Marina Karamali graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL with a BSc in Architecture in 2008.
Her first attempt towards an architectural composition borrowed notions from the world of cinema and more specifically from Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds, Rear Window and Vertigo and attempted to translate them into the architectural space of a Los Angeles hotel.
Towards the close of her final year’s project she ventured into the field of “non-permanent” architecture, when influenced by the ‘Blur Building’ by Diller and Scofidio, she designed her own fog and water screens as part of a project for a School of Film Studies, in Tangiers; an occasion that allowed her to experiment with the particulars necessary to produce mock ups of these screens.
Through these projects, and in relation to her attendance to a short course on Filmmaking at Central St. Martins, she theoretically and practically explored the relationship between ‘moving image’ and ‘static building’ by drawing parallels on film and architecture.
She then worked as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at BETA PLAN Architects and Planners, in Athens, Greece. While there she was involved in a number of different projects, such as the Costa Navarino Hotel Development at Messinia, the Thessaloniki Underground and the Museum of Greek Folk Art in the listed area at the centre of Athens.
She then attended a Masters Degree course in Architecture and Digital Media at the University of Westminster, where she graduated with a distinction in 2010. Her thesis project focused on the exhibition space of contemporary museum design and proposed an architecture including interactive/responsive conditions for a more experiential and educational visit.
During the first Diploma Year she explored the notion of fetish which translated in an architectural proposal in Moscow. Currently she attends the second Diploma Year at the University of Westminster in London.