Andreas L Savvides
Spyros Th. Spyrou
Teresa Tourvas


The value of public spaces and their social function in cities has been the source of numerous writings. The questions posed in our undergraduate architecture studio at the University of Cyprus are: “What core design aspects create successful public places, and how do they constitute conscious design processes?” and “What are core values that create successful public places and how are they consciously integrated in a design process?”. This paper will attempt to address the topic of spatial publicness within a framework of translating observations of the above into design strategies and tools. These aspects have formulated the basis for recent design briefs, tested within an architectural studio context from 2nd year coursework, while at the same time being translated into transferable values, such as diagnostic and synthetic tools, appropriate for an undergraduate architectural studio. They formulate the basis of an ongoing research project tested within the studio context and utilizing case studies from the output of students’ work to draw conclusions that guide the pedagogical approach.


How to Cite
Savvides, A. L., Spyrou, S. T. and Tourvas, T. (2023) “Discovering and Mapping Aspects of Spatial Publicness: Observations from an Undergraduate Architecture Studio in Cyprus”, The Journal of Public Space, 8(3), pp. 61–78. doi: 10.32891/jps.v8i3.1268.
Author Biographies

Andreas L Savvides, University of Cyprus

Andreas Savvides is a member of the faculty in the School of Engineering at the University of Cyprus (UCy) and he is a registered architect and city planner. He has practiced as part of interdisciplinary design teams working on institutional projects. He teaches, amongst others, design studios and workshops in interdisciplinary design and integrated project delivery. His research interests are in sustainable development practices leading to the densification and regeneration of underperforming and underutilized urban cores. He looks at both the environmental and the cultural factors pertaining to sustainable urban design, oftentimes with a focus on socially-minded housing and transit oriented development.

Spyros Th. Spyrou, University of Cyprus

Spyros Th. Spyrou is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus, wherein he has taught Second Year Architectural Design studios for a number of years. He also teaches additional architectural coursework and is engaged in research at the University of Nicosia. He has graduated from architecture schools in the United Kingdom. He is currently a PhD candidate at the NTUA. He is the co-Founder and Director of the award-winning design practice NOA Architects. He co-curated the National Participation of Cyprus entitled “Revisit” at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, 2012. Since 2013 he is a founding member and editor in chief of the CY-ARCH (www.cy-arch.com) an online Architectural Review Magazine of Contemporary Cypriot Architecture. In 2022 he was honored with the STATE ARCHITECTURE AWARD for the Project Mono-Polykatoikia ‘UNIQUE’.

Teresa Tourvas, University of Cyprus

Teresa completed her Graduate studies in Architecture at MIT and her Bachelors at Nottingham Trent University. As a practising architect and Adjunct Lecturer, she has been researching the notion of collaboration and urban dynamics in relation to the design and understanding of public space. This has led in developing design methodologies which concern dynamic and collaborative processes in design teaching. Research projects she has been involved in focus on the role of public space and Social sustainability with projects in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Lebanon, Italy, Japan, and Bhutan. Since 2009, she has taught courses and workshops in Universities in Cyprus, Greece, Bhutan and Lebanon. In 2014 she established the series of Workshops called Syndishies, focused on learning through making, developing 1:1 interventions using low tech fabrication methods in public spaces in rural villages in Cyprus. As a practicing Architect she has worked in Paris, Boston and Cyprus. In 2004 she established her own practice in Nicosia, with a large number of completed projects.


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