Dr Falli Palaiologou

DipArchEng MSc PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Urban Design

Research and expertise

My background is in architecture and my research focuses on the urban design and city scales. My primary research domain is urban morphology, the study of urban form, through analytical approaches using spatial and empirical data. I am an expert in space syntax methodologies, having spent seven years in the UCL Space Syntax Laboratory for my doctoral and post-doctoral research, funded by EPSRC. I conduct research on sustainable urban transformations, focusing on urban streets and sidewalks, street liveability, placemaking and urban regeneration, temporary cities, the architecture of the ordinary, historical urban landscapes and sustainable urban heritage. I have presented my work in over a dozen conferences as well as in prestigious public venues such as the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2017, under the patronage of UNESCO, I led the organisation of HUL Forum, an international networking initiative on the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach. 

I am involved in several PhD supervisions in the Architecture Research Group on the topics of urban heritage and sustainable urban development; Ekistics and sustainable urbanism; urban morphology and green infrastructure; space syntax and disaster risk management. In addition, I conduct research in collaboration with the ABCE Transport Research Group on urban interventions for kerbspace in public spaces, funded by InnovateUK.

Current research activity

  • HOME Centre for Doctoral Training (Loughborough University funded CDT) https://meaningofhome.uk/
  • VPACH2: Virgin Park and Charge 2 (InnovateUK: Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: real-world demonstrators)

Recently completed research projects 

Recent publications

  • Enoch, M, Monsuur, F, Palaiologou, G, Quddus, M, Ellis-Chadwick, F, Morton, C, Rayner, R (2021) When COVID-19 came to town: Measuring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on footfall on six high streets in England, Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, ISSN: 2399-8083. DOI: 10.1177/23998083211048497.
  • Gutai, M and Palaiologou, G (2021) Pavilions in Architecture Studio—Assessment of Design-Build Approach in Architecture Education, Architecture, 1(1), pp.38-55, DOI: 10.3390/architecture1010005.
  • Palaiologou, G, Larimian, T, Vaughan, L (2020) The use of morphological description in neighbourhood planning: Form-based assessment of physical character and design rules, Journal of Urbanism: international research on placemaking and urban sustainability, 14(4), pp.490-514, ISSN: 1754-9175. DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2020.1834434.
  • Larimian, T, Freeman, C, Palaiologou, F, Sadeghi, N (2020) Urban social sustainability at the neighbourhood scale: Measurement and the impact of physical and personal factors, Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 25(10), pp.747-764, ISSN: 1354-9839. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2020.1829575.
  • Larimian, T, Sadeghi, A, Palaiologou, G, Schmidt-III, R (2020) Neighbourhood Social Resilience (NSR): Definition, Conceptualisation, and Measurement Scale Development, Sustainability, 12(16), 6363, ISSN: 2071-1050. DOI: 10.3390/su12166363.
  • Astolfo, G, Caceres, R.M, Palaiologou, G, Boano, C and Manley, E, (2020) The role of data collection, mapping and analysis in the reproduction of refugeeness and migration discourses. In Specht, D (Ed) Mapping Crisis: Participation, Datafication and Humanitarianism in the Age of Digital Mapping, pp.119–42. London, UK: University of London Press. Open Access. DOI: 10.14296/920.9781912250387. JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv14rms6g.13
  • Palaiologou, G. and Griffiths, S. (2019). The uses of space syntax historical research for policy development in heritage urbanism. In Obad Šćitaroci, M., Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci, B. and Mrdja, A. (Eds.), Cultural Urban Heritage. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10612-6_2
  • Zaninović, T., Palaiologou, G. & Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci, B. (2019). Walkspace as cultural heritage within urban landscape. In Obad Šćitaroci, M., Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci, B. and Mrdja, A. (Eds.), Cultural Urban Heritage. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10612-6_19
  • Palaiologou, G. and Fouseki, K. (Eds.)(2018). New perspectives in urban heritage - Theory, policy, and practice. In The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice, Vol. 9(3):175-179. https://doi.org/10.1080/17567505.2018.1525949
  • Zaninović, T., Palaiologou, G., Griffiths, S. & Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci, B. (2018), ‘Urban landscape and spatial heritage: the case of gateway-pathways in Zagreb, Croatia.’ In The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice, Vol. 9(3):274-305. https://doi.org/10.1080/17567505.2018.1514568
  • Palaiologou, G. (2017). ‘Urban morphology and World Heritage practice’. In Urban Morphology, Vol. 21(1):3-6.
  • Palaiologou, G. and Fouseki, K. (Eds.)(2017). Historic Urban Landscape Forum. London: The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Available at: http://hulforum.org/proceedings/
  • Palaiologou, G., Griffiths, S. & Vaughan, L. (2016). Reclaiming the virtual community for spatial cultures: Functional generality and cultural specificity at the interface of building and street. In The Journal of Space Syntax, Vol. 7(1):25-54.
  • Palaiologou, G. and Kostourou, F. (2016). Long-term challenges in urban housing: In the search for intersections between design and policy regulations. In Architecture, Media, Politics, Society (Amps) – Future Housing: Global Cities and Regional Problems. June 2016, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Palaiologou, G. (2015). High street transactions and interactions. In Vaughan, L. (Ed.), Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street, pp.175-203. London, UK: UCL Press.
  • Palaiologou, G. and Vaughan, L. (2015). Setting up the metropolis: Unpacking the historical spatial cultures of London and Manhattan. In Karimi, K., Vaughan, L., Sailer, K., Palaiologou, G. and Bolton, T. (2015), Proceedings of the Tenth International Space Syntax Symposium, pp.55:1-18.
  • Palaiologou, G. and Vaughan, L. (2014). The Manhattan row house as an exemplar of urban adaptability: 1874-2011. In Cavallo, R., Komossa, S., Marzot, N., Berghauser Pont, M. and Kuijper, J. (eds.), New Urban Configurations, pp.347-353. Amsterdam: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-365-0-353


I contribute to learning and teaching activities including:


  • Contemporary Cities: Theory and Design, MArch (Year 1), Module Leader
  • Design in Context module, BArch (Year 2), Module Leader  
  • Critical Theory module, BArch (Year 2)
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests


  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests


Current projects 

  • BArch Live Project 2020-22: A new learning space for RAF Feltwell Schools

Recently completed projects

  • BArch Live Project 2019-20: A new learning space for William de Yaxley CE Academy
  • BArch Live Project 2018-19: Discovery Zone for St. Bartholomew’s Primary School in Quorn



I completed my first degree in Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece and went on to study for an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies at The Bartlett, UCL. In 2010, I joined the UCL Space Syntax Laboratory for my doctoral studies in urban morphology, investigating the urban transformations of London terraced houses and Manhattan row houses from the late 19th century till early 21st century. In 2015, I was awarded with an EPSRC Doctoral Prize and continued working as EPSRC Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture in UCL. While in UCL, I assisted in postgraduate teaching for the MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities (The Bartlett, UCL), I was Coordinating Editor for The Journal of Space Syntax, as well as delivered consultancy on character assessment for UK local authorities. I joined Loughborough University as ‘Excellence 100 Lecturer’ in July 2017, to contribute to the development and delivery of the new BArch Architecture programme at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. I became Programme Director for the new MArch Architecture programme in 2021 and Senior Lecturer in Urban Design in February 2022.

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • Architects Registration Board (UK)
  • Technical Chamber of Greece (Greece)


  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Award
  • 2011-2015 EPSRC PhD Studentship

External activities

  • International Coordinator, The Alan Turing Colouring Cities Research Programme https://www.turing.ac.uk/research/research-projects/colouring-london-and-colouring-cities-research-programme
  • Member, Colouring London Historic Environment Advisory Group (CLHEAG)
  • Conference Organising Committee Member, 18th Annual International Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference, London UK, 2021
  • Invited Speaker, Design Research Society (DRS) Festival of Emergence, ‘New Normal’ Seminar, September 2021
  • RIBA Ambassador for the National Schools Programme, since 2021
  • Invited Speaker, UWE Architecture Lecture Series, Bristol, UK, January 2019
  • Invited Speaker, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, January 2019
  • Guest Editor, The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice (2018)
  • Invited Speaker, China-UK Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities Leadership Workshop, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, China, June 2018
  • Invited Speaker, 5th International Biennial Conference of Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, February 2018
  • Conference Organiser, Historic Urban Landscape Forum, London UK, March 2017
  • Invited Speaker, Royal Academy or Arts, RA Lates ‘Manhattan Swing’, October 2016
  • Conference Organising Committee Member, 10th International Space Syntax Symposium, London UK, July 2015
  • Coordinating Editor, The Journal of Space Syntax (2011-2015) 

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • Universities: The Bartlett UCL – Space Syntax Laboratory, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Development Planning Unit, Institute for Sustainable Heritage; University of Zagreb, Croatia; National Technical University of Athens
  • National Institutes and Public Bodies: The Alan Turing Institute, Historic England
  • International organisations: UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Stakeholders: Aldenham Parish Council; St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Quorn; William de Yaxley CE Academy, Peterborough; Meanwhile Space CIC