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School of the Built Environment

Dr Athena Moustaka

Lecturer in Architecture


I joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Architectural Design in April 2015.

Being originally trained as an engineer, and currently researching in the field of architectural theory, I always endeavour to reconcile my strong technical and on-site experience with my theoretical architectural interests in my teaching, research and architectural work. My current inter-disciplinary research on concrete sits on the cusp of architecture and philosophy. Prior to turning my research focus on concrete, my interests revolved around the role of architecture in Science and Technology Studies and Ottoman architecture.

Having worked professionally as an architect, I have experience in managing medium to large scale projects (with budgets up to 5.7 million euros), and on-site design implementation


Over the past 5 years I have led and co-taught on the following programmes:


BSc Architecture and BSc Architectural Engineering:

Level 4: Design Representation and Modelling (studio coordinator)

Level 4: Design Studio 1A

Level 4: Design Studio 1B (studio coordinator)


MArch in Architecture:

Level 7: Performative Technologies/Material Matters (year 5 studio coordinator)


BSc Architectural Design and Technology:

Level 4: BIM Design Studio 1 (studio coordinator) Level 5: Design Studies 1 (studio coordinator) Level 6: Discipline Research Project


BSc Quantity Surveying, BSc Building Surveying and BSc Construction Project Management:

Level 4 Technology 1

Level 5: Design Studies 1 (History of Architecture and Design) Level 5 Multidisciplinary Project 2


MSc Dissertation Supervision (Level 7) PhD Methods


Research Postgraduate Training (Level 8)

Assemblage theory

Actor Network theory methodologies

Viva: the final chapter of your PhD

Research Interests

Athena welcomes PhD proposal applications in the following fields:

Studies of concrete, brutalism, materialisms/material ontologies, material politics, affect, assemblage theory, Actor Network Theory in architecture, architectural ethnographies, feminist production of space/ gender, and theories of digital production of design.

Qualifications and Memberships

RIBA- Royal Institute of British Architects

ARB- Architects Registration Board

PhD in Architecture, University of Manchester 2016

Thesis title: “The networks of concrete: Tracing materiality in the redevelopment of Park Hill”

MArch  in Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings, Welsh School of Architecture

BEng in Architectural Engineering, Cardiff University



•  Moustaka, A., (2019), Re-scripting the streets in the sky: shifts in the typology of a listed building in Park Hill, Sheffield. In: Type-Prototype-Archetype: International Journal of Architectural Theory Cloud Cuckoo Land, vol.23, Iss.38. ISSN 1434 - 0984

•  Moustaka, A., (2018) 'Reterritorializing concrete as an actor of comfort’. In:  Boundas, C., Tentokali, V., (eds.) Architectural and Urban reflections after Deleuze and Guattari, London: Rowman and Littlefield.

•  Theodoridou-Sotiriou, M. E., Moustaka-Kampouri, A., (2013) The tobacco firms and their administration offi ces in Cavalla during the first half of the 20th century: the dissemination of the Austro-Hungarian and Swedish architectural style, in: Proceedings of the 2nd annual Athens- Kavala conference in Science and Technology studies, July 2013, Kavalla, Greece.

•  Moustaka, A., Smith, A. J. and Akintoye, A., (2012) Towards an anthropocentric approach in sustainability research, in: Proceedings of the 11th European Facilities Management Research Symposium, May 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.

•  Smith, A. J. and Moustaka, A., (2012) Neuroscience: an emerging field in facilities management? Essential Facilities Management Report, 99. pp. 4-5. ISSN 1471-9835.

•  Theodoridou-Sotiriou M.E., Moustaka-Kampouri, A.,(2012) Ottoman Municipal Buildings in Greece. A common cultural heritage, in: Proceedings of the International Conference on History of Architecture (ARCHHIST ’12), May 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.

ttoman Municipal Buildings in Greece. A common cultural heritage, in: Proceedings of the International Conference on History of Architecture (ARCHHIST ’12), May 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference presentations:

•   Moustaka, A., Tracing Comfort through the Technical Agencies of Concrete: The 6th  International Conference on the Constructed Environment, April 2016, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, USA

• Moustaka A., De-territorialised networks of concrete: Deleuze and Guattari Conference, Refrains of Freedom, April 2015, Athens, Greece.

•  Moustaka A., Following the agency of spalling concrete: Arquitectonics Network: Architecture, education and society, June 2015, College of Architects of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

•  Moustaka, A., “Will U Marry me”, Traces of the everyday on the concrete of Park Hill: PhD Conference, November 2013, Manchester, UK.

•  Moustaka, A., The tobacco firms and their administration offi ces in Cavalla during the first half of the 20th century: Presentation at the 2nd annual Athens- Kavala conference in Science and Technology studies, July 2013, Kavalla, Greece