Maria Patsarika

Maria Patsarika
Research Associate, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

I am a Research Associate with Rosie Parnell (PI) at the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture, on the project ‘Children Transforming Spatial Design: Creative Encounters with Children’ (Leverhulme Trust research grant, 2013-2016 – see also

This is the intersection of diverse disciplinarian roads that I followed over the years: history and archeology, culture and heritage studies, sociology of childhood and architecture. I am also member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth (

My research role at the University of Sheffield is complemented by teaching social sciences at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. Prior to these I had worked at the Houses of Parliament, London, as Education and Visitor Assistant, which prompted my interest in children’s participation.

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Children can bring unrivalled imagination to design tasks through 'possibility thinking', but what are they like to work with? Researchers at the University of Sheffield's School of Architecture have been exploring how architects and children communicate with each other.