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  • PgDip Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA Part 3)
    RIBA North West  |  
    2019 - 2021

  • MArch Architecture (RIBA Part 2)
    University of Manchester  |  
    2016 - 2018 

  • BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1)
    University of Manchester  |  2011 - 2014 



  • Cert. Environmental Psychology 
    Cornell University  |  2021 - 2021 

  • MSc Psychology (BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership)
    Manchester Metropolitan University  |  2018 - 2020 

  • Cert. Counselling Skills (BACP Level 2)
    Manchester College  |  2015 - 2016  


  • Translating research to practice: Evidence-based Design for Workplaces and Offices of the Future. (2022) Workplace Trends Conference Article.

  • Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Design Guidelines For ASD-friendly Post-pandemic Workplace Environments. (2021) Design Guidelines Document. Cornell University.

  • Interpersonal Space in Corporate Office Environments: Effects of Personality and Gender. (2020) MSc Thesis. Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Towards a person-centred approach to architectural workspace design: A study of UK university workspaces and the development of a spatial psychometric scale. (2018) MArch Thesis. The University of Manchester.



  • Architect + Design Researcher 
    |  2018 - present

  • Architectural Assistant + 3D Visualiser 
    Bridge Architects  |  2015 - 2016

  • Architectural Assistant
    Atkins  |  2014 - 2015



  • Advanced Digital Design Sessional Lecturer
    Manchester School of Architecture  |  2020 - 2021

  • Academic Teaching Assistant 
    Manchester School of Architecture  |  2016 - 2018

Professional Affiliations 


  • Architects Registration Board (ARB) | Chartered Member 

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) | Graduate Member 

Organisations + Specialist Groups 

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 34: Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology Member

  • International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) | Member

  • Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) | Member

  • Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers in Psychology (BPS) | Member 

  • Women in Architecture UK (WiA) Mentor 

  • Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA England) Mental Health First Aider

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Bridging the gap between research and practice over the past 6+ years, I have been involved with projects across multiple design stages and sectors, including Workplace, Aviation, Civic, and Education. Working both as a designer and as part of a research team has given me the opportunity to directly translate research insights into actionable strategies and guidelines implemented in the context of evidence-based design.


This experience ranges across design for wellbeing, statistical data analysis and reporting, simulation, stakeholder engagement, pre/post-occupancy evaluation, research design, and management of original studies utilising quantitative and mixed-method approaches. Recent projects include the design and construction of post-pandemic offices, an original study which utilises virtual simulation to understand task-based spatial preferences in the workplace in relation to personality, working with academic partners to inform workplace design frameworks, and developing a toolkit for engaging Mainstream and SEND school students into the process of POE.

As the contemporary practice of architecture continues to face complex challenges, there is an increasing need to adopt insights and methods from various branches of science to achieve a more holistic understanding of building performance from an interdisciplinary perspective.



My name is Archontia.

I am a chartered Architect and interdisciplinary Design Researcher specialising in applied research and digital tool development, with a focus on applications of psychology for real and simulated environments.

Archontia Manolakelli - Architect + Design Researcher

As a result, an in-depth understanding of end-users and their requirements, both project-specific and universal, can greatly assist architects in designing more comfortable, inclusive and sustainable places grounded in evidence.In response to this challenge, my approach takes place in the intersection between human experience, digital technologies and sustainable development. 


This perspective is informed by my masters studies in Psychology, and Architecture where I specialised in environmental psychology and computational tool development for sustainable urbanism. During these studies and subsequent short courses, I explored human-environment relationships from different disciplinary viewpoints, through fundamental research on spatial preferences in relation to personality in university workspaces, personal space as a function of contextual and interpersonal influences, neurodiversity requirements for post-pandemic offices, and design strategies that utilise digital tools, virtual simulation and sensor technology to assess the effects of green spaces on environmental factors and human comfort.

If you would like to know more about this interdisciplinary journey please visit my blog at for articles on the intersections between Architecture and Psychology.

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