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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 worked as a guest 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's PhD research is examining the nature of urban decline in relation to processes of regeneration, taking the city of Detroit as her primary case study.


Research presentations, talks, lectures

 '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


Key Publications

Avdoulos, E. (2017) 'The Pop-Up City in a Time of Crisis: Experimental Strategies for Rebuilding Detroit'. In: Ferro, L. et al.  Moving Cities - Contested Views on Urban Life. London: Springer. 

Avdoulos, E. & Aquilina T. (2016) In Conversation with Ash Amin. Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, Issue 25 Duplicity.  

'Istanbul's Hagia Sophia: Challenges of Managing Sacred Places' in Castillo Mena, Alicia R. (ed.) (2015) Actas del Segundo Congreso Internacional de Buenas Prácticas en Patrimonio Mundial: Personas y comunidades. Other. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Servicio de Publicaciones, Madrid.