School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Georgia Giannopoulou

Degree Programme Director MA Urban Design



I am Greek by nationality and moved to the UK in 2001.
I have qualified as an architect in Greece from NTUA (National Technical University of Athens).
I am registered with the Technical Chamber of Greece, equivalent to RIBA in the UK.
I have proceeded in pursuing an MA in Urban Design in Newcastle University on a Greek scholarship which I obtained with Distinction.
I have been practising Urban Design in Architectural and Planning Practices in the UK since 2002.
Parallel to this I have been tutoring part time in Newcastle University.
I accepted a full time lecturer post in Newcastle University in September 2008.

Roles and Responsibilities

I run and teach in the main 3 design projects in the MA in Urban Design. I am also Degree Programme Director for the MA which means I have many administrative roles. I am in charge of admissions to the course and have the general overview under the guidance of Tim Townshend, now Director of Planning and Urban Design.
I also have a pastoral role with regards to the students in the MA in Urban Design.


BArch - MArch NTUA 2000
MA Urban Design 2001

Previous Positions

RyderHKS Urban Designer 2002 - 2003
Llewelyn Davies Urban Designer 2004 - 2007
Tribal Urban Studio Team(former Llwelyn Davies)Senior UD 2007 - 2008


Technical Chamber of Greece 2001

Honours and Awards

Representative of the Urban Design Group for the North East.


Greek Fluent
English Fluent
French Good
Spanish Basic

Informal Interests

Travelling, European cinema, yoga, psychology and latin dancing.


Research Interests

Culture Led Regeneration in Europe
Sustainable Communities

Other Expertise

Residential/Mixed Use Masterplans
Urban Design Training for Councils

Current Work

Comparative Study of Regeneration Practices in the UK and South Europe with Stuart Cameron, looking at issues of Culture Led Regeneration of historic Quarters and it's impact on Authenticity and Gentrification

Future Research

Research through Design : Spindus Project on Transition towns and Quality of Place

Postgraduate Supervision

1 PhD Student in the Role of Urban Design in Regeneration
1 MSc student in Home Zones
1 MSc student in Eco Towns


Postgraduate Teaching

ARC8045 Urban Design Project I
ARC8063 Urban Design Project
ARC8045 European Study Visit
TCP8091 Principles and Practice of Urban Design