DOMa Summer School 2023


The DOMa Summer School: Archipelago is an international architectural workshop, based in Athens. Τhe locus of Classical culture, and a vibrant capital of the Mediterranean -between Cairo, Istanbul, and Rome- Athens challenges us to imagine a different future for the contemporary metropolis.

By involving acclaimed academics and professionals globally, while triggering the debate locally, the DSS brings the world to Athens and Athens to the world.

Following the direction of the DOMa magazine, which invites established architects and emerging talent to communicate their working process through unpredictable presentations, the DSS aims to enrich architectural education and discourse.

After its successful launch in July 2022, this year the DSS will take place from the 3rd to the 14th of July 2023 in Athens with students and graduates of architecture from all over the world.

The second DOMa Summer School took place July 3 -14. 




The world is getting hotter, and the impacts of rising temperatures are most pronounced in cities. The cumulative impact of decisions in the built environment—such as how to build, what materials to use, and where to preserve open space—have made urban residents increasingly vulnerable to heat. But urban heat is not just a question of comfort. With increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves, city dwellers are experiencing profound impacts on their health, their mobility, and their economic livelihoods.

What are the responsibilities of architects, urban designers, and planners in this crisis? And what agency do they have to act in the long-term and in the short-term? The built environment generates about 40% of annual global CO2 emissions. Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings and urban infrastructure represents one of the highest priorities. At the same time, creative strategies to adapt in everyday life to urban heat are more important than ever.

The immediate, pressing question of adaptation to urban heat in everyday life will serve as the design prompt for the DOMa 2023 Summer School. Over the course of two weeks, participants will engage with experts in a series of talks, walks, and workshops on the topic of urban heat in the public realm. The design focus of the program will be the development of short-term spatial interventions that cool urban space and enhance public life. The culmination of the summer school will be a collaborative design-build of a temporary public space that cools urban inhabitants and introduces a new, fun format for social interaction.


Workshop leader

Georgeen Theodore | INTERBORO Partners

Georgeen Theodore is an architect, urban planner, and professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's College of Architecture and Design.


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Guest Speakers

Martha SchwartzNicolaos Anastasopoulos, Demetra Katsota (Buerger Katsota Architects), Zissis Kotionis, Chrysi Laspidou, Eleni (Lenio) Mirivili, Alcestis Rodi, Dimitris Theodoropoulos (hiboux architecture).



Romantso is situated in the historical center of Athens and functions both as an incubator for start-up companies within the creative industry and as a cultural center, hosting music performances, art exhibitions, theatre, seminars, workshops, presentations and lectures.

The DOMA Summer School 2023 is supported by the European project ARSINOE: Climate Resilient Regions through Systemic Solutions and Innovations and will interact with its scientific expert group on climate adaptation actions that examines Athens as a case study for new urban heat solutions.



Thanassis Manis

Thanassis Manis is an editor at DOMa and an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, Patras University. He holds a Master in Architecture from Columbia University, GSAPP.

Haris Biskos

Haris Biskos is an architect and an international city expert for the EU Commission (European Urban Initiative). He holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (M.Arch II).

Georgios Panetsos (consultant)

Georgios Panetsos is an editor at DOMa and a professor at the Department of Architecture, Patras University where he has served as Chair during 2007-11 and 2015 -2019. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Dutch Institute of Architecture and the German Museum of Architecture among others.



The workshop will be held in English.



DSS participants should bring their own lap-top computers. WLAN is freely available. All applicants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance.

Under the auspices
With the support of

DOMa Summer School 2022

The inaugural DOMa Summer School: Archipelago took place in Athens, July 4-17. Two intense weeks full of lectures, site visits, short films created by the students and in the end a Domestic Sea Cinema made of white cloth.

The Domestic Sea Cinema

Students developed 5-minute short films that explored the city of Athens under the perspective of expanded forms of domesticity, taking as a starting point the notion of Archipelago. The films were projected on an open-air cinema, constructed by the students. By utilising -mainly but not only- found and reused materials, that later on were covered with white fabric to generate a space, the cinema was an invitation to action, to a shared joy of a hands-on and ready-made architecture.

Workshop Leaders

MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona and New York. MAIO’s members combine professional activities with academic, research and editorial ones. They currently teach at Columbia GSAPP (New York), the Architectural Association (London), the Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona ETSAB/ETSAV, and Elisava – Escola de Disseny i Enginyeria. 

Guest Speakers

Elia ZenghelisAristides AntonasPoint SupremeArea Architecture Research AthensPILAFabiano MicocciLydia Xynogala.