Theano Fotiou

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Theano Fotiou

Θεανώ Φωτίου
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Alternate Minister of Social Solidarity
In office
23 September 2015 – 9 July 2019
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Preceded byKostas Michail
Succeeded bynone (post abolished)
In office
27 January 2015 – 28 August 2015
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Succeeded byKostas Michail
Personal details
Born (1946-05-10) May 10, 1946 (age 73)
Athens, Greece
Political partyCoalition of the Radical Left (Syriza)
Alma materNational Technical University of Athens

Theano Fotiou (Greek: Θεανώ Φωτίου; born 10 May 1946 in Athens) is a Greek architect and politician of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza). Since January 2015 she has been serving as Alternate Minister of Social Solidarity.

Early life and education[edit]

Born 1946 in Athens, Fotiou studied architecture at National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) graduating in 1969.

Professional career[edit]

Since 1972, she has taught architecture at the NTUA School of Architecture. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art, The Bartlett, London and Barcelona Architecture School.[1] In 1980 she received a second postgraduate degree in urban planning at Paris X University Nanterre. She is co-founder of the European Design Age Network aiming at design for the elderly.

Major architectural projects[edit]

In the 1990s, both the new Technical University of Crete, Chania, and the new Faculty of Humanities at University of Crete, Rethymno was built on her plans. In 2000, she received a 1st prize in the international architectural competition for the 2004 Olympic village. In 2001, she received a 1st honorary mention at the international architectural competition for the Acropolis Museum. In interior design she remodeled the meeting room of the Bank of Greece's head office. Among other works, the new library of the Philosophical Faculty of Athens University has been finished in the last years.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

Since the May 2012 elections, Fotiou has been a Member of the Hellenic Parliament on Syriza's state list. Together with Tasos Kourakis she was nominated for the post of education minister in Syriza's Shadow Cabinet of Alexis Tsipras.[4] After the January 2015 legislative election, Fotiou however was appointed Alternate Minister of Social Solidarity.[5] In the Hellenic Parliament, she currently represents the Athens B constituency.


  • Theano Fotiou; Aleka Monemvasitou; Maria Kafritsa; Agni Papaloannou (2011). "Lavrion Technological Cultural Park: 1992-2010. Re-using the Past in Order to Design the Present". In Babalis, Dimitra (ed.). Chronocity: Sensitive Interventions in Historic Environment. Florence: Alinea Editrice. p. 27. ISBN 978-88-6055-618-9.
  • Theano Fotiou; Konstantina Demiri; Argyro Moungolia, eds. (2007). Diploma Projects 2002+2003: School of Architecture. National Technical University of Athens Press. ISBN 978-960-254-668-0.
  • Theano Fotiou; Konstantina Demiri; Grigoris Kalnis; et al., eds. (2004). Diploma Projects 2001: School of Architecture. National Technical University of Athens Press. ISBN 960-254-639-5.


  1. ^ "They're strong, stubborn and (mainly) SYRIZA… Who are the people who have vowed to take Greece out of the depths of despair?". Proto Thema. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Selected Projects". Theano Fotiou. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  3. ^ Αρχιτεκτονικό έργο της Θεανώ Φωτίου [Theno Fotiou's architectural work] (in Greek). Theano Fotiou. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  4. ^ Δεκαέξι «σκιώδεις υπουργούς» έχρισε ο Τσίπρας [Tsipras appoints 16 shadow ministers]. Ethnos (in Greek). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
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