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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


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