ON WALLS is a small, independent and free research group on walls and practices related to walls (planners, administrators, investors, muralists, graffiti writers, street artists, designers, advertisers…) in the context of contemporary urban environments. Please see the "About" page for more info.


Kostas Avramidis


Short bio:

Kostas Avramidis is a freelance architect as well as a researcher. He combines research, through writings either individually or jointly, with active professional practice, through projects both independently and as a collaborator. He holds a Diploma in Architecture (DipArch, 2007) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and a postgraduate degree, with distinction, in Interdisciplinary Theory and Design of Space (MSc, 2009) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where he has taught as an assistant at architectural design studios. He has also participated in a variety of projects and workshops, architectural competitions and exhibitions. His work has been awarded and has been published. Moreover, a number of his research papers have been published and presented in conferences internationally.

Being a graffiti writer himself, his intention to conduct a research on walls emerged relatively early. During both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Kostas had the chance to work on a variety of subjects related to the spatial theory and design, emphasizing on wall inscription and graffiti. His research focuses on the production and interpretation of space, emphasizing on marginal groups. He is also especially interested in the relationship of territoriality and the public realm.

Research areas:

architecture, spatial theory, urban anthropology, urban geography

Research interests:

architectural design, contested spaces, graffiti, public spaces, self-narratives, spatial experience, territoriality, visibility, youth cultures

Selected Publications and Conference Papers:

Avramidis K., Drakopoulou K., ‘Graffiti as a critical encounter of the notions ‘purity’ and ‘order’: Towards a contingent city’, in Marini S. (ed.), My Ideal City: Scenarios for the European City of the 3rd Millennium, Venice: IUAV Publications, 2011, pp. 64-70 (available on line: http://docu.iuav.it/74/)

Avramidis K, Drakopoulou K., ‘Graffiti crews’ potential pedagogical role’, International Conference on Critical Education, Athens, 12th-16th July, 2011.

Avramidis K, Drakopoulou K., ‘Textual insertions in the artworks: From impressionism to graffiti’, 6th Athens Postgraduate Conference of the Department of Philology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, May 13th – 15th , 2011.

Avramidis K., “Nursing Home in Xanthi” in Technical Chronicles (TEE/TCG) – No27/2011, Athens, pp.12-15            (in Greek language). (available on line: http://tinyurl.com/5sjgx38)

Avramidis K., “1st Prize for Thesprotian Commercial Chamber” in Annual Architectural Edition – 43/2009 Architecture in Greece, Athens, pp.39 (in Greek language).