Heleni Porfyriou

Job Title: Senior Researcher (since 1999) Institutional affiliation: Institute of Heritage Science, National Research Council of Italy, CNR-ISPC, Rome

PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK. Urban and town planning historian. Her research focuses on urban morphology and aesthetics, and on urban conservation. Coordinator of the GUDesign Network

Professor (by contract) of Town Planning History, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (2000-2006). Head of the Rome Unit of the CNR Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage (2006-2017). Visiting Scholar of Columbia University-NY (2018). Visiting researcher of Peking University and Xian University (2013-2016). Coordinator of bilateral projects with the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (2016-2022); UNESCO WHITRAP – Shanghai (2014-2023) and Xiamen University (2019-2024). Member of the board of directors of AISU International and of the editorial board of Planning Perspectives (2010-2021). 


Porfyriou, H. “Urban Heritage Conservation of China’s Historic Water Towns and the Role of Professor Ruan Yisan: Nanxun, Tongli, and Wuzhen.” Heritage (MDPI) 2, no. 3 (2019). https://www.mdpi.com/2571-9408/2/3/149/htm

Porfyriou, H. “Sulle radici del disegno urbano. Europa e Italia nei primi decenni del Novecento.” In Borghi rurali e borgate. La tradizione del disegno urbano in Italia negli anni Trenta, edited by G. Corsani and H. Porfyriou, 36-57. Roma: Palombi editori, 2017.

Meller, H., and H. Porfyriou (Eds.). Planting New Towns in Europe in the interwar years: economics, politics and people. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-4438-9078-6

Porfyriou, H. “Camillo Sitte. Optically constructed space and artistic city building.” In Images of the Body in Architecture. Anthropology and Built Space, edited by J. Cepl and K. Wagner, 166-188. Berlin: Wasmuth, 2014.

Porfyriou, H. “Artistic urban design and cultural myths: the Garden City idea in Nordic countries, 1900-1925.” Planning Perspectives 7, no. 3 (1992): 263-302. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02665439208725751

Porfyriou, H., and G.V. Zucconi (Eds. Special Issue). “The art of preserving and building cities in Italy (1860–1930): legacies and actors.” Planning Perspectives 37, no. 3 (2022): 433-444. Published online: 29 Mar 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/02665433.2022.2053881

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