Yannis Zavoleas

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

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).

Journal articles
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Zavoleas Y; Taylor M, 2021, 'New Relevancies Between Cultural Context and Spatial Discourse: An Evolution of Patterns through Methods, Models and Techniques', Nexus Network Journal, vol. 23, pp. 5 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00004-020-00545-6
2021
Zavoleas Y; Taylor M, 2021, 'Patterns and Spatial Organisation: Culture, History and Future Perspectives', Nexus Network Journal, vol. 23, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00004-021-00548-x
2021
Zavoleas Y, 2021, 'Patterns of nature: Bio-systemic design thinking in meeting sustainability challenges of an increasingly complex world', Developments in the Built Environment, vol. 7, pp. 100048 - 100048, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dibe.2021.100048
2021
Zavoleas Y; White M; Haeusler M, 2020, 'Simulation of Plant-Agent Interactions in a Landscape Information Model', Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, vol. 5-2020, pp. 188 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.14627/537690020
2020
Zavoleas Y; Haeusler M; Dunn K; Bishop M; Dafforn K; Schaefer N; Sedano F; Yu DK, 2020, 'Designing Bio-Shelters: Improving Water Quality and Biodiversity in the Bays Precinct through Dynamic Data-Driven Approaches', Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, vol. 5-2020, pp. 521 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.14627/537690053
2020
Trilsbeck M; Gardner N; Fabbri A; Haeusler MH; Zavoleas Y; Page M, 2019, 'Meeting in the middle: Hybrid clay three-dimensional fabrication processes for bio-reef structures', International Journal of Architectural Computing, vol. 17, pp. 148 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1478077119849655
2019
Zavoleas Y; Taylor M, 2019, 'From Cartesian to Topological Geometry: Challenging Flatness in Architecture', Nexus Network Journal, vol. 21, pp. 5 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00004-018-0414-8
2019
Zavoleas Y; McGinley T; Hoshi K; Gruber P; Haddy S; Tan L; Blaiklock D, 2016, 'A Katana Design Experience', Intersections in Simulation and Gaming, vol. 10711, pp. 134 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78795-4_10
2016
Zavoleas Y, 2012, 'Nested living rooms', DOMES Architectural Journal
2012
Zavoleas Y, 2009, 'Fountain mediated', The international journal for the arts in society
2009
Zavoleas Y, 2009, 'From Diagram to City: Archetypes of Integrated Spatial Organising (in Greek: Από το Δωμάτιο στην Πόλη: Αρχέτυπα Συνολικής Οργάνωσης του Χώρου)', Architektones, vol. Diagrams and ideograms in the designing of the house, pp. 42 - 45
2009
Zavoleas Y, 2009, 'Fountain Mediated: Marcel Duchamp’s Artwork and Its Adapting Material Content', The International Journal for the Arts in Society, vol. 3, pp. 77 - 86, http://www.arts-journal.com/
2009
Zavoleas Y, 2006, 'Fecund city-scapes', Thresholds
2006
Zavoleas Y; Kallipoliti L; Tsamis A; Fernandez J; Sinisterra MA; Tentokali V, 2006, 'Fecund City-Scapes', Thresholds, pp. 40 - 43, https://archive.org/details/thresholds312006mass/page/8
2006
Zavoleas Y, 2003, 'New Media and Representation in Space (in Greek: Νέα Μέσα Επικοινωνίας και Αναπαράσταση στο Χώρο', Architektones (Αρχιτέκτονες), vol. Jul-Aug, pp. 52 - 55
2003
Zavoleas Y, 2003, 'Ν\acuteεα μ\acuteεσα επικοινømegaν\acuteια\varsigma και αναπαρ´ασταση στο χ\acuteømegaρο', Architektones
2003
Conference Papers
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Davidova M; Zavoleas Y, 2020, 'Post-Anthropocene: The design after the human centered design age', in RE: Anthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 203 - 212, presented at RE: Anthropocene: Design in the Age of Humans, Bangkok, Thailand, 05 August 2020 - 06 August 2020
2020
Zavoleas Y; Brown L; Yip M; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Khean N; Ramos Jaime C, 2020, 'Drawing Recognition - Integrating Machine Learning Systems into Architectural Design Workflows', in Werner LC; Koering D (ed.), Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age, eCAADe & tredition GmbH, TU Berlin, pp. 289 - 298, presented at Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age, TU Berlin, 16 September 2020 - 18 September 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-10569.2
2020
Zavoleas Y; Hamilton W; Butler A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Ramos Jaime C, 2020, 'Keeping up with the Code - Communicating the Decision Making History of Architectural Scripts', in Werner LC; Koering D (ed.), Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the Cognitive Age - Proceedings of the 38th International Conference of the Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), eCAADe & tredition GmbH, TU Berlin, pp. 633 - 642, presented at Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age, TU Berlin, 16 September 2020 - 18 September 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-10569.2
2020
Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Rethinking BIM: Non-cartesian geometry through hybrid workflows', in Cruz P (ed.), International Conference on Structures and Architecture, CRC Press, London, pp. 681 - 688, presented at Fourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019), July 24-26, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal, 24 July 2019 - 26 July 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/9781315229126-81
2019
Sheldon A; Dobbs T; Fabbri A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Ramos C; Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Putting the AR in (AR)chitecture: Integrating Voice Recognition and Gesture Control for Augmented Reality Interaction to Enhance Design Practice', in Haeusler M; Schnabel MA; Fukuda T (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference, CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, pp. 475 - 484, presented at CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/caadria2019_081
2019
Camacho D; Dobbs T; Fabbri A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Hands On Design – Integrating Haptic Interaction and Feedback in Virtual Environments for Enhanced Immersive Experiences in Design Practice', in Haeusler M; Schnabel MA; Fukuda T (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - 24th CAADRIA Conference, CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, pp. 563 - 572, presented at Intelligent & Informed, Victoria University of Wellington, 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/caadria2019_647
2019
Dunn K; Haeusler M; Zavoleas Y; Bishop M; Dafforn K; Sedano F; Yu D; Schaefer N, 2019, 'Recycled Sustainable 3D Printing Materials for Marine Environments', in Souza X; Castro H (ed.), eCAADE/Sigradi & University of Porto, University of Porto, Portugal, pp. 583 - 592, presented at eCAADe 37/Sigradi 23: Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, University of Porto, Portugal, 11 September 2019 - 13 September 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/ecaadesigradi2019_641
2019
Green S; King G; Fabbri A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Designing out Urban Heat Islands: Optimisation of Footpath Materials with Different Albedo Value through Evolutionary Algorithms to Address Urban Heat Island Effect', in Haeusler M; Schnabel MA; Fukuda T (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference, CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, pp. 603 - 612, presented at CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/caadria2019_080
2019
NG JMY; Khean N; Madden D; Fabbri A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Optimising Image Classification: Implementation of Convolutional Neural Network Algorithms to Distinguish between Plans and Sections within the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AED) Industry', in Haeusler M; Schnabel MA; Fukuda T (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference, CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, pp. 795 - 804, presented at CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/caadria2019_126
2019
Johan R; Chernyavsky M; Fabbri A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Building Intelligence through Generative Design: Structural Analysis and Optimisation Informed by Material Performance', in Haeusler M; Schnabel MA; Fukuda T (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference, CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, pp. 371 - 380, presented at CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/caadria2019_104
2019
Zavoleas Y; White M; Haeusler M, 2019, 'Planting Design by Simulated Competition - A computational-ecological model for the selection and distribution of plant species on urban roof terraces', in Haeusler M; Schnabel MA; Fukuda T (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference, CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, pp. 31 - 40, presented at CAADRIA, Victoria University of Wellington, 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/caadria2019_070
2019
Erzetic C; Dobbs T; Fabbri A; Gardner N; Haeusler M; Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Enhancing User-Engagement in the Design Process through Augmented Reality Applications', in Xavier S; Castro H (ed.), eCAADe 37/Sigradi 23: Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, eCAADe/Sigradi & University of Porto, University of Porto, Portugal, pp. 423 - 432, presented at eCAADe 37/Sigradi 23: Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, University of Porto, Portugal, 11 September 2019 - 13 September 2019, http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/ecaadesigradi2019_027
2019
Zavoleas Y, 2017, 'Re-morphing the Amorphous. Creating New Urban Substance', in Osório FC; Oliveira MJ (ed.), Kine[sys]tem: From Nature to Architectural Matter, DINÂMIA’CET-IUL, Lisbon, University of Lisbon ISCTE, pp. 265 - 274, presented at Kine[sys]tem: From Nature to Architectural Matter, Lisbon, University of Lisbon ISCTE, 19 June 2017 - 20 June 2017, http://hdl.handle.net/10071/13603
2017
Zavoleas Y; Haeusler MH, 2017, 'Extended Modeling. Dynamic Approaches Applied to Design Reef Habitats at Sydney Harbour', in Fioravanti A; Cursi S; Elahmar S; Gargaro S; Loffreda G; Novembri G; Trento A (eds.), Shock: Sharing of Computable Knowledge, eCAADe / Dep. of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Sapienza University, pp. 67 - 74, presented at eCAADe - Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Rome, Sapienza University, 20 September 2017 - 22 September 2017, http://www.ecaade.org/prev-conf/archive/ecaade2017/ecaade2017.uniroma1.it/index.html
2017
Zavoleas Y, 2016, 'Rethinking Architectural Vocabulary. Organic Resolution via Integrated BIM Platforms', in Zuo J; Daniel L; Soebarto V (eds.), Revisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design and Practice, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide: The University of Adelaide, pp. 1 - 10, presented at Revisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design and Practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZASCA-ASA), Adelaide: The University of Adelaide, 06 December 2016 - 09 December 2016, https://anzasca.net/category/conference-papers/2016-conference-papers/
2016
Zavoleas Y, 2016, 'The biological model and the bio-type : Dynamic simulation tools defining architectural components', in Chien SF; Choo S; Schnabel MA; Nakapan W; Kim MJ; Roudavski S (eds.), CAADRIA 2016, 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, CAADRIA-ASSOC COMPUTER-AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN RESEARCH ASIA, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, pp. 197 - 206, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2016
Zavoleas Y, 2015, 'The Model and Its Operative Significance in Architecture', in Drawford RH; Stephan A (ed.), Living & Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment, Melbourne: University of Melbourne, pp. 1065 - 1074, presented at Living & Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th ASA, Melbourne: University of Melbourne, 01 December 2015 - 04 December 2015, https://anzasca.net/category/conference-papers/2015-conference-papers/?authorid=5443
2015
Zavoleas Y, 2014, 'Computational Thinking with Analogue and Digital Means: The architectural drawing as a parametric tool since late modernism', in Gu N; Watanabe S; Erban H; Haeusler MH; Huang W (eds.), CAADRIA, Hong Cong / Kyoto Institute of Tehcnology, Kyoto, Kyoto, pp. 843 - 852, presented at Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Kyoto, 13 May 2014 - 17 May 2014
2014
Zavoleas Y, 2014, 'The Nature of Architecture: The biodigital analogue informing performance', in Estevez AT (ed.), Bubok Publishing S.L, Barcelona: ESARQ/UIC, pp. 118 - 128, presented at 2nd International Conference of Biodigital Architecture and Genetics, Barcelona: ESARQ/UIC, 04 June 2014 - 06 June 2014
2014
Zavoleas Y, 2009, 'In the Fringe of ‘Athens Charter.’ Interpretive Escaping from an Expected Dead-end (in Greek: Στο περιθώριο της "Χάρτας": Ερμηνευτικές Διαφυγές από Ένα Διαφαινόμενο Αδιέξοδο)', in Kotzamanis V; Kougkolos A; Mperiatos I; Oikonomou D; Petrakos G (eds.), Στο περιθώριο της "Χάρτας": Ερμηνευτικές Διαφυγές από Ένα Διαφαινόμενο Αδιέξοδο, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, pp. 757 - 764, presented at 2nd Hellenic Conference of Urbanism & Urban Planning, Volos, Greece, 24 September 2009 - 27 September 2009
2009
Zavoleas Y, 2007, 'Real Space, Digital Perception: Formation of Spatial Experience beyond Materiality', IIT Haifa, IIT Haifa, presented at Architecture & Phenomenology Α+P, IIT Haifa, 13 May 2007 - 17 May 2007
2007
Zavoleas Y, 2006, 'Integrating new media into spatial perception: a layered structure of representation', in 2nd IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 06), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), pp. 345 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/cp:20060661
2006
Edited Books
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Haeusler M; Gardner N; Zavoleas Y, (eds.), 2019, Computational Design - From Promise to Practice, Avedition, Ludwigsburg
2019
Patsavos N; Zavoleas Y, 2013, Surface/επιφαnεια Digital Materiality and the New Relation Between Depth and Surface
2013
Book Chapters
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Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'Digital-Free Architecture?', in Haeusler M; Gardner N; Zavoleas Y (ed.), Computational Design - From Promise to Practice, Avedition, Ludwigsburg, pp. 16 - 23
2019
Zavoleas Y, 2019, 'In the Architect’s Mind: Drawing (,) Architecture’s Future', in Haeusler M; Gardner N; Zavoleas Y (ed.), Computational Design - From Promise to Practice, Avedition, Ludwigsburg, pp. 158 - 173
2019
Taylor M; Zavoleas Y, 2017, 'From retail stores to real-time stories: Displaying change in an age of digital manufacturing', in Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail, pp. 167 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315567792
2017
Zavoleas Y, 2015, 'Perception Beyond Materiality; or, a transcendental glimpse of architectural space', in
2015
Zavoleas Y; Tournikiotis P, 2014, 'Archetypes in-Formation: Strategies of Transition in Architecture and Urban Design', in Bovati M; Caja M; Floridi G; Landsberger M (ed.), Cities in Transformation. Ideas, Methods, Techniques, Tools, Case Studies, Il Poligrafo, Padova, pp. 1411 - 1417
2014
Zavoleas Y, 2013, 'Intro: Implications of the digital in the anatomy of the surface', in
2013
Zavoleas Y, 2013, 'Digit Matters. Processes of Normalization in Architectural Design', in Zavoleas Y; Patsavos N (ed.), Sur-face / Επιφάνεια: Digital Materiality & the New Relation between Depth & Surface, FUTURA/EAAE, Athens/Brussels, pp. 221 - 229
2013
Zavoleas Y, 2012, 'Computational experimentation and design research', in
2012
Zavoleas Y, 2012, 'House-as-machine: the influences of technology during early modernism', in
2012
Zavoleas Y, 2010, 'Layering as a systematic approach to spatial order', in
2010
Zavoleas Y, 2008, 'Diagram/program/schema', in
2008
Zavoleas Y, 2008, 'Zoom in/out: The Abolishment of the Drawing Scale in Contemporary Architectural Practice', in Changes of Paradigms in the Basic Understanding of Architectural Research, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts / EAAE, Copenhagen / Brussels, pp. 142 - 152
2008
Zavoleas Y, 2007, 'Behind the Glass: Transforming the Ordinary to an ‘Object of Desire’', in Transparency and Architecture: Challenging the Limits, Ziti / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, pp. 385 - 392
2007
Zavoleas Y; Farantouri N, 1998, 'Towards an Aesthetics of the Ugly (in Greek: Προς μια Αισθητική του Ά-σχημου', in Absence of Aesthetics / Aesthetics of Absence, Futura, Athens, pp. 50 - 57
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Other
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Zavoleas Y; Zavoleas Y, 2014, Computational Thinking with Analogue and Digital Means
2014
Zavoleas Y; Zavoleas Y, 2006, Real Space, Digital Perception: Formation of Spatial Experience Beyond Materiality
2006
Zavoleas Y; Zavoleas I, 2004, Restating artistic value : why do people pay 2,000,000 US.D. for a urinal signed by R. Mutt?
2004
Books
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Zavoleas Y, 2013, Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture (original title in Greek: Η Μηχανή και το Δίκτυο ως Δομικά Πρότυπα στην Αρχιτεκτονική), Futura, Athens
2013

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).

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).

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).