Anthropology and Architecture

A Small Symposium on “Anthropology and Architecture”
as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Architecture
6-9 July 2020, Athens, Greece
sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture

The Architecture Unit of ATINER is organizing a Small Symposium on “Anthropology and Architecture” as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Architecture, 6-9 July 2020, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture.

Anthropology is the science of human behavior through time and space and manifests in the intangible and tangible, relating to culture, social norms, beliefs and invested in, other things, in the built form. Spatial organizations can be studied as an interplay of space and the social norms and lifestyle patterns that govern them. Cultures are represented in space and cultural rootedness exhibited in the resilience of certain beliefs and values that stand the test of time. Architecture participates in the expression of culture through its elements and spatial organization in the vernacular and in the urban environment. Cultural landscapes are formed by these shaped by these beliefs. Architecture and Anthropology intertwine in all typologies in architecture from a house to a working environment, and in anthropology from kinship patterns to corporate organizations. The built environment is perceived in terms of the meanings it contributes and denotes the significance of the visual and the experiential in terms of psychological and sociological experiences with man being positioned at the centre. The scope of the symposium includes but is not limited to:

  • Meaning in the built environment.
  • Cultural landscapes.
  • Relation between house, form and culture in all societies.
  • Vernacular architecture as part of a socio-cultural process.
  • Urban anthropology.
  • Socio-cultural narratives of Heritage towns.
  • Socio-cultural mapping in fictional narratives.
  • Gender in space.
  • Experiential space.
  • Symbolism in architecture.

Place-making in architecture and the urban environment. You may participate as presenter of one paper, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 22 June 2020, to: Anjali Sadanand, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, Measi Academy of Architecture, India. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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