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Savia Palate

Savia Palate

PhD Candidate


Biography:

Savia Palate is an architect (ARB/ETEK) and a research associate. She graduated top of her class from the University in Cyprus in 2011. Additionally, Savia 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) and continued by receiving an MA in History and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association School of London (Subjectivity DIY).  

The endeavours of her research interests are spanning architectural design, cultural criticism and urban territorial studies. As a research associate, 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 Awarness. 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 has contributed to the Lab’s research project on Leisure-scapes in Contested Zones. Furthermore, Savia has worked as an architect at Squire and Partners in London, and holds editorial experience as part of the London-based magazine Disegno.

Savia’s PhD research focuses on the formation of domesticity in Britain, and particularly of the "ideal" home, as recommended by regulations and space standards from 1960s-1980s and aims to examine the way these protocols, as informed by the shifting balance in between the state and the market, nourished the ground for the establishment and expansion of the free market in housing as experienced today. This PhD research is funded by the Vice Chancellor Award from the Cambridge Trust, along with a complementary funding contribution by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. 

Savia is currently co-editor for Scoope 28, the architectural journal of the University of Cambridge, co-organizer of the Martin Centre Seminar Series, and a committee member of the Commonwealth Society of the University of Cambridge.