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
Atkins | 2018 - present
Architectural Assistant + 3D Visualiser
Bridge Architects | 2015 - 2016
Atkins | 2014 - 2015
Advanced Digital Design Sessional Lecturer
Manchester School of Architecture | 2020 - 2021
Academic Teaching Assistant
Manchester School of Architecture | 2016 - 2018
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
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 www.archpsych.co.uk for articles on the intersections between Architecture and Psychology.