Nikolaos Katsikis

Nikolaos Katsikis

Postdoctoral researcher

Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Erziehungswissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E02 25-270
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 9409
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39409

Nikos is an architect and urbanist working at the intersection of urbanization theory, urban design, and geospatial analysis. His research seeks, through conceptual and cartographic experimentation, to contribute to a geographical understanding of the socio-metabolic relations between agglomerations and their operational landscapes.

He is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Luxembourg, where he is working on the establishment of a new Master program on Architecture, European Urbanization and Globalization, teaching studio courses on territorial design, and seminars on globalization and planetary urbanization. In parallel, he is researcher at ETH-Zurich Future Cities Laboratory and at Urban Theory Lab, Harvard GSD. He holds a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where he has been on the editorial board of the journal New Geographies (2012-2018), co-editor of New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (Harvard University Press, 2014), and has served as Instructor in Urban Planning and Design (2014-2015), and Teaching and Research Associate (2010-2016). He has taught as Research Tutor at the Royal College of Arts, London, where he collaborated in the development of a new research program on Environmental Architecture and as a visiting lecturer at the Architectural Association in London.

His recent work includes contributions in Architectural Design (AD), Technospheres, Harvard Design Magazine, New Geographies and MONU; book chapters in Implosions / Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (ed. Neil Brenner); Doing Global Urban Research (ed. Michael Hoyler); The Horizontal Metropolis (ed. Paola Vigano); the edited volume (with Joan Busquets) Manhattan: Grid for Ordering an Island, Positions on Emancipation (with Florian Hertweck); and the forthcoming book with N. Brenner, Is the world urban? Towards a Critique of Geospatial Ideology. His research has been supported by scholarships and grants from the Fulbright foundation, the Braillard foundation, the Onassis foundation, the Leventis foundation, the Real Estate Academic Initiative, the Weatherhead Institute for International affairs and the Milton Fund at Harvard, and the Graham Foundation for the Arts.


Last updated on: Dienstag, den 31. März 2020

Academic Appointments

  • Since 2016: Post-doctoral Researcher, Program in Architecture, European Urbanization and Globalization, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 2018-2019: Visiting Lecturer, Landscape Urbanism program, Architectural Association, London, UK
  • 2017-2018: Visiting Research Tutor, Environmental Architecture Program, School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • 2014-2015: Instructor in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA


  • 2009-2016: Doctor of Design (DDes), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
  • 2006-2009: Master of Science (MSc), Architecture & Spatial Design, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
  • 2000-2006: Professional Diploma, Architecture, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


Last updated on: 29 Apr 2020

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See detailPositions on Emancipation. Architecture between Aesthetics and Politics
Hertweck, Florian; Katsikis, Nikolaos

Book published by Lars Müller Publishers (2018)

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See detailOn the Geographical Organization of World Urbanization
Katsikis, Nikolaos

in MONU (2014), 20

See detailNew Geographies 6: Grounding Metabolism
Katsikis, Nikolaos; Ibañez, Daniel

Book published by Harvard University Press (2014)

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See detailTwo Approaches to World Management
Katsikis, Nikolaos

in Brenner, Neil (Ed.) Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (2013)

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See detailIs the Mediterranean urban?
Katsikis, Nikolaos; Brenner, Neil

in Petrov, Antonio (Ed.) New Geographies 05: Mediterranean (2012)

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