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Panagiotis Doudesis

College: Pembroke

Supervisor: Prof. Caroline van Eck

Title of thesis (preliminary): Analogies between architecture and cuisine during the long eighteenth century


Biography:

I initially received my Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Thessaly (U.Th.) in Greece, where I worked on an extensive research project regarding the spatial transformations of dining spaces in absolutistic France and England. After the above, I received an M.Sc. degree in Theory of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.), Greece, delivering a thesis on the spatial organization of the dining style called service à la française during the last decades of Louis XIV's reign. In June 2018, I read for the M.Phil in History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge with a thesis on a celebratory ephemeral dining structure at Versailles in 1674. I have worked for years as a qualified architect in the private and public sector, and for one year as teaching assistant for the undergraduate design studios in the School of Architecture at N.T.U.A., whilst completing an one-year chef-training.

Currently undertaking my PhD project, funded by the AHRC-Lander studentship at Pembroke College, I am researching on the analogies of gastronomy and architecture in the long eighteenth century France and England, with the goal to explore in-depth the common grounds and the differences between the "products" of these two fundamental components of human civilization.

Research Interests

Other research interests include:

-the contemporary relevance of historical research, its potential and function in understanding built environments,

-the contextualization of architecture as a phenomenon,

-the position of architecture among the arts.