IOANNA DOROVINIS is an architect (M.Sc. Columbia Un. NYC), specialist in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Settlements (M.A. York (website: hidden)), with a PhD in History of Architecture (Athens Polytechnique Un.).
The village of Anatoli in Ierapetra Crete was the last stop in her long journey for the safeguard of Cretan Architectural Heritage, for which she has devoted the last 20 years of her career by the Ministry of Planning, Department of Traditional Settlements.
When she first visited the village, in 1997, in an autumn rainy day, the ruins and the landscape around exerted such strong influence to her that she decided to buy a house in Crete, the PASIPHAE HOUSE, and convert it into a family resort. Another house, the KALLIRHOE (today sold) soon followed and as the merits, beauty and diversity of local architectural patterns were revealed, more ruined houses were bought and restored-SMARAGDA HOUSE and AMALTHEIA COFFEE- RESTAURANT LOUNGE- and were added to the family business, while other owners were inspired to save and restore their houses.
She is the writer of many articles concerning architectural heritage, while her doctorate thesis will soon be published under the title “The Domestic Architecture of Mytilene, Lesbos island, (1830-1920) Historical background-City Planning-Architecture”.