Martha Giannakopoulou is an independent expert on Architecture, urban design and innovation. Graduated with an Architectural and urban design degree from the Architectural Association of Architecture in London in 2001 with a scholarship and was awarded the William Glover Award. Currently, she is a validated Urbact expert on Housing, a UIA expert on housing for the city of Gent and a consultant for UNDP on urban mobility. She has extensive experience in urban planning, architecture, and innovative urban planning practices with a strong focus on current European participatory methodologies. Her expertise includes projects with a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Athens municipality- Greece, international NGOs on refugee urban shelter strategies and civil society organizations. She has led and facilitated numerous participatory workshops on innovative urban planning strategies focusing on urban resilience and sustainability. She is a founding member of IF- [untitled] architects, an architectural team based in London and Athens that has completed various architectural projects internationally. As a Fulbright scholar, she worked at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Development in New York on urban development issues and has given many lectures on participative planning, sustainability and urban development at architectural and developmental conferences. She has taught and has worked as a visiting critic with the Architectural Association, London Met, East London, Columbia University, Parsons and The Cooper Union.