Dr. Nikolas Bakirtzis
Associate Professor, Director of APAC Laboratories and Doctoral Program in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage
Nikolas Bakirtzis is Associate Professor and Director of the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories(APAC Labs) at the Cyprus Institute (CyI) in Nicosia. He is also Director of CyI's Science and Technology in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage doctoral program. With a PhD in Art and Architectural History from Princeton University, his research, teaching and publications concentrate in the art and architecture of the urban and rural landscapes of the Byzantine, Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean. More recently, his research has focused on the application of advanced imaging and analytical methods to study the materiality of Medieval and Early Modern Art in the context of the establishment of APAC Labs at CYI, the perception and appropriation of Medieval art and heritage in Mediterranean cities as well as the impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage coordinating the relevant Task Force in the context of the Cyprus Republic's Regional Initiative for Climate Change.
He has been Resident Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koc University in Istanbul (2005-2006), Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology (2006-2008). He was also Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Research Associate at the Center for World Heritage Sites of the University of Minnesota (2008-2009). In 2009, Dr. Bakirtzis was awarded a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant by the European Commission and joined CyI to direct the project 'Tracing Identity in the Eastern Mediterranean; A Digital Survey of Late Medieval Monuments in the Eastern Mediterranean Islands'. In 2013 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and during the 2015 summer term he joined Columbia University’s Global Program in Istanbul as Visiting Faculty. In the Spring of 2016, he was Getty Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and in 2017 he was awarded a Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories grant along with D. Fairchild Ruggles to pursue a two-year program focusing on the layered art histories of historic Mediterranean cities. His work has also been supported by grants and fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks, the European Commission, the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation.