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Dr Carolina Vasilikou

Vasilikou C staff profile photo 2018
  • To develop the curriculum for an integrated design approach of Construction & Technology modules across years
  • To teach design studio
  • To co-design the research agenda of the School of Architecture, as part of the Urban Living Research Centre (School of the Built Environment)
  • Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Research projects

  • 2016 – EU COFUND/BEWARE Research Grant (ComfortClimates Project), Laboratoire Architecture et Climat, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • 2016 – Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, Cultural Engagement Fund, University of Kent
  • 2015 – Travel Scholarship – Croucher Advanced Study Institute – The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • 2014–2015 – Short Term Scientific Mission EU COST Action TU1204 People-Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World, Dublin-Lucca.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Sustainable Architecture, University of Kent
  • MSc in Façade Engineering, University of Bath
  • MArch in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens
  • EU Chartered Architect

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of Arts and Humanities Reseaech Council (AHRC) Sensory Cities Network.
  • Member of Outdoor Thermal Comfort Working Group – International Association for Urban Climate
  • Member of City Sounding Board Working Group of the EU-COST Action People-Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World
  • Senior Associate at Urban Transcripts and member of the Editorial Board of the new Urban Transcripts Journal.
  • Member of the Pedestrian Urban Mobility Group (Labex Futurs MUP, Universite Paris-Est)

Selected publications

New Publications

Authored book chapters

  • Carolina Vasilikou (2017), The doors of dynamic thermal perception: towards environmental quality in urban design. In: Xiao J. & Aletta F. (eds.), Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design, IGI Global, Penssylvania, USA.
  • Vasilikou C. & Nikolopoulou M. (2014). Degrees of environmental diversity for pedestrian thermal comfort in the urban continuum, a new methodological approach. In: Edgerton E., Romice O. & Thwaites K. (eds.), Bridging the boundaries: Human experience in the natural and built environment and implications for research, policy and practice, Hogrefe Publishing, Gottingen.

Authored books

  • Carolina Vasilikou and Manila Castoro (eds), Essays on cultural localities and political narratives in emerging art and urban space. (McFarland Publishing, 2017).

Selected conference proceedings

  • Carolina Vasilikou (2017), Thermal Perception and Experience of the Sensory Environment: a conception tool for including thermal and sensory comfort studies in urban and environmental design processes. In: Proceedings of Between data and senses, Architecture, Neuriscience and the Digital Worlds International Conference, London, 23-24 March 2017.
  • Carolina Vasilikou (2016), Sensory Navigation in the City Centre. Perceptual paths, sense walks and interactive atmospheres. In: N. Remy & N. Tixier. Ambiances, tomorrow. Proceedings of 3rd International Congress on Ambiances. Sep 2016, Volos, Greece. International Network Ambiances ; University of Thessaly, vol. 1, p. 559–564, 2016. <hal-01414151>.
  • Carolina Vasilikou & Marialena Nikolopoulou (2015), Thermal perception of pedestrians moving in interconnected urban spaces: adaptive thermal comfort in irregular spatial sequences in Rome and London. In: Proceedings of 31th International PLEA Conference ARCHITECTURE IN (R)EVOLUTION, Bologna, Italy 9-11 September 2015. [with Prof M Nikolopoulou, University of Kent] - Best Paper Nomination.
  • Carolina Vasilikou & Teresa Tourvas (2015), City Sounding Board, empowering public participation in a data rich world. In: Proceedings of Design, Social Media and Technology to Foster Civic Self-Organisation, Hasselt, Belgium 21-22 May 2015.
  • Carolina Vasilikou (2013), Thermal Walks: Identifying pedestrian thermal comfort variations in the urban continuum of historic city centres. In: Proceeding of PLEA2013 - 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany 10-12 September 2013.

Technical reports

  • Vasilikou C.(2016). Sensory Navigation in the Canterbury Journey. AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund Final Report.
  • Vasilikou C., Romero C. M., & Causer S. (2016). Architectural Digital Activism: the citizen's regeneration plan of Margate. Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.8 (July).
  • Vasilikou C. (2016). Collaborating for Inclusive Design: Twenty Four Hour Universal Design Hackathon in Dublin: 24HrUDHack: the Challenge. STSM Final Report. COST Action TU1204 people Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World.</hal-01414151>

Career path

Carolina studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and was awarded a Master of Science in Façade Engineering from the University of Bath. In 2011, she was appointed Associate Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Kent, where she gave lectures and taught design studio and environmental design. With a four-year scholarship from the Academy of Athens she pursued doctoral research in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent, and was awarded her PhD in 2015.


Since then, Carolina co-developed a series of postdoctoral projects with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Communities and Culture Network+ (CCN+) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) on the projects 'Sensory Navigation in the Canterbury Journey – Canterbury Cathedral (2016)', 'Architectural Digital Activism: the coastal front of Margate and Cliftonville (2015–2016)', 'Sensory Navigation in a Heritage City (2015 - 2016)' and forged a research collaboration with the Laboratoire Architecture et Climat, at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.


Carolina organised interdisciplinary conferences and was invited to give lectures at, among others, the Architectural Association, ENSA Paris-Malaquais, Université Paris-Est and the University of Bath. In parallel to her academic work and research, she worked as project architect and is currently Senior Associate at the nonprofit organisation Urban Transcripts in London.


Her research focuses on perception-driven and evidence-based design in urban spaces, particularly in historic city centres. Her doctoral research focused on outdoor thermal comfort, pedestrian movement and complex urban morphology. The project investigated dynamic thermal comfort and the variation of thermal perception in spatial sequences, based on primary fieldwork in Rome, London and Paris. She developed a new methodological tool – the thermal walks – which is based on community participation and the juxtaposition of both subjective and objective data collection through combined environmental and human monitoring outdoors. In February 2014, Carolina was invited as a visiting researcher at l'Ecole d'Architecture ENSA Paris-Malaquais to apply her methodology in an interdisciplinary project, commissioned by the city of Paris. She went on to further develop the application of this tool to multi-sensory analysis of outdoor urban spaces and she currently works on city multi-sensory mapping and environmental quality outdoors, based on community engagement.


Carolina is particularly interested in research projects that bring together the detailed study of environmental quality and well-being outdoors. Her current project 'Comfort Climates' investigates the way monitored environmental and human data may provide a better understanding of the comfort state and well-being of users, with applications in both outdoor and indoor environments.