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Eve Avdoulos

Eve  Avdoulos

PhD Student in Architecture

Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan



Eve received a BA in Anthropology minoring in Art History and Museum Studies from Michigan State University and holds a MPhil in Archaeology, with a concentration in Archaeological Heritage and Museums from the University of Cambridge. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked in urban planning and development in Detroit, Michigan and served as a guest museum curator at the Hellenic Museum of Michigan. 

During her time at Cambridge, Eve convened City Seminar from 2015-2016, was editor-in-chief of Scroope 25 - The Cambridge Architectural Journal, organised the Department of Architecture's PhD symposium in both 2016 and 2017, and was the lead organiser of the one day workshop, 'Doing Architectural Research: socio-political perspectives on theories, methodologies & praxis' which received a funding award from the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Cambridge. 

Eve serves as a supervisor for BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part I) individual dissertations as well as the following courses:

  • Gardens and Landscapes
  • Divided Cities: The Politics of Mapping and Design
  • Urban Issues Today

Eve also presented a lecture titled 'Race, Inequality and Everyday Urbanism in Detroit, Michigan' as part of the Divided Cities: The Politics of Mapping and Design course in February 2018. 

In addition to her academic activities within the Department, Eve is a Postgraduate Mentor for the University of Cambridge, delivering lectures, presentations and workshops as part of Cambridge's outreach and access initiatives and is an exam invigilator for Fitzwilliam College. She is also a Cambridge tour guide, delivering tours to visitors to the city, and has been a member of the Cambridge University Women's Ice Hockey Team as well as the Cambridge Eagles University Women's Football Team. 


Research Summary

Urban decline is most commonly used as ‘catch-all’ term for what can be interpreted as an undesirable urban change. It is frequently comprehended in quantifiable terms, often being used to describe a city that has experienced a decrease in population, a loss of capital and a deterioration of its physical landscape. These ways of quantifiably measuring urban decline are imperative and do enhance our understanding of the characteristics and consequences of the phenomenon, however, they often leave out how the process of decline effects the everyday reality of the city’s residents.

Using the city of Detroit, Michigan as a vehicle to arrive at a more integrated understanding of this phenomenon, my research seeks to expand our notion of urban decline by considering a socio-spatial perspective in order to highlight various inequalities and challenges that the residents of Detroit currently face in their everyday lives. Processes of urban decline not only affect the demographics of a city and economic capital, but alter the city’s spatial and structural fabric as well, in turn creating new challenges for the city’s residents. Issues such as mobility, infrequent public services, and access to facilities and amenities (including but not limited to major grocery stores, professional health services, libraries, schools and recreational and leisure facilities) are thrust to the forefront of urban living. Focusing on two neighbourhoods in northwest Detroit, this research examines how these challenges affect different areas of the city and how different communities deal with these challenges.


Research presentations, talks, lectures

'Race, Inequality and Everyday Urbanism in Detroit, Michigan', Part II Lecture given as part of the Divided Cities: The Politics of Mapping and Design course, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (February 2018)

'Urban Decline in Detroit Michigan: Considering Socio-Spatial Perspectives', PhD Symposium, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (May 2017)

'A Complicated Reality and an Uncertain Future:Navigating Processes of Urban Decline and Regeneration in Detroit, MI', Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (January 2017)

'Defined By Decline: Uncertainty, Resilience and Development in Detroit, MI', City Seminar, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK (November 2016)

'A City in Flux: Navigating Processes of Urban Decline and Regeneration in Detroit, MI', Fitzwilliam College Graduate Conference, University of Cambridge, UK (October 2016)

'The Pop Up City in a Time of Crisis: Experimental strategies for rebuilding Detroit', Moving Cities: Contested Views on Urban Life. European Sociological Association Midterm Conference, Krakow, Poland (June 2016)

'Urban Heritage and Regeneration: The Case of Detroit', Lecture given to Archaeology and Heritage MPhil Students, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK (May 2016)

'Detroit's Wall', Pecha Kucha Presentation, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK (October 2015)

Research Interests

Eve's research focuses on the processes and politics of urban decline and regeneration

  • The nature of urban decline
  • Processes of urban regeneration and renewal
  • The politics of ruin and representation
  • Urban imaginaries associated with decline and regeneration
  • Heritage and national identity
  • Management of sacred heritage sites