Dr Maria Yioutani-Iacovides

School of Science, Engineering & Environment

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Contact Details

SEE Building University of Salford, University Rd, Salford M5 4QJ

Current positions



Maria is a Lecturer in Architecture, Program Director of BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering, and FHEA, at the University of Salford. She is an RIBA Chartered Architect (UK), ARB Registered Architect (UK), and Registered Architect in Cyprus (ETEK), and has practical experience as an Architect and Conservation Architect in the UK and Cyprus.
In the UK, Maria worked as an Architect, Conservation Officer, and Conservation Architect (AABC Registered), before pursued an academic career. She worked on projects; conservation, restoration of Grade I, II*, II Listed Buildings, residential, ecclesiastical, Urban Regeneration projects, architectural competitions, etc.
Maria is a member of a number of professional and heritage organizations and an active member of IHBC (NW Branch) Events Committee (since 2010) and RIBA NW (Conservation, Heritage, Sustainability Group).
Maria has presented papers, chaired sessions, in National and International conferences, presented in invited lectures (Universities), workshops, published her work in articles and contributed in book chapters.
In 2021, she participated in a collaborative multidisciplinary research project on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Climate Change (University of Salford, University of Lancaster, CEDARE-Egypt).

Maria's research interests include: Architecture and Heritage (tangible and intangible), Vernacular and Earthen Architecture. Abandoned historic-heritage buildings and settlements, heritage in conflict, recreation-regeneration-reuse of built heritage, Sustainability-Conservation-Built Heritage, High Tech Heritage, AI and Built Heritage, Biophilic Design, Byzantine-Medieval-Neoclassical Architecture, etc.

Areas of Research

Historic Building Conservation, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, Adaptive Reuse-Conservation-Heritage-Sustainability, Earthen Architecture, Endangered Heritage, Heritage in conflict, Vernacular Architecture, Abandoned Vernacular Villages, AI and Heritage, High-Tech Heritage.

Areas of Supervision

Historic Buildings, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, Adaptive reuse & Retrofit, Conservation-Heritage-Sustainability, Earthen & Vernacular Architecture, AI and Heritage, High Tech Heritage


Maria has been teaching (since 2021) as the module leader in 4 programs of Architecture and Design (BSc Architecture, BSc Architectural Engineering, BSc Interior Architecture, BSc Architectural Design Technology) in Trimesters 1 to 3.:
L4 Design Studio 1B
L5 Principles of Sustainable Built Environment
L5 Discipline Project 2
L6 Design Studio 2 (Intervention in the Historic Built environment)
L6 Recreating the City-Reuse and Regeneration (Conservation and Adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, Urban Regeneration)
L6 Environmental Architectural Technology (Sustainable design & Retrofit).

Maria also supervised dissertations:
L6 Design Research Project (Architecture & Design)
L7 MSc In Construction Management (Construction Management)
L7 MArch-Master in Architecture

Maria is interested in working with the university's industrial partners and colleagues, in enhancing students' learning by connecting their assessment tasks to live projects (conservation and restoration of historic buildings, adaptive reuse-retrofit projects, newly built structures and buildings that focus on sustainable design).

Maria was awarded the Fellowship in Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2023.

Qualifications and Recognitions


    2022 - 2023
  • PhD in Architecture

    1998 - 2003
  • MA in Historic Building Conservation

    1994 - 1995
  • Degree in Architectural Engineering

    1984 - 1989