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.

While the DSS 2022 took Archipelago as its starting point and focused on the “sea around” speculating with the “in-betweens”, this year it is inspired by the concept of Urban Heat Islands to explore a new space that has opened up in the intersection of architecture, urbanism, science and place-making. Pivoting around a real-time urban challenge, the DSS 2023, will try to reconnect architecture with the real world, explore new perspectives reaching beyond the architectural community and establish an inclusive platform for critical urban discourse.

Workshop leader: Georgeen Theodore | INTERBORO Partners


(Places are limited)

Early bird: €700, until 30/04/2023

Standard: €950, until 20/06/2023

Application fee: €30

In order to complete your application, a deposit is required. If your application is successful you will get an email with instructions to complete your registration and the deposit will be subtracted from the course fee. If your application is unsuccessful your deposit will be returned. 

Apply now for the DOMa Summer School 2023 by completing the online form, which requires the uploading of a portfolio. Once you complete the form, you will be notified via email within three working days regarding the outcome of your application. 

Urban Heat Islands

Today cities and urban centres are at the forefront of the climate crisis. Extreme weather events in urban areas such as heatwaves and droughts have increased and occur more frequently, severely affecting the wellbeing of the society at large and especially the lives of vulnerable people. At the same time cities contribute to the intensifying effects of climate change as they are responsible for 75% of global CO2 emissions (UN Environment Program, Cities and Climate Change).

An immediate and direct impact of climate change and the increasing global warming is the human exposure to high outdoor temperatures. According to the United Nations’ 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by 2030, 1.9 billion people are estimated to be exposed to heat stress. During periods of extreme heat, urban heat islands emerge within cities as areas that develop much higher temperatures than their surrounding context. According to the World Health Organization, the "urban heat island" phenomenon is unique to cities and is becoming even more intense as climate change-related heat waves become more frequent. The urban heat island effect can raise average center city temperatures anywhere from 3-5⁰ C above those in the surrounding countryside.

In Athens, one of the densest built cities in Europe, with uncontrolled proliferation of aged medium size concrete apartment buildings and lack of continuous networks of green spaces, urban heat islands are largely evident making the city more vulnerable, changing our experience and perspective of public space and deteriorating our wellbeing.

What innovations can architecture trigger to alleviate the effects of urban heat islands in cities? How can we establish a collaborative platform that brings together architecture, expertise from other disciplines and community actors to better address a critical phenomenon of climate change and pave the way towards more resilient communities?

Workshop Leader

Georgeen Theodore (INTERBORO Partners) is an architect, urban designer, and Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, where she coordinates the school’s Master of Urban Design Program. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she graduated with distinction. Theodore is founding partner and principal of Interboro, a New York City- and Detroit-based design and planning office. Interboro has received many awards for its innovative and collaborative approach, including the Museum of Modern Art PS1’s Young Architects Program, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, and a national AIA Regional & Urban Design Award. Georgeen is an expert in coordinating complex urban projects that involve many diverse stakeholders, infrastructures and ecosystems. Her practice is inextricably linked to her urban design pedagogy and teaching.

Guest Speakers 



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

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 A. Panetsos is an editor of DOMa and a professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Patras 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.

Event Space

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 workshop will be held in English.


Upon completion, all participants will receive a certificate of attendance signed by the DSS directors.


DSS participants should bring their own lap-top computers. WLAN is freely available. Please ensure that all your own equipment is covered by your insurance.


All applicants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance, and should ensure that their policy provides coverage for personal belongings such as: laptop, equipment, tools, passport, etc. DOMa takes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.


Please note that the fee does not include accommodation. However feel free to reach out at [email protected] for advice regarding areas to consider, pricing, etc.

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.


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 on the rooftop of Romantso.

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, at the rooftop of Romantso. 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 that works on spatial systems which allow variation and change through time. MAIO’s projects embrace the ever-changing complexity of everyday-life while providing a resilient, compromised and clear architectural response.

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. MAIO has lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barbican Center, GSAPP-Columbia University, RIBA, UC Berkeley, Yale School of Architecture and Piet Zwart Institute. MAIO’s work has been exhibited at the MOMA of New York, the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Art Institute of Chicago and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Lately MAIO has participated at Venice Biennial 2016 and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2017).

Lectures by

Elia Zenghelis became a prominent teacher at the Architectural Association for introducing radical avant-gardism. From 1971 to 1975, he collaborated with various architects in London, Paris and New York such as Rem Koolhaas, O.M. Ungers and Peter Eisenman.

Aristides Antonas’ work spans philosophy, art, literature and architecture. Antonas has been a visiting tutor in the Bartlett UCL, the Architectural Association, the ETH Zurich and the Art Academy of Vienna. His work has been featured in documenta 14, Venice Biennale, Sao Paulo Biennale, the New Museum in New York and had solo institutional presentations in Basel’s Swiss Architecture Museum, in Austria’s Vorarlberger Architektur Institut and in the French FRAC, Orleans.

Point Supreme was founded by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels, and Tokyo. Their work includes self-initiated projects for the improvement of Athens, a selection of which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2012. They were included in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory for 2015. Athens Projects, the first book dedicated to their work was published in Chicago in 2016 as part of the Treatise Series.

Area Architecture Research Athens was established in 2006 by architects S. Daouti, G. Mitroulias and M. Raftopoulos, combining academic and professional experience in Greece, France, the Netherlands and the United States. AREA is a collaborative working environment where theoretical interests are developed through the unique considerations of each project. AREA’s work has been nominated for the European Mies van der Rohe Award.

Ilias Papageorgiou is a Greek architect and principal of PILA. Prior to founding PILA, Ilias was a partner at SO-IL in New York. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York. Ilias is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

Fabiano Micocci has taught at the University of Florence, the Lebanese American University and the Portsmouth University. He has edited ‘Lebanon: Refugees and Urbanization’ (Camera Cronica, 2017) and has published ‘Athens by collage: The representation of the metropolis between realism, intervention and autonomy’ (Anteferma, 2021). He is co-founder of NEAR architecture, based in Athens and Rome.

Lydia Xynogala is a doctoral fellow at the gta Institute ETH Zurich. Her work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Van Alen Institute, gta exhibitions ETH Zurich, and the AIA New York Center for Architecture. Her writings were published by Princeton University in 2013. Lydia has been teaching studios and seminars at Columbia University GSAPP, The Cooper Union, and City College of New York.