Staff Catalogue


Department of Architecture
Main Campus Buildings, 105A
75, Kallipoleos Ave.

Aimilios Michael, Architect Engineer Dipl.Arch.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus, Director of the Energy & Environmental Design of Buildings Research Laboratory (E&EDB), Member of the Steering Committee for the Inter-departmental Master Programme “Energy Technology and Sustainable Design” and Member of the Board of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Cyprus. Between 2006 and 2017, before assuming his current position, he was a Lecturer, a Visiting Lecturer and a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Architecture in the University of Cyprus. During the Spring semester of 2020, he was a Visiting Faculty Member at the School of Engineering and Design of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Aimilios holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Energy in Architecture from the Department of Architectural Technology, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). During his studies, he was awarded numerous academic performance distinctions, including the Academic Excellence NTUA Award 2004, the NTUA Silver Medal 2004 (1st rank), the Best Design Diploma Thesis NTUA Award 2004 and was nominated for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award NTUA 2011. He was also awarded numerous academic scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies, including the Academic Excellence Annual Scholarships from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation from 1999 until 2004, the Eugenides Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship 2005-2006, the Doctoral Studies Scholarship in Architecture and Environment from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation 2005-2009 and the Doctoral Studies Scholarship from the Cyprus State Scholarships Foundation 2006-2010.

His research activities take on an interdisciplinary perspective and they focus on the areas of Energy and Environmental Design of Buildings and Advanced Architectural Technology. His research priorities include Integrated Architectural Design, Construction Technology and Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Design of Buildings, Bioclimatic and Energy Conservation of Vernacular and Modern-Movement Architecture in Cyprus and Innovative Sustainable Construction Components and Materials. He participated as principal investigator and/or project coordinator in 18 research programmes funded by the European Commission, 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Erasmus+ Programme, the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), the University of Cyprus and the private sector, securing a total funding for UCy - E&EDB Research Lab of more than 1.8 million Euro.

His design-based research has been awarded 16 times in architectural European and international competitions, including two 1st prizes, and has been presented in 30 national and international exhibitions and architectural fora, including the 22nd Biennial of Industrial Design and the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. His research work has been widely published in 35 refereed scientific journals (receiving the ‘Frontiers of Architectural Research’ Best Journal Paper Award in 2021), in 10 special issues and in 82 peer-reviewed international conference proceedings. He has an active community service as a reviewer of international scientific journals and as a member of international scientific and/or organizing committees and professional boards.

Currently, Aimilios is Member of the Board of Directors of Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) (08.2021 - today) and Member of the Administrative Council of the Cyprus Scientific Technical Chamber (ETEK) (2011, 2013, 2017 and 2021 - today). From 2017 to 2021 he held the position of the Vice-President of the Council for Planning Derogation Applications by a Ministerial Council Appointment and from 2012 to 2017 he served as the Vice-President of the Cyprus Architects Association (CAA) and as CAA Representative to the International Union of Architects (UIA). From 2013 to 2017 he served as Member of the Administrative Council of the Cyprus Civil Engineers and Architects Association (CCEAA). From the positions he held, Aimilios participated in several scientific and professional committees, including the State Architecture Policy Committee as a Chair, the Energy Policy Committee as a Deputy Chair and the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee as a Member.

Integrated Architectural Design
Architectural Technology; Sustainability and Construction Design; Adaptable Building Envelope Design; Building Integrated Renewable Energy Sources (RES)
Energy & Environmental Design of Buildings
Passive and Low Energy Architecture; Indoor Human Comfort; Innovative & Sustainable Construction Components; Environmental Conservation of Vernacular and Modern Movement Architecture; Energy and Environmental Awareness

Refereed International Scientific Journal Articles (35)

  • Englezou M., Michael A., (2022) Investigation of natural lighting spectrum using CIE S 026 melanopic metrics: A pilot study in the climatic conditions of Southern Europe, Lighting Research & Technology Journal, 2022 SAGE Journals (accepted)
  • Heracleous C., Michael A., Savvides A., Hayles C. (2022), A Methodology to Assess Energy-Demand Savings and Cost-Effectiveness of Adaptation Measures in Educational Buildings in Warm Mediterranean Region, Energy Reports, 8(C115):5472-5486, (2022). DOI:
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., Malaktou E. (2021) A typological Environmental and Socio-Cultural Study of Semi-open Spaces in the Eastern Mediterranean Vernacular Architecture: The case of Cyprus, Frontiers of Architectural Research, 10, 483-501 (2021). DOI: FoAR Best Paper Award 2021
  • Heracleous, C., Michael, A., Savvides, A., Hayles, C, (2021). Climate change resilience of school premises in Cyprus: An examination of retrofit approaches and their implications on thermal and energy performance, Journal of Building Engineering, 44 (2021), 103358, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., (2021) Environmental Sustainability in the Conservation of Vernacular Architecture. The Case of Rural and Urban Traditional Settlements in Cyprus. International Journal of Architectural Heritage, UARC, (2021), Taylor and Francis, DOI:
  • Heracleous, C., Michael, A., (2020) Thermal Comfort Models and Perception of Users in Free-running School Buildings of East-Mediterranean Region. Energy and Buildings 215 (2020) 109912, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Kyritsi, E., Michael A., (2020) An Assessment of the Impact of Natural Ventilation Strategies and Window Opening patterns in Office Buildings in the Mediterranean Basin. Building and Environment 175 (2020) 106384, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Michael A., Savvides A., Vassiliades C., Triantafyllidou E., (2020) Design and Creation of an Energy Efficient Prefabricated Housing Unit based on Specific Taxonomy and Optimization Techniques. Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 44, 2020, pp. 261-268, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Triantafyllidou E., Michael A., (2020) The Impact of Installing a Concave Curved Profile Blind to a Glass Window for Visual Comfort in Office Buildings. Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 44, 2020, pp. 269-276, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Kyriakidis A., Illampas R., Michael A., (2020) Parametric Investigation for the Improvement of the Overall Sustainable Performance of an Innovative Masonry Wall System. Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 44, 2020, pp. 286-293, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Englezou M., Michael A., (2020) Assessment of Daylight Performance and the Impact of Shading Devices for Typical In-patient Rooms in Healthcare Facilities in Cyprus. Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 44, 2020, pp. 277-285 Elsevier, DOI:
  • Savvides, A., Michael, Α., Vassiliades C., Triantafyllidou, E., (2020) Towards an Environmentally – Purpose Designed Prefabricated Housing Unit: An Affordable and Spatially Flexible Housing Solution. International Journal of Environmental Science, 5, 235-240, ISSN: 2367-8941
  • Heracleous, C., Michael, A., (2019) Experimental Assessment of the Impact of Natural Ventilation on Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Comfort Conditions of Educational Buildings in the Eastern Mediterranean Region during the Heating Period. Journal of Building Engineering 26 (2019) 100917, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Kyriakidis A., Michael, A., Illampas, R., Charmpis, D.C., Ioannou, I., (2019) Comparative Evaluation of a Novel Environmentally Responsive Modular Wall System Based on Integrated Quantitative and Qualitative Criteria. Energy 188 (2019) 11596, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Vassiliades, C., Kalogirou, S., Savvides, A., Michael, A., (2019) A Roadmap for the Building Integration of Active Solar Systems. Applied Sciences 2019, 9(12), 2462, MDPI, Special Issue:  Sustainable Re-Design of the Built Environment, DOI:
  • Savvides, A., Vassiliades, C., Michael, A., Kalogirou, S., (2019) Siting and Building-Massing Considerations for the Urban Integration of Active Solar Energy Systems. Renewable Energy 135 (2019) 963-974, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Heracleous C., Michael A., (2018) Assessment of Overheating Risk and the Impact of Natural Ventilation in Educational Buildings of Southern Europe under Current and Future Climatic Conditions. Energy 165 (2018) 1228-1239, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/
  • Vassiliades, C., Michael, A., Savvides, A., Kalogirou, S., (2018) Improvement of Passive Behaviour of Existing Buildings through the Integration of Active Solar Energy Systems. Energy 163 (2018) 01-15, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., Thravalou, S., Ioannou, I., (2018) Thermal Performance Assessment of Vernacular Residential Semi-Open Spaces in Mediterranean climate. Indoor and Built Environment 2018, Vol. 27(8) 1050–1068, SAGE, First Published Online: March 14, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/1420326X17699037
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., (2018) The Environmental and Social Role of Semi-Open Spaces in Vernacular Architecture of The Eastern Mediterranean Area. The Case of Cyprus. Ecology and the Environment, vol. 217, (2018), 559-611, ISSN 1743-3541, WIT Press, DOI: 10.2495/SDP180511
  • Kyriakidis A., Michael, A., Illampas, R., Charmpis, D.C., Ioannou, I., (2018) Thermal Performance and Embodied Energy of Standard and Retrofitted Wall Systems Encountered in Southern Europe. Energy 161C (2018) 1016-1027, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/
  • Thravalou, S., Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., (2018) The Impact οf Window Control on Thermal Performance. Investigating Adaptable Interventions in Vernacular Mediterranean Heritage. Journal of Architectural Conservation, 24:1 (2018) 41-59, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13556207.2018.1456058
  • Michael, A., Gregoriou, S., Kalogirou, S.A., (2018) Environmental Assessment of an Integrated Movable System for the Improvement of Indoor Visual Comfort of Existing Buildings. Renewable Energy 115 (2018), 620-633, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.07.07
  • Michael, A., Demosthenous D., Philokyprou, M., (2017) Natural Ventilation for Cooling in Mediterranean Climate: A Case Study in Vernacular Architecture of Cyprus. Energy and Buildings 144 (2017) 333–345, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.03.040
  • Illampas R., Kyriakidis A., Michael A., (2017) Computational Evaluation of the Thermal, Environmental and Structural Performance of an Innovative Masonry System. Procedia Environmental Sciences 38 (2017) 812-820, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2017.03.166
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., Thravalou, S., Ioannou, I., (2017) Thermal performance assessment of vernacular residential semi-open spaces in Mediterranean climate. Indoor and Built Environment (2017) 01-20, SAGE, First Published Online: March 14, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/1420326X17699037
  • Michael, A., Heracleous, C., (2017) Assessment of natural lighting performance and visual comfort of educational architecture in Southern Europe. The case of typical educational school premises in Cyprus. Energy and Buildings 140 (2017) 443–457, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.12.087
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., Malaktou, E., Savvides, A., (2017) Environmentally responsive design in Eastern Mediterranean. The case of vernacular architecture in the coastal, lowland and mountainous regions of Cyprus. Building and Environment 111 (2017) 91-109, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.10.010
  • Michael, A., Heracleous, C., Thravalou, S., Philokyprou, M., (2017) Lighting performance of urban vernacular architecture in the East-Mediterranean area: Field study and simulation analysis. Indoor and Built Environment, 26/4 (2017) 471-487, SAGE, First Published Οnline: December 10, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1420326X15621613
  • Michael, A.G., Alexandrou, K.C., Konatzii, P.G, Kalli, A.K, (2016) An Environmental Renovation Strategy based on Adaptive Control Optimisation of a Modular Light Regulating Façade System. The Built Environment, 161 (2016), 71-82, ISSN 1743-3509, WIT Press, DOI: 10.2495/ARC160071
  • Savvides, A., Michael, A., Malaktou, E., Philokyprou, M., (2016) Examination and assessment of insolation conditions of streetscapes of traditional settlements in the Eastern Mediterranean area. Habitat International 53 (2016) 442-452, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.12.002
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., (2016) Social and Environmental Aspects of Courtyards in Cyprus Vernacular Architecture. Serbian Architectural Journal, Speciall Issue on Vernacular Architecture, From Tradition to the Future, SAJ 8 (2016) 75-90, ISSN: 1821-3952
  • Kyriakidis A., Michael A., Illampas R., (2016) Parametric Numerical Assessment of the Thermal Performance and Environmental Impact of an Innovative Masonry Construction Component. Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering, 3/16 (2016), 6-19, SACE, ISSN: 2029–9990, DOI: 10.5755/j01.sace.16.3.16174
  • Malaktou E., Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., Savvides A., (2016) Thermal Assessment of Traditional, Partially Subterranean Dwellings in Coastal and Mountainous Regions in the Mediterranean Climate. The Case of Cyprus. Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering, 3/16 (2016), 82-96, SACE, ISSN: 2029–9990, DOI: 10.5755/j01.sace.16.3.16155
  • Bougiatioti, F., Michael, A., (2015) The architectural integration of active solar systems. Building applications in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 47 (2015) 966-982, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.03.030
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., (2013) Evaluation of the Environmental Features of Vernacular Architecture. A Case Study in Cyprus. International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era (2012) 1, 349-354, SAGE, DOI: 10.1260/2047-4970.1.0.349

Academic Book Authorship (1)

  • Michael, A., Overall Comfort Conditions and Energy Performance of School Premises in Cyprus.
    Volume 1: Primer, ISBN (vol. 01): 978-9963-9912-1-1 (p.558),
    Volume 2: Appendix, (vol. 02) 978-9963-9912-2-8 (p.330), (set): 978-9963-9912-0-4,
    Series: Bioclimatic Design and Energy Efficiency in Architecture, Nicosia, March 2011, DOI: 10.12681/eadd/30314, in Greek

Academic Book Editorship (5)

  • Michael, A., Phocas, M.C., Kontovourkis, O., (2019) Architectural Synergies: Participatory Design and Construction of Timber Pavilion Prototype. ISBN: 978-9963-700-98-1, Nicosia, (p. 105), 2019
  • Philokyprou, M., Michael, A., (2014) Τhe Bioclimatic Aspects of the Vernacular Architecture of Cyprus. ISBN: 978-9963-33-9912-4-2, (p. 64), Nicosia, December 2014, in Greek
  • Michael, A., Eftychi M., (eds.), (2014) The Role of the Built Environment in the Education. ISBN: 978-9963-9912-3-5, (p. 98), Nicosia, December 2013, in Greek and in English
  • Hadjichristos, Ch., Michael, A., (2011) Encounters: a Walking Movie, Cyprus Participation at Biennale Architettura 2010. ISBN: 978-9963-9990-0-2, publisher: Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Cyprus, 1st edition: Nicosia, 2010, 2nd edition: Nicosia, 2011 (p. 82), in Greek and in English
  • Michael, A., Constantinou, Ch., Feraios, S., (2009) Learning from the Heritage of the Modern. publisher: Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Cyprus, ISBN: 978-9963-33-024-9, Nicosia 2009 (p. 164), in Greek and in English

International Scientific Journal Articles after Presentation in International Conferences (10)

National Journal Articles (10)

International Conference Proceedings Papers (82)

International Conference Proceedings Papers – Abstracts (9)

National Conference Proceedings Papers (6)