Dr. Nikolaos Karydis on New Design in the Historic Centre of Canterbury

Dr Nikos Karydis will be giving a talk entitled ‘New Design in the History Centre of Canterbury’ as part of The Canterbury Trust on Wednesday 1st June at 7.30PM at the Friends Meeting House, the Friars.

How can cities such as Canterbury achieve a sympathetic balance between old and new?  The design of new buildings that adapt harmoniously to the historic context plays a key role in the preservation of the character of historic neighbourhoods.

This talk will be given by Dr Nikolaos Karydis, who is the Director of the MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Kent and a practising architect.  His illustrated talk will analyse some of the key elements in the ‘contextual’ approach to place-making, such as:

  • The role of new developments in the scale and structure of the city
  • The contribution of new architecture to urban frontages
  • The impact of new buildings on the urban scene
  • The role of building materials and their contribution to the character of an area

Different approaches will be assessed with reference to possible interventions in different parts of Canterbury.  Analysing these approaches helps to establish design methods that enable architects, designers and planners to enhance the historic environment.

Dr Nikolaos Karydis speaks about Development in the Historic Environment

Dr Nikolaos Karydis gave a lecture on “New Design within the Historic Environment” in the conference “Interpreting Historic Folkestone”, organised by Townscape Heritage Initiative and Canterbury Archaeological Trust in Folkestone on 4 March 2016. The lecture investigated the design methods and practices for the adaptation of new buildings to historic towns, with particular emphasis on Kent. This forms part of a series of research outreach activities that aim to inform the future development of Folkestone.

Dr Nikolaos Karydis speaks about Development in the Historic Environment

Dr Nikolaos Karydis will give a lecture on “New Design within the Historic Environment” on the 29th of October, at 2:45pm. The lecture investigates the design methods and practices for the adaptation of new buildings to historic towns, and is part of the workshop “Development in the Historic Environment”, organised by Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Folkestone Townscape Heritage Initiative. The workshop will take place at The Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent.

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis to give an open lecture at the University of Kent

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis is giving a lecture on Thursday 5th March at 11am-1pm in the Cornwallis Octagon, Lecture Theatre 3. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

Architectural Encounters between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th Century

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis, University of Kent


The artistic relations between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th century transcended the cultural and religious boundaries between the two cultures. Our awareness of these relations is essential to understand the development of monumental architecture in Southern Europe during this period. A comparative analysis of a wide range of monuments reflects a stream of architectural influences between Byzantium and Islam that flowed in both directions. Indeed, combinations of Islamic and Byzantine themes occur in cultures as different and distant as the ones of Moorish Andalusia and Byzantine Greece. But, such architectural fusions are not only encountered in Islamic and Byzantine territories. They also occur in the architecture of the Venetian Republic and the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. The rise of these two powers is marked by the development of hybrid, and highly inventive architectural languages that incorporate the best elements of Byzantine and Islamic architecture, confirming the aesthetic compatibility between them.

This lecture revisits some of the key monuments of Andalusia, Italy and Greece in order to identify those architectural motifs and construction techniques that the one culture borrowed from the other. Particular emphasis is put on the design and constructional methods used to combine Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements in different contexts and on the modifications which the two cultures introduced into the elements they borrowed. The architectural forms studied in the lecture show that the exchange of ideas between Byzantium and Islam was extremely fertile, producing unique architectural forms. Cross-cultural interaction seems to have renewed previous architectural traditions, infusing new life and symbolic content in them.

Dr Nikolaos Karydis presents new discoveries in Byzantine Architecture at the University of Munich

Dr Nikolaos Karydis has been invited to present his recent work on the building phases of the church of St. Mary at Ephesus at the international conference: Transforming Sacred Spaces: New Approaches to Byzantine Ecclesiastical Architecture from the Transitional Period. The conference is organised by the Byzantine Institute of the University of Munich, and will take place at the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich from the 13th to the 16th of May.