Tzortzi Kali

Assistant Professor

Office: Δ1.12

Undergraduate courses

Graduate courses


Scientist in charge for cooperation with:


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), University College London (UCL). Title of thesis: «The interaction between building layout and exhibition layout in museums»
  • MA in Museology, École du Louvre, Paris
  • MA in Classical Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Thessaloniki
  • First degree in History and Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Thessaloniki
  • Short biographical sketch

Research interests

  • theory of museum design
  • relations of architecture and museology
  • spatial design of museums, with emphasis on innovative cases
  • functioning and use of museum space
  • behaviour and experience of visitors
  • the display as a communication medium
  • new technologies in museums
  • museums in their urban context
  • human remains as museum exhibits
  • contemporary issues of museum policy and design

Selected publications


  • Tzortzi, K. (2015). Museum Space. London; New York: Routledge. 314 pages.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2013). Museum space: where architecture meets museology. Athens: Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation. 400 pages (in Greek)
  • Tzortzi, K. (2001). The Temple of Apollo Epikourios. Journey in space and time. Athens: Ministry of Culture.  [Greek edition (2001), German edition (2002)] 80 pages.

Papers and Chapters

  • Tzortzi, K. (2018). Human remains, museum space and the ‘poetics of exhibiting’. University Museums and Collections Journal (UMACJ) 10, 23-34.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2017). The Museum, a Building in and for the City. An Exploration from a Spatial Point of View. In: Art Centre Basel, Katharina Beisiegel, eds. New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges, Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 194-202.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2017). Engaging Space. Lo spazio come tecnologia per il museo inclusivο. In: L. Basso Peressut, A. Longo, C. Rabbiosi, P. Salvadeo, dir. Forme dell’inclusività. Pratiche, spazi, progetti. Maggioli Editore. 155-169.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2017). Museum architectures for embodied experience, Museum Management and Curatorship, 32 (5), 491-508.
  • Tzortzi, K., and Fatah gen. Schieck, A. (2017). Rethinking museum space: interaction between spatial layout design and digital sensory environments. In: T. Heitor, dir. Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium. Lisbon, 3–7 July 2017. Lisbon: University of Lisbon. 31.1-31.15.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2017). Interroger le rôle le de l’espace dans le musée. La Lettre de l’OCIM, 169, Janvier-Février, 12–18.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2016). Displaying cities: museum space as a presentational device, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, 7 (1), 91-109.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2016). From the real to the virtual: the spatiality of the museum on its website. DigitCult: Scientific Journal on Digital Cultures, 1 (2), 67-84.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2015). The museum and the city: Towards a new architectural and museological model for the museum? City, Culture and Society, 6 (4), 109-115.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2015). Building meaning: How architecture affects our experience of museums, ICOM News, 68 (2), 8-9.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2014). Movement in museums: mediating between museum intent and visitor experience, Museum Management and Curatorship, 29 (4), 327-348.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2012). Designer choices, museum experiences. In: M.Ballarin and M.Dalla Mura (eds.) The Museum and the Design Disciplines, Venezia: Università IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia), 33-56.
  • Tzortzi, K. (2012). Museums in historic buildings: an excuse for a discussion about the strategic importance of the architectural design of museum space, Tetradia Mouseiologias (Greek Journal on Museum Studies) n.8, 13-23. (in Greek)
  • Tzortzi, K. (2010). The Art Museum as a City or a Machine for Showing Art?, Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ), Cambridge University Press, vol.14, n.2, 129-138.
  • Hillier, B., and Tzortzi, K. (2006). Space syntax: The Language of Museum Space. In: Sh.Macdonald (ed.) A Companion to Museum Studies, Maiden; London: Blackwell Publishing, 282-301. (Also in Greek published by Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, 2012)