Eva Grigoriadou is founder of URBANA. She studied Architecture at the Technical University of Crete (2013) and later attended the ‘International Cooperation, Sustainable Emergency Architecture’ postgraduate program at the International University of Catalonia (2016). She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete and her research focuses on the analysis of urban planning from a gender perspective, inclusive urban planning practices, and participatory methodologies. She has worked as a researcher in programs of the Municipality of Athens in collaboration with the Technical University of Crete, as well as in European research programs.
Georgia Manousogiannaki is an architect and researcher. She is a member of URBANA where she cooperates in projects of participatory and inclusive urban design. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Crete (TUC) and holds a Master's in International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture from the International University of Catalonia (UIC). Since 2016 she has been a scientific associate at the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete (TUC TIE Lab), with a focus on the fields of Architecture-Education-Technology. She is also interested in natural building and has participated in and organized natural building workshops in Greece and abroad, mainly focusing on construction techniques with earth and wood.
Pinelopi Alexiou is an anthropologist and researcher at URBANA. She has studied Social Anthropology (BSc, Panteion University), History and Philosophy of Science (BSc, NKUA) and Preventive Psychiatry (MSc, Medical School, NKUA). She’s now studying Creative Writing (MA, University of Western Macedonia) and Gender Studies (MA, Hellenic Open University). For many years now, she’s been a volunteer in various local programs (located in Athens, Greece) that raise awareness and provide education for disabilities. Moreover, she has conducted research in adults with mental illnesses, in the spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders, analyzing the need of a holistic healthcare model (including sociological, psychological and biological support for these adult psychiatric patients). Her academic interests focus on disabilities and the accessibility to public spaces through a gender aspect, the forms of inclusivity in certain communities as well as experimental ways of epistemological writing.
Dimitra Axarli is a political scientist and researcher at URBANA. She studied at the University of Piraeus, specialising in European and International Studies, an interdisciplinary diploma with a specialisation in political and social sciences and she is accepted to do her Master’s degree in European Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. Additionally, she holds a degree from the Art School of Gerakas. She has participated in collective house renovation programs as part of the Compagnons Bâtisseurs - Association Nationale NGO in Brest, France. Dimitra focuses on Policy Making with her latest publications being under the Hellenic Association of Political Scientists. Her academic interests focus on public policies, environmental and sustainability matters, social inclusion and urban planning.
Dimitra Gavana, Educator
Eirini Grigoriadou, Architect
John Vgontzas, Artist
Maria Xanthopoulou, Architect
Eva Stamatiou, Architect (February 2022 – May 2022)
Maritina Vlachaki, Social Anthropologist (February 2022 – June 2023)