Researcher

Dr Yannis Zavoleas

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural History and Theory, Digital and Interaction Design

Biography

Dr Yannis Zavoleas explores the idea of means as "tools for thought," by also combining new technologies and interdisciplinary themes with core architectural theory, practice, and discourse. Author of Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture (Futura 2013 – in Greek); co-editor Surface: Digital Materiality and the New Relation between Depth and Surface (EAAE 2013). Research outputs in architecture, theory, technology,...view more

Dr Yannis Zavoleas explores the idea of means as "tools for thought," by also combining new technologies and interdisciplinary themes with core architectural theory, practice, and discourse. Author of Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture (Futura 2013 – in Greek); co-editor Surface: Digital Materiality and the New Relation between Depth and Surface (EAAE 2013). Research outputs in architecture, theory, technology, computation, bio-digital architecture, media, communications and art (Routledge, Thresholds, Nexus Network Journal, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Bio-Digital Architecture & Genetics, KINE[SIS]TEM, ASA, CAADRIA, ECAADE). Advisory / editorial board for EAAE, ASA, CAADRIA, CommonGround, AEDES and Next Generation Building; Best PhD Thesis of 2011 (School of Architectural Engineering, National Technical University of Athens); Best Paper Award, 6th International Conference Geometry and Graphics Mongeometrija (Serbian Society for Geometry & Graphics SUGIG, Novi Sad 2018); PVC’s Award for Excellence in Research Creative Works (Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment University of Newcastle, 2014); won one competition in interactive storytelling (SONY/MIT, 2001); awarded in two architectural competitions; has taught architectural design, digital media and design theory at University of New South Wales (since 2018), University of Cyprus (2018), The University of Newcastle (2013-2018), University of Patras (2008-2013) and Technical University of Crete (2004-2008); has taught courses and seminars in design research and theory at The University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany (2016), University of New South Wales (2016) and Architectural Association London (2012); has organised several workshops in architectural design, theory and computation (Bio-Shelters, Re-Morphing the Amorphous, Code AB-USE I&II, Digital Species, Un-Built, Digital Materiality, EAAE Architectural Theory Group); has presented in thirteen architectural exhibitions and three short-film festivals. Studied architectural design, theory and media at MIT (MSc, 2004), UCLA (MArch, 2000) and NTUA (PhD, 2011, professional degree, 1996).


My Grants

Research Grants

Bio-Shelters: Designing Reef Habitats at the Sydney Harbour. Improving Water Quality and Biodiversity in the Bays Precinct through Designing Novel Bio-Shelters Using Dynamic Data-Driven Approaches. Funding body: Urban Growth New South Wales. 112,282.96AU$  (2018-2019).

Advanced Topics in Computational Design: Dynamic Simulation Assisting Creativity in Architectural Design Research. Funding body: Dortmund University of Applied Sciences & Arts. 6,000€ (2016).


My Qualifications

Ph.D. NTUA in Architectural Design Theory, National Technical University of Athens (2011).

Announced “Best Study of the Year.” Dissertation: Machine & Network. Technology as Metaphor in Architecture. Supervisor: Prof. Tournikiotis,P.

M.Sc. MIT in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004).

Research Thesis: Representing, Replicating, Replacing. Dilemmas of Artistic Evaluation in the Media Age: Duchamp’s Fountain & Its Changing Artifactual & Artistic Status. Supervisor: Prof. Uricchio,W.

M.Arch. UCLA in Architectural Design, University of California, Los Angeles (2000).

Design Thesis Project: Gallery of the Senses. Supervisor: Prof. Lee,M.

Professional Degree NTUA in Architectural Engineering, School of Architecture (1996).


My Awards

Best Paper Award From Cartesian to Topological Geometry: Challenging Flatness in Architecture. Presented at 6th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics Mongeometrija. Serbian Society for Geometry and Graphics SUGIG, Novi Sad, Serbia (2018).

Pro Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Creative Works. Project: "Bio-Structuralism," Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Australia (2014).

Short-listed. Re-think Athens Architectural Competition. Visions and objectives for the City of Athens of 2016. Project "Top-Down" (2013).

Distinction DOMES 2012 International Review of Architecture. Project: "Nested Living Rooms," Moscow. Ranked 4th, Best Project of 2010-2. Jurors: Abalos,I., Ferlenga,A., Frampton,K. Athens, Greece (2012).

Award Office of Graduate Students, for academic performance in 2002-3, MIT (2003-4).

Honourable mention architectural competition Ephemeral Structures in the City of Athens for Olympic Games 2004. Cultural Olympiad / UIA. "City-Leisure Generators Activities," Fecund City-Scapes (2003).

Short-list film competition, Senses. History/Theory/Criticism, Dept. of Architecture, MIT (2003-4).

1st prize competition "Interactive storytelling," Transference of 'Survivors' to online game, SONY/ΜΙΤ (2001).

Special mention for lecturing at "Thinking Gender" conference, UCLA (2000).

Distinction for architectural project, Urban Transitions, UCLA (1999).


My Research Activities

Head organiser project Bio-Shelters: Designing Reef Habitats at the Sydney Harbour, University of New South Wales Computational Design & Biomedical Engineering / University of Macquarie / Reef Design Lab/World Harbour Project. Funded by LandCom & NSW Urban Growth. Sydney, Australia (since 2018).

Head organiser project RAW by Design, The University of Newcastle School of Architecture in collaboration with Tom Farrell Institute dedicated to environmental research for a sustainable future. Co-organiser: Stevens,P. Newcastle, Australia (since 2016).

Head organiser workshop Re-morphing the Amorphous. Creating New Urban Substance. Research project Advanced Topics in Computational Design: Dynamic Simulation Techniques Assisting Creativity in Architectural Design Research, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany (2016).

Organised workshop Metabolic City: The Permanence of Temporary Actions, Ctrl_Space Lab, Athens. Co-organisers: Patsavos,N., Tsesmetzis,V. (2016).

Head organizer project Bio-structuralism biological structures adapted to architecture. Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Creative Works, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, The University of Newcastle (2014).

Head organiser workshop What if, Ctrl_Space Lab, Athens. Co-organiser: Patsavos,N. (2014).

Organised workshop Interface, Ctrl_Space Lab, Athens. Co-organisers: Patsavos,N., Tsesmetzis,V. Lectured via teleconference (2014).

Organised workshop Works in Progress, Ctrl_Space Lab, Athens. Co-organisers: Patsavos,N., Panagi,M. (2014).

Head organiser project code AB-USE. Future Traditions: Rethinking Traditions, 1st eCAADe Regional International Research Meeting, Porto (2013).

Head organiser workshop code AB-USE II School of Architecture, University of Patras (2013).

Head organiser workshop code AB-USE. eCAADe Digital Physicality|Physical Digitality, Prague (2012).

Head organiser workshop AB-USE Computation in Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Patras. Co-organisers: Symeonidou,I., Stroumpakos,V., Pappas,V., Zisimopoulos,D. (2012).

Head organiser workshop Code Species: Radical Experiments with Scripting in Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Patras. Co-organiser: Stroumpakos,V. (2012).

Head organiser seminar Architecture & Technology: Conditions & Limits of the Metaphor, "Machine" & "Machine/Network Compound," History & Critical Thinking, Architectural Association, London (2012).

Advisory Board, panel coordinator, workshop head Sur-face: Digital Materiality & the New Relation Between Depth & Surface as a Challenge for Architectural Education, 5th EAAE-ENHSA Workshop on Architectural Theory, School of Architecture/Center of Mediterranean Architecture CMA, Crete (2010).

Organised workshop Un-built event series, "Line – Geometric Transformations – Distortions – Organism – New Order," Athens Byzantine & Christian Museum (2008).

Head Organiser workshop Spatial ID-entity, Technical University of Crete, European student exchange program BEST (2007).

Co-organised workshop Built Event III, CMA, Chania. Organisers: Oraiopoulos,Ph. & Antonas,A. Lectured "Discourse of the Method: A Semantic Approach of the Architectural Problem" (2006).


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Dynamic Simulation Directed to Socio-Cultural and Environmental Design Factors

Variation & Progression of Systems & Sustainable Development, Adaptation in Architecture & Urban Design

Resilient Structures & Schemes of Geo-Biological Origin, Metabolic Functions, Bio-structuralism.


My Teaching

Full-time Faculty member since 2004, taught 60 different courses in architectural design, digital media and design theory at University of New South Wales (2018-current), University of Cyprus (2018), The University of Newcastle (2013-2018), University of Patras (2008-2016, tenured) and Technical University of Crete (2004-2008). Member of teaching committees at School and Faculty level. Has managed curricula, prepared new courses and contributed to the advancement of teaching methods and content.

Has also taught courses and seminars in design, architectural theory & computation University of Applied Sciences & Arts Dortmund (2016), University of New South Wales (2016), Architectural Association London (2012).

Has organised over 20 workshops in architectural design, theory, computation (Bio-Shelters, Re-morphing the Amorphous, Code AB-USE I&II, Digital Species, Un-built, Digital Materiality, EAAE Architectural Theory Group).

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