Dr Ersi Ioannidou


I am a design educator and researcher. 

Currently, I am Senior Lecturer in Interior Design and Post-Graduate Student Director for the Design School. Previously I have taught architecture and interior design in my native Greece and the UK, including at the Technical University of Crete, Athens National Technical University, Central Saint Martins, University for the Creative Arts and University of Brighton.

I hold a Diploma in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and a MArch and a PhD by design from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

I pursue my research through an interaction of design and text and at the same time investigate how this interaction produces new forms of developing and presenting research in design. My research deals with the machine as design paradigm in 20th century domestic architecture. My research interests include: the meaning of the house and home in modern urban environments; the definition of the minimum in mass-produced housing; and the idea of function. My recent work, reflecting my fascination with space travel, explores real and fictional space interiors; utopian domestic architecture of the 1960s and 1970s; and interiors in science fiction film.

I welcome text-based and practice-based PhD research projects in the fields of Architecture and Interior Design.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer / PGR Student Director


  • PhD by Design, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
  • MArch, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
  • Diploma in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


My research is primarily concerned with the modern meaning of the minimum dwelling in urban environments. This meaning has been largely shaped by two interconnected developments. First, the definition of the modern urban house as the space of the private par excellence and the subsequent creation of the home as a personal project. Second, the advance of the machine as a means of production and as a design paradigm which led to the metaphorical and actual mechanisation and miniaturisation of the house.  My stand is optimistic and ludite in character. Opposing the belief that the experience of the home is impossible in modern urban environment, my research examines how the current economic, cultural, technological and social conditions redefine the meaning of the home and the role of the house - once again. My research particularly focuses on the minimum means that help the individual create a sense of at home in transit - what I call the minimum home. 

Research student supervision


Number of items: 22.


Ioannidou, Ersi (2024) The Time House : between cybernetics and phenomenology. Achitecture_MPS, 27(1), ISSN (online) 2050-9006

Ioannidou, Ersi (2020) Home no.7 (a sample of). Interiors : Design / Architecture / Culture, ISSN (print) 2041-9112 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2019) Book Review of: 'Thinking home : interdisciplinary dialogues' by Sanja Bahun and Bojana Petric (eds.). Home Cultures : The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space, 16(2), pp. 157-161. ISSN (print) 1740-6315

Ioannidou, Ersi (2015) The house of multiple dimensions : design referencing as creative practice. Drawing On : Journal of Architectural Research by Design, 1, pp. 61-75. ISSN (online) 2059-9978


Sparke, Penelope , Kirkham, Patricia , Scholze, Jana , Knott, Stephen and Ioannidou, Ersi, eds. (2023) Interiors in the era of Covid-19 : interior design between the public and private realms. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 312p. ISBN 9781350294219 (In Press)

Book Section

Ioannidou, Ersi (2021) Cosmic heterotopia : banality and disjunction in the interiors of 'Passengers'. In: Kirkham, Pat and Lichtman, Sarah A., (eds.) Screen interiors: from country houses to cosmic heterotopias. London : Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350150584

Ioannidou, Ersi (2011) Structuralism and metabolism. In: Valena, Tomas, (ed.) Structuralism reloaded : rule-based design in architecture and urbanism. Stuttgart, Germany : Edition Axel Menges. pp. 222-227. ISBN 9783936681475

Ioannidou, Ersi (2010) Humanist machines : Daniel Libeskind’s "Three Lessons in Architecture". In: Bandyopadhyay, Soumyen , Lomholt, Jane , Temple, Nicholas and Tobe, Renee, (eds.) The humanities in architectural design : a contemporary and historical perspective. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 81-90. ISBN 9780415551144

Conference or Workshop Item

Ioannidou, E. (2022) The Time House. In: Representing Pasts : Visioning Futures; 01-03 Dec 2022, Held online. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2022) Cosmic heterotopias. In: Ethnographies of outer space; 1-2 Sep 2022, Trento, Italy.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2019) ”just-enough otherness”: the use of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Inception and Passengers. In: Association for Art History Annual Conference; 4-6 April 2019, Brighton University & University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2018) Interstellar arks. In: Design and Displacement : Design History Society Annual Conference; 06 - 08 Sep 2018, New York, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2017) Daniel Libeskind's three lessons in architecture : an allegory on the tools of the (post-) modern architect. In: The Tools of the Architect : EAHN Conference; 22 – 24 Nov 2017, Delft and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2016) The Time House. In: Design History Society Conference 2016; 8-10 September 2016, Middlesex University London. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2016) Metabolism : the last modernist utopia. In: Modern Interiors Research Centre Research Symposium 2016; 18-19 Jan 2016, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2015) House of Multiple Dimensions. In: PhD by Design 2015 Conference: Research Across Difference; 5-6 Nov 2015, Goldsmiths University, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2015) Metabolism : the last modernist utopia. In: "How We Live, and How We Might Live": Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism; 11-13 Sep 2015, San Francisco, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2013) House of Multiple Dimensions. In: Plenitude and Emptiness : A Symposium on Architectural Research by Design; 04-06 Oct 2013, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2009) Structuralism and metabolism. In: Structuralism in Architecture & Urbanism RELOADED; 19-22 Nov 2009, Munich, Germany. (Unpublished)

Ioannidou, Ersi (2009) The minimum home. In: OCCUPATION : Negotiations with Constructed Space; 02 - 04 Jul 2009, Brighton, U.K..

Ioannidou, Ersi (2007) The one-room mansion, Tokyo. In: CSAAR2007 : The Second International Conference of the Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region; 13-15 Nov 2007, Tunis, Tunisia.


Ioannidou, Ersi (2007) The (Existez-) minimum dwelling. (PhD thesis), UCL, .

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