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Marios C. Phocas received his Diplom degree in Architecture including in depth studies in Building Technology and Structural Design from the University of Stuttgart in 1995 and completed his doctorate in Architecture, on earthquake resistant structural building design, at the Institute of Structural Systems and Structural Building Design (ITKE) of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the University of Stuttgart in 1999. Prior to the present appointment as Assistant Professor and Interim Head of the Program of Architecture at the University of Cyprus, he was Main Research Associate, Academic Teaching Consultant and extraordinary Dozent at the ITKE of the University of Stuttgart, from 1996 until 2004. In parallel his professional record since 1995 as an Architect and Consulting Engineer in Germany addressed the areas of architectural, structural and construction design. His teaching and research activities cover the areas of architectural design, building technology and structural design and control. He is the author and co-author of five books on structural and construction design of high-rise buildings and earthquake resistance design. Additional publications deal with architectural design analysis, steel buildings, structural control and earthquake isolation.