PANAYIOTA PYLA / BIO

 

Panayiota Pyla (Ph.D., Μassachusetts Institute of Technology) is an architectural historian and theorist, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Cyprus, where she also directs Mesarch, a research lab focusing on the history and theory of modern architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean (http://mesarch.ucy.ac.cy). Between 2002 and 2006, she served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in 2004 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Design School. Among her works is the edited volume, Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization Discourses on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterranean. (Harvard University, 2013); the Journal of Architectural Education article “Crisis Spins” (2015); and the Architectural Theory Review article “The Varosha beachfront then and now: leisure aesthetics, heritage politics and contested futures (2020, co-authored with P. Phokaides). Her article, “Ηassan Fathy Revisited: Postwar Discourses in Science, Development, and Vernacular Architecture,” in the JAE received the best article award (2007). She served on the editorial board of Architectural Histories, and the Journal of Planning History, and in 2017, she co-organized (with A. Nitzan-Shiftan) the Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network, titled “Histories in Conflict: Cities, Buildings, Landscapes”.

CURRENT POSITIONS

University of Cyprus (UCY), Nicosia, Cyprus

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, October 2012-present.

Vice-Dean, Graduate School, January 2021-present

Coordinator, Mesarch Lab: Research Laboratory on the History and Theory of Modern Architecture, Department of Architecture, August 2010-present.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

University of Cyprus (UCY), Nicosia, Cyprus

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture, January 2013-January 2015.

Vice-Chair, Department of Architecture, January 2015-2017.

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, November 2006-September 2012

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Champaign, IL, USA

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, August 2002-November 2006.

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Art History August 2004-November 2006.

Visiting Design Instructor, School of Architecture, January-May 2002.

 

Harvard Design School, Cambridge, MA, USA

Visiting Associate, Aga Khan Program of Activities in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, September 2003-May 2004.

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

Recitation Instructor, School of Architecture and Planning, January-May 1998.

Graduate Teaching Assistant & Research Assistant, School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge, MA, September 1993-May 1994 & September 1995-May 1997.

 

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), Cairo, Egypt

Research Fellow, September 1998-April 1999.

 

Miller Dyer Spears Architects and Planners, Inc., Boston, MA, USA

Designer, August 1994-May 1995.

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA
Visiting Design Instructor, School of Architecture, September 1991-May 1992.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Research and Innovation Foundation (Cyprus) [co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus]

Excellence Hubs, Pillar II: Sustainable RTDI System

P. Pyla as project leader, “Landscapes of Leisure and Politics: The Architectural History of Tourism and Conflict in Cyprus—Leisurescapes.” Collaborators: Sibel Bozdoğan; Alona Nitzan-Shiftan. (Dec. 1, 2018-Nov. 30, 2021).

 

Research and Innovation Foundation (Cyprus) [co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus]

Dual Partnership Grant

P. Pyla as project leader, “Landscapes of Tourism in Cyprus and Bali: Architectural, Social and Environmental dimensions—CyBaliScapes.” Collaborator: Jiat-Hwee Chang. (Dec. 28, 2018-June. 27, 2021).

 

Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation Postdoc Research Grant (Greece)

P. Pyla as leader of University of Cyprus team, “Antiparochi and (its) architects: Histories of social forces, spatial politics and the architectural profession in Greece, 1929-74.” [Host Institute: National Technical University of Athens, Project leader: Konstantina Kalfa]. (2018-2021).

Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus), [co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus]

Programs for Research, Technological Development and Innovation, 'Restart 2016-2020', Pillar I: Smart Growth, International Collaborations- Dual Targeting Grant, International/ USA/ 0118/0042.

P. Pyla as project leader, "Architectures of Tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean: Social, Political and Environmental Perspectives." Collaborator: Boston University. (2018-2020). [Ranked as 'eligible for funding' if funds were available].

 

Onisillos Funding Scheme for Postdoctoral Researchers (University of Cyprus)

P. Pyla as supervisor, for Principal Investigator Serkan Karas, “Enacting the Industrialization of Tourism: Water-management and Electricity Supply Infrastructures in Cyprus, 1974-2017.” (September 2020-September 2022).

Hersus (Erasmus + Program of the European Union)

P. Pyla as member of University of Cyprus team, “Enhancing of Heritage Awareness and Sustainability of Built Environment in Architectural and Urban Design Higher Education.” [Host Institute: University of Belgrade; other affiliates: IUAV Di Venezia, Italy; Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessaloniki, Greece]. (2020-2023).

FUNDED RESEARCH - recent

Research and Innovation Foundation (Cyprus) [co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus]

Excellence Hubs, Pillar II: Sustainable RTDI System

P. Pyla as project leader, “Landscapes of Leisure and Politics: The Architectural History of Tourism and Conflict in Cyprus—Leisurescapes.” Collaborators: Sibel Bozdoğan; Alona Nitzan-Shiftan. (Dec. 1, 2018-Nov. 30, 2021).

 

Research and Innovation Foundation (Cyprus) [co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus]

Dual Partnership Grant

P. Pyla as project leader, “Landscapes of Tourism in Cyprus and Bali: Architectural, Social and Environmental dimensions—CyBaliScapes.” Collaborator: Jiat-Hwee Chang. (Dec. 28, 2018-June. 27, 2021).

 

Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation Postdoc Research Grant (Greece)

P. Pyla as leader of University of Cyprus team, “Antiparochi and (its) architects: Histories of social forces, spatial politics and the architectural profession in Greece, 1929-74.” [Host Institute: National Technical University of Athens, Project leader: Konstantina Kalfa]. (2018-2021).

Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus), [co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus]

Programs for Research, Technological Development and Innovation, 'Restart 2016-2020', Pillar I: Smart Growth, International Collaborations- Dual Targeting Grant, International/ USA/ 0118/0042.

P. Pyla as project leader, "Architectures of Tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean: Social, Political and Environmental Perspectives." Collaborator: Boston University. (2018-2020). [Ranked as 'eligible for funding' if funds were available].

 

Onisillos Funding Scheme for Postdoctoral Researchers (University of Cyprus)

P. Pyla as supervisor, for Principal Investigator Serkan Karas, “Enacting the Industrialization of Tourism: Water-management and Electricity Supply Infrastructures in Cyprus, 1974-2017.” (September 2020-September 2022).

Hersus (Erasmus + Program of the European Union)

P. Pyla as member of University of Cyprus team, “Enhancing of Heritage Awareness and Sustainability of Built Environment in Architectural and Urban Design Higher Education.” [Host Institute: University of Belgrade; other affiliates: IUAV Di Venezia, Italy; Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessaloniki, Greece]. (2020-2023).