Alexandra Lesk PhD
Alexandra comes from Vancouver, Canada. She completed a Biochemistry and Classical Archaeology double major at Dartmouth College, pursued a Masters degree at Oxford and then a PhD at the University of Cincinnati in Classical Archaeology.
She spent many a summer excavating in Italy, Greece and Turkey prior to living in Athens for two years while completing the field work for her PhD thesis on the Erechtheion. While writing her thesis she taught archaeology at the University of Nottingham and directed an excavation in central Greece.
She has presented her research at several international conferences and has published many well-received articles based on her masters and doctoral research. Alex has recently returned to her roots in Vancouver where she lives with her husband and two children, and teaches English and History.
She remains passionate about the building that fired her imagination and challenged her so deeply and is committed to the programme project, for which her knowledge, as well as her engaging personality, make her the ideal presenter.
From a background in graphic design for print and later as an
agency art director, John went on to form a design partnership
based in the heart of the UK post-production world – Soho,
London, providing the UK film industry with creative
John has produced work for over 100 feature film projects, as well as a multitude of commercials, communication programmes and various business to business shorts and training films. He has worked with extraordinarily talented directors such as Ridley Scott, Mike Figgis, Elias Merhige, Alex Cox and Danny Boyle. His credits are too many to list but include work on: Aliens, Clockwise, Sid and Nancy, Gothic, Legend, Shadow of the Vampire, A Life Less Ordinary, Wilde and Leaving Las Vegas.
His work in graphic design, title design and illustration stimulated John’s interest in computer generated images, 3D illustration and animation, and it’s applications to industries outside film production, particularly architecture and archaeology. In turn this interest became a consuming passion and kick-started his quest to bring life to the Hellenistic architecture of Greece.
Saina is an award-winning copywriter and producer who was just starting out when the impact of ILR (independent local radio) hit the advertising and communications world and opened up new frontiers.
Experienced in managing the complexities of production for business and corporate needs as well as advertising and below the line communication, Saina has completed documentaries with crews working in London and Los Angeles simultaneously, put together conference materials to celebrate success and train personnel, written lyrics and campaigns that literally blocked local radio station telephone lines when first aired and challenged the pre-conceived notion held by many agencies that a good TV commercial has to cost a fortune.
Saina has worked together with both Phil and John on many projects, and is appreciative of the shortcuts that such longstanding working relationships add to communication within a team.
When John called her about his project, Saina was delighted to find that, yet again, she and John have the same discipline and dedication to producing the best materials, in the most efficient way. This project is for broadcast programming, and Saina is determined to apply the same stringent values used in the commercial sector to achieve the desired result.
When they met Saina was immediately convinced that Alexandra is the perfect presenter for the programme. She brings a depth of knowledge and unstinting passion, without which the programme could be just another travelogue with an aside to the mysteries of archaeology.
As a marketing services manager for travel organisations and then an account director for a London agency, Phil has worked in most disciplines involved in marketing communications. His forte is team work mixed with management of people with complex creative skills.
Much of his work on the ‘client side’ involved liaising with communication production teams, writers and designers and the other managers at his companies.
For Phil the essence of effective dissemination, in other words getting the message across, is based on communicating clear propositions with prominent features and benefits. His philosophy that communication is a vital aspect of life and successful communication is based on listening and understanding, underpins everything he does. Phil also has close links with music - as a professional performer, composer and producer.
He sees this as another facet of communication, another way to gift knowledge to those who listen. He has known and worked with John Goodinson since his early days in marketing, has worked with co-producer Saina on projects and programmes and is a key member of the team, valued for his experience, calm approach to difficult questions and straightforward methods of administration.
Advisors to the project
Peter Schultz received his BA in Art History, Philosophy and Classics from Concordia in 1994 and his MA in Art History from Vanderbilt University in 1997. A PhD in Classical Archaeology was Peter's last qualification, taken from the University of Athens in 2003.
Dr. Schultz has held advanced fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung and the American School of Classical Studies, Athens. He is the editor at Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context (with Ralf von den Hoff; 2007 Cambridge University Press), Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Ritual, Context, Iconography (with Jesper Jensen, George Hinge and Bronwen Wickkiser; 2009 Århus University Press), Structure, Image, Ornament: Architectural Sculpture in the Greek World (with Ralf von den Hoff; 2009 Oxbow Press) as well as the author of numerous articles on Athenian art, architecture and topography.
His primary research interests include Greek sculpture and architecture, archaeological theory, Macedonian history before Alexander and modern Greek poetry and landscape. Peter is currently completing monographs on the sculptural program of the temple of Athena Nike in Athens and on the social history of Greek art, both for Cambridge University Press.
Peter’s expertise and extensive knowledge about the specific cultures and politics, along with the archaeological findings and Athenian art add more depth to our work. Known for his ability to see things in a somewhat different light to many of his colleagues, Peter is an invaluable member of the team who not only lends enormous experience and is prepared to air new views, question the status quo and push for new approaches to standard concepts.
An archaeologist at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Yannis Kourtzellis has been working at the XXth Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities for twelve years, mainly on the island of Lesbos.
A team member of many excavations in Mytilene, the capital city of Lesbos, and Methymna, on the island of Lemnos, Yannis has had the privilege to reveal previously unknown areas of ancient history and civilisation.
His work spans public and private classical buildings, sanctuaries, classical and roman cemeteries, archaic laboratories, geometrical residential areas, roman baths and late classical harbours. He has attended and participated in many international conferences, where his essays and articles have been published by international journals following peer review during conference proceedings. Yannis’ postgraduate studies focus on cultural informatics and communication.
He is astonished and perplexed by the leaps in technology that now enable visualisation of
archaeological sites and buildings that could bring the past to life not only for the scientists, but also for the public.
He is astounded by the artistic and creative endeavours of 3D modellers, particularly our project leader John Goodinson, with whom Yannis has a close and effective working relationship. However, Yannis is also perplexed by the lack of understanding shown by many archaeologists about the revolution that good 3D modelling and reconstruction could bring.
Yannis is an important advisor and collaborator, as a fellow 3D modeller he understands the trials and tribulations of 3D animation and reconstruction, while as an expert in his field Yannis continues to advise and support the project as a whole.