Byron Ioannou studied Architecture (Dip. Eng.) and Urban & Regional Planning (MSc and PhD) at the National Technical University of Athens. He has also studied Planning Law (PG Cert) at Leeds Beckett University. He has an extended professional and research experience in planning, built environment and development issues. He is a member of ETEK (CY), TEE (GR) and the Royal Institute of Town Planners (UK). His current research focuses on development plans and regulation processes, planning law and inclusive urban development, environmental aspects of urban development, urban green, density and sprawl.
Lora Nicolaou (PhD) is an architect, with postgraduate work in urban design and she is qualified as a town planner in Cyprus, Greece and the UK. She was the Director of Urban Strategies at DEGW (London) (1998-2009) with a design and research portfolio in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. In parallel she held the positions of the Head of Research for the Urban Renaissance Institute (URI) at the University of Greenwich, UK (2004-2010). Lora also taught at Coventry Polytechnic (1987) Oxford Brookes University (Joint Centre for Urban Design), in a part-time senior lectureship (1989-2000) and the University of Cyprus in 2011. Her particular interest is the interpretation of user’s needs & preferences in a way that can intelligently inform building design and integrated development strategies.