert (2003), exhibition curator of Athenscape: The 2004 Olympics and the Metabolism of the City(RIBA, 2003), director of the international architecture competition and touring exhibition Ephemeral Structures in the City of Athens (Athens, Paris, Cyprus, Japan 2002- 2006), editor of the Athens D.O.E.S. series (2003), national coordinator of Archimed, best practice EE pilot project (1996-2001). A chartered architect in Greece (TEE) and in the UK (RIBA/ARB), Maria’s own professional practice includes the design/construction supervision of 18 building projects. Her publications and research focused on architecture’s relation to the political and has been invited speaker and design/H&T critic at Princeton, Architectural Association, Bartlett, Sheffield School of Architecture, ESALA Edinburgh, EPFL Lausanne, CCEA Prague, Onassis Foundation, the Hellenic League for Human Rights Athens, the European Humanities University, Vilnius Lithuania, invited juror at UIA international architecture competitions and speaker and design tutor at the ENSA-VersaillesSummer School at Isfahan Iran (August 2017).


She has organised international conferences and numerous events, such as the 6th International Conference on Design Competitions (ICC 2016) Leeds, UK, the Shadow Series (2016-17) and the Ricochet Series (2017-18) at the Architectural Association in London.


Since 2013, Maria has been teaching Architecture History & Theory in the UK (Leeds School of Architecture, LSBU School of Architecture). Among her publications, The Competition Grid: Experimenting with and within Architecture Competitions (RIBA publishing, 2018).Her current research focus is on architecture thinking modalities as in Theodorou, Maria. 2018. ‘The Materials Catch: Dream-Thinking for Architects.’ Lo Squaderno 48: 27-31 and in her forthcoming book Modalities of Thinking: An Ecology of Architecture Stories and Practices (UP 2021).