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By on December 15, 2015

Name of university

University of Cyprus

Department of Architecture

University House “Anastasios G. Leventis”
1 Panepistimiou Avenue
2109 Aglantzia, Nicosia
P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

+357 22894000

Official Focal Point
Dr. Nadia Charalambous

Alternate Focal Point
Ilaria Geddes

Signee, Expression of Interest
Professor Constantinos Christophides -Rector of the University of Cyprus




The University of Cyprus is a vigorous community of scholars engaged in the generation and diffusion of knowledge. The main objectives of the University are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. In this context, the University sets high standards for all branches of scholarship. Research is promoted and funded in all departments for its contribution to scholarship in general and for its local and international applications.

The Department of Architecture (ARCH) is one of the four departments of the School of Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Considering that design is the common factor in all conceptual or other subdivisions or categories, the four basic areas of study are: architectural theory and history, architectural communication media, architectural technology and urban design. Central to the Department’s philosophy and reflected in the program of studies is the concept of integrated design which stresses the necessity of a balanced focus on the various aspects of architecture which make it the complex and fascinating field that it is. The challenges for both the discipline and the profession are many and diverse but they could perhaps be summed up thus: to preserve the past, accommodate the present and plan for the future; to allow for the cultural while respecting the natural, to identify the local within the global, to allow for differences and bring out the similarities, to be innovative, to create. The Department of Architecture consequently has an important role to play in producing architectural skills and knowledge through research, in providing high quality education and in helping the much needed dialogue among the parties, directly or indirectly involved in its production; academia, the architectural community, other professionals and the community. The Department has been collaborating with international organizations (Docomomo, ISUF, ENHR, ICOMOS, UNDP, etc) for research and policies in relation to urban regeneration, urban conflicts, inequalities and segregation, housing and other relevant issues.

The Urban Conflicts and Segregation Research group (UCS) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers based in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus. Underpinning research, pedagogic and professional activities of the group is a continuous interest in the spatial dimensions of social phenomena such as urban conflicts, inequalities and segregation in cities. UCS aims to create the conditions for an integrated, shared framework of different methodological approaches to segregation and conflicts research which take account of the physical, social and policy context. Our goal is to facilitate a more nuanced understanding of the diachronic relationship between conflict and segregation-led spatial changes and social outcomes, meaningful to everyday design and planning decision-making.

Potential Collaboration Opportunities

Our Department and UCS (Urban Conflicts and Segregation Research group) are interested to develop a long-term collaboration with UN-Habitat on joint research projects, the creation of a new thematic hub, workshops or trainings, in a transdisciplinary environment involving relevant stakeholders from academia, the profession and the community.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Social Inclusion
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Housing
  • Environment