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Panayiota I. Pyla holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002) and a Master's of Science in Architectural Studies also from MIT, where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Student Award (1994). Pyla received a professional degree in Architecture from Rensselaer, where she was awarded First Prize for design thesis, along with the AIA School Medal (1991). In 2002 she joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as an Assistant Professor teaching courses in architectural design and in the theory of modern architecture-urbanism. From 2006-present Pyla is at the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus. Pyla's research has an interdisciplinary scope and combines theoretical concerns about architectural design with practical concerns about sustainability as both a technical-economic issue and a societal-cultural issue. Her current research focuses particularly on the intersections of architecture with sustainable development, and she is preparing a book on this topic, to be published by a University Press in the USA. As part of these research endeavours, she also organized an international symposium titled "Landscapes of Development: Modernization and Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean" which took place a at Harvard University, where she was a Fellow (2004), and she is the editor of a publication with the same title (in Print). At the University of Cyprus she organized a symposium on "Architecture, Development and the Knowledge Society" (2007). Her essays and research articles appear in several edited volumes and academic journals, including the Journal of Architecturral Education (where in 2008 she received the Best Article Award), the Journal of Planning History, and DoCoMoMo.