Dr. Kostas A. Damianidis has graduated from the Architect School of National Technical University of Athens in 1984. His Doctoral Thesis on “Vernacular boats and boat building in Greece” was submitted at the University of St. Andrews, U.K. in 1990.
He is currently research director of the project “Virtual Historic Sailing Ships” in the Institute of Mediterranean Studies /FORTH from 2020.
He was research director in several projects including the following:
- “The pinus brutia species of pine, used in wooden boatbuilding, and the traditional logging on Samos”, organized by Cultural Foundation of Samos “Nikolaos Dimitriou”, 2013-2014.
- “Study of ancient ship Samaina” organized by Cultural Foundation of Samos “Nikolaos Dimitriou”, Department of Mathematics of the Aegean University, and Association for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology (EMAE/Technical Chamber of Greece), 2007-2008.
- “Contemporary shipbuilding Tradition of the Eastern Mediterranean Countries” organized by NEORION KEK in collaboration with the University of Zagreb and the Malta Maritime Museum, 1997.
- "Atlas of Traditional Crafts in the Eastern Mediterranean (18th-19thC.)", organized by Hellenic Maritime Museum in collaboration with Μultimedia Electronic Publishing (MEP), Maritime Museum of Dubrovnik and Centro Culturale Polivalente - Antiquarium Del Mare, 1996-1998.
- “Evolution of wooden shipbuilding in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 18th and 19th centuries” organized by the Ministry of Culture, the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Hellenic Maritime Museum, under the auspices of UNESCO, 1992-1995.
- “Comparative Research on the Vernacular Boats and Boatbuilding between the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea”. UNESCO “Hirayama Silk Roads Fellowship”, 1991.
He is the author and the editor of several books and articles on the history of shipbuilding and maritime tradition of the Aegean and the Black Sea, including the following:
- “The Use of Ribbands in the Recent Shipbuilding Tradition”, in Archaeonautica 20, CNRS EDITIONS, Paris 2018, pp.183-194.
- “Nea Koutali Museum of Maritime Tradition and Sponge fishing”, Editor and Co-author, published in Greek and English by Municipality of Limnos, Athens 2015.
- “Navs: Ships and Shipbuilding in the Greek World”, Editor and coauthor, published in Greek by Piraeus Bank, Athens 2014.
- “Study on Ancient Ship-Graffiti from the Black Sea and the Aegean” in the proceedings of “Sea power, Technology and Trade: Studies in Turkish Maritime History”, Piri Reis University Publications, Istanbul 2014, pp.: 450-9.
- “The pine from Samos and the traditional wood for boatbuilding”, Editor and Co-author, published in Greek by the “N. Dimitriou Cultural Foundation of Samos”, Athens 2013.
- “3D Survey in the Archaic Ship Model H90 form Samos” in the proceedings of “13th International Symposium on Boats and Ship Archaeology / Ships and Maritime Landscapes”, Amsterdam 2012.
- “Byzantine Ship Graffiti in the Kilise Mescidi of Amasra” in the proceedings of the “12th International Symposium on Boats and Ship Archaeology / Between Continents”, Istanbul 2009. pp.: 135-139.
- “Roman Ship Graffiti in the Tower of the Winds in Athens”, in «Journal Archaologisches Korrespondenzblatt», νο.41.1, 2011, pp.: 85 – 99.
- “Chains of Technology Transfer in the Traditional Shipbuilding of the Black Sea”, in the proceedings of “Transfers Technologiques en Architecture Naval Méditerranéenne de l’ Antiquité aux Temps Modernes: Identité Technique et Identité Culturelle”, Istanbul 2007, pp.: 161-173.
- "Pereme Kutugu” from Inebolu: "The Last Shell First Construction Survived in the Black Sea”, co-author with Husein Coban, "5th International Symposium on Ship Construction in Antiquity – TROPIS V", Αθήνα, 1999.
- “Greek Sponge Fishing vessels”, in Shipbuilding and ships in thw Eastern Mediterranean during the 18th and 19th Centuries, Chios 1999.
- “Methods to Develop a common Typology of Traditional vessel in the Mediterranean”, in Navi di Legno: evoluzione tecnica e sviluppo della cantieristica nel Mediterraneo dal XVI secolo a oggi, Grado 1998.
- Methods Used to Control the Form of the Vessels in the Greek Traditional Boatyards, in “Technology, Ideologies and Practiques”, Universite de Provance, 1998 pp. 217-244.
- “Maritime Tradition in the Aegean / Boatyards and wooden vessels” catalog of exhibition, Ministry of the Aegean, Athens 1997.
- “Shipbuilding and Ships in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 18th and 19th Centuries”, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, 1999.
- “Greek Traditional Boatbuilding’’, Athens 1996, reprinted in 2002 and 2013.
- “Methods for Controlling the Form of Vessels During Shipbuilding in the Eastern Mediterranean – 18th and 19th Centuries” in The Evolution of Wooden Shipbuilding in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 18th and 19th centuries, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, 1993.
- “Planking up a Carvel Boat in the Aegean” in “III Symposium on Boats and Ships Archaeology, Amsterdam 1990.
He was curator of several permanent and temporary exhibitions of Maritime Museums including the following:
- “Museum of Aegean Boatbuilding and Maritime crafts”, Municipality of Eastern Samos, 2012-2022.
- “The Ancient Ship Samaina”, exhibition organized by the Municipality of Samos and opened on Samos, Cyprus and Athens, 2008-2010.
- “Nea Koutali Museum of Maritime Tradition & Sponge Fishing”, Municipality of Lemnos, 2006-2015.
- “Maritime Tradition in the Aegean / Boatyards and wooden vessels” exhibition organized by the Ministry of the Aegean and opened on Athens, Chios, Samos, Kalymnos, Rhodes, Syros, Lesvos, Lemnos, Thessaloniki, Volos, Andros, Paros, Oinousses and Skiathos,1997-2020.
- “Museum of Fishing Boats of Perama”, Municipality of Perama / Piraeus, 2000-2001.
- “Evolution of wooden shipbuilding in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 18th and 19th centuries”, organized by the Ministry of Culture, the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Hellenic Maritime Museum, opened in Athens, 1995.
He is consultant on wooden boatbuilding projects for the Ministry of Culture and he was the director of several projects on restoration of traditional wooden boats for Museums and private owners.