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Dr Ersi Ioannidou

Senior Lecturer / PGR Student Director


I am a design educator and researcher.

I joined Kingston School of Art in 2014, having previously taught Architectural 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 pursue my research through an interaction of design and text and simultaneously investigate how this interaction produces new forms of developing and presenting research in design. 

Areas of specialism

  • The house and the home in modern urban environments; the minimum house; the minimum dwelling.
  • The machine as design paradigm; the actual and metaphorical mechanisation of the house
  • Modernist Japanese architecture; Japanese housing; Metabolism

Courses taught



  • 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


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: 12.


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

Book Section

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, 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 (2016) The Time House. In: Design History Society Conference 2016; 8-10 September 2016, Middlesex University London. (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 (2009) The minimum home. In: Occupation: negotiations with constructed space; 2-14 July 2009, Brighton.

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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