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Savia Palate

Savia Palate

PhD Candidate


Savia Palate is an architect (ARB/ETEK), a research associate, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire (C&Cs History and Theory).

She graduated top of her class from the University in Cyprus in 2011. She then pursued a post-professional degree (M.Arch II) in Space Society and Culture as a Fulbright Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University (Negotiating Contested Zones: A Post-Tourist Vision of Famagusta; See recent article in InForma#12: Site Conditions) and received an MA in History and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association School of London (Subjectivity DIY; See recent article on Pidgin 24).  

As a researcher, Savia has collaborated with the Laboratory of Urbanism (UCY) for the development and implementation of a series of urban games (See relevant publication in Stratis, Socrates (ed.) UAW Book: About Urban Awareness. Damdi, 2013.) while most recently, she became a member of the MesArch Lab; a research laboratory that focuses on the history and theory of Modern architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean, where she contributes to the Lab’s research project on Leisure-scapes in Contested Zones. Previously, Savia has worked as an architect at Squire and Partners in London, and she holds editorial experience as part of the London-based magazine Disegno.

Savia’s Ph.D. research focuses on the production of domesticity in Britain, and particularly of the ideal home, as prescribed and recommended by governmental reports on space standards. It, therefore, aims to examine the way these protocols, as informed by the shifting balance between the state and the market, nourished the ground for the establishment and expansion of the free market in housing as experienced today. This Ph.D. research is fully funded by the Vice-Chancellor Award (Cambridge Trust), and receives a complementary funding contribution by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. 

During her involvement at the 2019 Rising Stars for Public Engagement programme of the University of Cyprus, Palate has developed in collaboration with three other researchers coming together from different disciplines the decision-making game 2050: A New World aiming to raise awareness to the impact of the climate crisis.

She is one of the editors for the current issue of Scroope 28: The Architectural Journal of the University of Cambridge. She is also the MCR Secretary for Girton College while previously, she has been a convener for the Martin Centre Seminar Series (Lent Term 2018-Easter Term 2019) and a committee member of the Commonwealth Society of the University of Cambridge (2018-2019).


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