Penelope Haralambidou is an architect, researcher and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she coordinates the MPhil/PhD Architectural Design and design Unit One. Haralambidou studied architecture engineering at NTU, Athens and her graduating thesis project received a Commendation from the Greek Technical Chamber in 1993 and an Excellence in Design Student Award from the AIA, UK Chapter in 1995. She completed the MArch Architecture Design with Distinction in 1995, and the PhD Architectural Design in 2003, both at the Bartlett, UCL, supported by scholarships from Alexander S. Onassis, IKY foundations and the Maggie Scrutton Award.
Her speculative architectural projects have received prizes in international competitions organised by Europan, 1996, Academy of Architecture Arts & Sciences, 1997, Van Alen Institute, 1998, Shinkenchiku-sha, 1998. Two of these projects, Governor’s Island and Gridiron Memorial, were reworked into digital films and presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000.
Between 1999 and 2004 she was a founding member of Tessera, an interdisciplinary practice involved in experimental design, installation, curating and exhibition design. Tessera’s work was distinguished in architectural competitions, exhibited and published internationally. Notable projects include their installation Drawing Fix, for the Museum of Modern Art in Athens in 2002 and their designs for the exhibitions, Athens-scape: The 2004 Olympics and the Metabolism of the City at the RIBA, London in 2003 and Heart Art Agency’s inaugural New York show at the Art Directors Club, New York in 2003.
As part of the organising team of the research cluster, ‘Spatial Imagination in Design’, funded by the EPSRC and AHRC, Designing for the 21st Century (PI Professor Jane Rendell), 2004–05, she curated and designed the catalogue of the exhibition Spatial Imagination. In her role as Research Associate, 2006–07, she was responsible for developing a new branch of the architecture school’s website dedicated to research and managed the design and presentation of the Architecture Research Group’s Design Portfolios: an innovative part of the highly successful Bartlett RAE 2008 submission. Her current work lies between architectural design, art practice and curating, experimental film and critical theory and has been published and exhibited internationally. She is the author and editor of The Blossoming of Perspective: A Study (DomoBaal Editions, 2007) and has contributed writing on themes such allegory, figural theory and stereoscopy in architecture to a wide range of publications. Her forthcoming book, Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire (Ashgate, 2012) forms part of the Design Research in Architecture series. She is peer reviewer for The Journal of Architecture, 2009– and Architectural Research Quarterly, 2007– , a member of the RIBA Validating Board, 2007– , and external examiner at Westminster University, Central School of Speech and Drama, Architectural Association, UCL, and University of Roehampton. Her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, London Gallery West, Bartlett Architecture Research Fund and Graduate School, UCL, and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President’s Awards for Research in 2008.