Vilma Hastaoglou-Martinidis, PhD, is Professor Emerita of the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied architecture in Thessaloniki and urbanism and urban sociology in Paris (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales).

She has lectured in various Universities in Europe and the USA, and she presently teaches in the post-graduate program of Conservation and Restoration of Monuments, of the Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She has authored numerous articles and books on urban history and planning of the Greek and Eastern Mediterranean cities in the late nineteenth and the twentieth century, among which several studies on the refugees’ establishment in the interwar Greece.

Her research interests are focused on the transformation of the physical structure of the city after catastrophic events and include town planning, urban modernization and and heritage preservation. A large part of her research was commissioned by national and European institutions.