Nikolas Bakirtzis (Art History PhD, Princeton) is Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia. His research and publications concentrate in the art and architecture of the urban and rural landscapes of the Byzantine, Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean. His current research interests address cultural heritage in historic Mediterranean cities, perceptions of medieval architecture in the modern period and aspects of the materiality of medieval art. He was awarded a Mellon Postdoc at Columbia University (2006-8), a Marie Curie IRG Grant (2009-13), to pursue a comparative study of medieval architecture in Mediterranean islands and a Princeton Seeger Center in Hellenic Studies Visiting Fellowship (2013). He participated in the American Academy in Rome Framing Medieval Mediterranean Art project (2014-15), supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative, and, was a Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar (2016) pursuing research on the ways 19th and 20th century colonial and national ideologies framed the art and architecture of Mediterranean Cities.