Despina continued postgraduate studies in Planning at the Planning Department of the AA. Also from the AA, she obtained her Master and Doctorate in “Architecture – Energy & Environment”. She is the president of the International Solar Energy Society of Cyprus (ISES), member of the Executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors of ISES-Europe of which she was the president.
She has acted as a consultant for the Cyprus Government and Parliament and has been the national scientific representative of the National Scientific and Technical Co-operations with Greece and China. She gives lectures at National and international Universities and Institutes. She is a reviewer for scientific journals and international conferences. She has a lot of publications and she was honored with a lot of scholarships, awards, and offices.
Dr. Kyprianou chairs and participates in organizing and scientific committees of International and National conferences, seminars, and congresses of which she is invited plenary or and keynote speaker and presents papers. She worked for many years at the Higher Technical Institute and has been involved in research working in the field of bioclimatic architecture and energy conscious building design for sustainable indoor and outdoor environments, for over 25 years.
The results of her research for “Zero Energy for the Cyprus House” hit the headlines of the Cyprus press, and were reported internationally. The architectural design and concepts of her research have been presented and discussed at international congresses, forums, and conferences and most of it has been published in international journals and proceedings.
Despina teaches on the undergraduate programme the subject of “The Built Environment” and on the postgraduate programme “Management of Renewable Sources” the subjects of “Energy Management and Sustainability in the Urban Environment”, “Sustainability in the Built Environment” and “Energy Efficiency and Energy Auditing”. She is the scientific coordinator of the EC MED programme, “TEENERGY- Energy Efficient Schools” and in the research project (ENAK-TEPAK, Energy Efficiency of Academic-Educational Buildings).
She participates in the Marie Curie SOLNET programme of which she is a member of the three member Consulting Committee and gives lectures on the doctorate course “Renewable Energies & Energy Efficiency” (SOLNET-Kassel University, Germany). She was also the scientific coordinator of the 6th FW programme “Low Energy Hotels for Southern Europe” and of the EC 5th FW programme “Brundtland Cities Energy Network”.