Maria Hadjisoteriou is an Associate Professor of the Department of Architecture, University of Nicosia. She received her Dip-Arch from N.T.U.A., Greece, and her Master in Engineering from Mie University in Japan where she was a Monbusho scholar. Maria’s main focus is “research by design”; therefore parallel to her academic involvement, she has been a practicing architect since 1995. Maria has received a number of awards in local and international architectural competitions. Her current research interests include: Mapping as a design methodology, issues of perception with a focus on intangible qualities in architecture and social sustainability in an urban context.