Dr. Athena Moustaka

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

New SEE Building - Room 03.22

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Current positions

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

Areas of research

Affect, Concrete, Architectural theory, Neuroarchitecture, Cultural heritage

Areas of supervision

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


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

I am a lecturer in Architectural Design at the University of Salford, passionate about research and teaching.

My current research interests are in two diverse areas: in the fields of Neuroarchitecture and Cultural Heritage.

I have developed a fascination with the potential neuroscience has opened up for architecture and I am interested in supervising PhD research that are seeking to understand how the shift from manual to digital architectural production can affect the cognitive processes of future generations of architects.

In terms of BIM and Cultural Heritage, I am interested to supervise PhD topics that investigate how digital technologies can be implemented in the conservation and documentation of historic urban heritage environments.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 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


  • RIBA- Royal Institute of British Architects
  • ARB- Architects Registration Board