Main thematic areas
Urban Design, Spatial Planning, Sustainable Built Environment
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Urban Planning and Development Unit deals with every aspect of built environment in its three dimensions (social, economic and environmental). Research focuses on how spatial changes to the built environment, (designed, planned or incidental) impact on the social and cultural life, on the economy and the environment. A group of researches specialising on different aspects of research design and practice on Urbanism, is capable of managing differentiated spatial scales (building bock, public space, community, city, and region) and themes (planning and real estate, green, rural and coastal areas, densities and suburban development).

The interest and current research projects focuses on various aspects of sustainability themes of the built environment:
  • Social issues of wellbeing and social integration
  • Urban climate mitigation
  • Mobility
  • Housing and local social and economic behaviour of neighbourhoods
  • Opportunities for participatory planning and design in Cyprus
  • Relevance of building codes and design tools in place making
  • The nature of local planning policy mechanism.
Main equipment/tools/facilities available:
The Urban Planning and Development Unit can use all the facilities available at the Department of Architecture of Frederick University and other Departments of Frederick University such as Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Economic Sciences. These facilities include appropriate workspace, facility for running seminars and workshops, facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, access to established collaborative networks of potential partners, IT support and relevant software programs and IT infrastructure, support in proposal preparation and submission.
PositionNameDepartmentResearch Domain
Lead researcher Dr Byron Ioannou Architecture Sustainable Built Environment
Unit Member Dr Lora Nicolaou Architecture Urban Planning – Master Planning
Unit Member Dr Grigoris Kalnis Architecture Urban Design - GIS
Start YearProject TitleLead Partner/ AssigneeFunding fromProject Website
2020 eUMaP - Utilities Management Platform for the case of Quarantine and Lockdown Frederick University (SERG) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) (RISE) N/A
2020 Blue Limassol - Safety/ Environmental Risk Assessment Study Frederick University (DoMC) Limassol Municipality N/A
2020 Urban Periscope - Portal for hERItage buildingS integration into the COntemPorary built Environment The Cyprus Institute Research and Innovation Foundation of Cyprus N/A
2019 PUAT in multiple disciplines to address Sustainable Development Goals Frederick University (Prof. Makrakis) Erasmus+ / European Union https://puat.frederick.ac.cy/