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  Vyzoviti Sophia / Associate Professor
ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN RESEARCH, DESIGN TOOL DEVELOPMENT

Biography

Sophia Vyzoviti received her PhD in design methodology as a Greek state scholar at Delft University of Technology, Design Knowledge Systems, where she developed a design tool conditioning the emergence potential of public spaces. In this approach, the appropriation of urban spaces by distinct groups was investigated through empirical research resulting to models of representation, explanation and prescription. Prior to TUDelft, she completed her Master in Architecture at the Berlage Institute after earning a diploma in Architecture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has taught architectural design at University of Cyprus, National University of Singapore and Delft University of Technology.  She actively engages in numerous workshops both as instructor and critic and lectures worldwide.

Her research focuses on design tool development, exploring how form generation processes mediate between social groups and artefacts to transform conditions of spatial interaction. Vyzoviti’s goal is to enhance community cohesion through collective creativity employing design principles from an interdisciplinary field between architecture, urban sociology, anthropology, and artificial intelligence. Areas of application include architectural and urban design, as well as interiors and installations.

Sophia Vyzoviti is the author of three books on form-generating experiments in architecture and design: soft shells, supersurfaces and the best selling folding architecture released by BIS Publishers Amsterdam. She has published extensively in Greek and presented papers at international conferences. She is founding partner of matrix_g.sea a cross-disciplinary architecture collaborative that promotes and sustains the design as research approach. Her work has been exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia, Architectural Biennale Rotterdam, NOUS collaborative, The Archive and a plethora of exhibitions in Greece. She has co-curated international architectural exhibition synathroisis. She has received distinctions in architectural design competitions including a first prize in EUROPAN 5, and a runner up in UIA ‘Renewable energy sources and bioclimatic architecture for shells to shelter people affected by natural disasters’.

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Research interests

design research, design tool development, folding architecture, spatial interraction, urban open spaces, urban morphology

Courses in current academic year

Prêt-à-plier
Architecture Design Studio VII: City of Rooms
Architectural Design ΙV-VI B: Hybrid Ecologies: Casts
Folding Architecture

e-mail

svizovit@arch.uth.gr

Telephone

+306945854727

Monographs-Books

Vyzoviti, S. 2011. Soft Shells: Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers

Vyzoviti, S. 2006. Supersurfaces: Folding as a method for generating forms for architecture, products and fashion. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers

Vyzoviti, S. 2005. Emergent Places for Urban Groups Without a Place. Enshcede: Febodruk B.V,

Vyzoviti, S. 2003. Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and organizational Diagrams. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers

Chapters in edited volumes

Vyzoviti, S (2015)  «New Waterfront of Thessaloniki – Mapping the urban open surface» in Vitopoulou, Α.Yerolymbou, Α. Tournikiotis, P. The Greek City and the Urbanism of Modernity, Do.Co.Mo.Mo. 05 The cahiers of the Modern, Athens: futura, pp: 341-346

Vyzoviti, S. (2014) "Spontaneous Landforming". In Zavraka, D.ed. urban BLUR. Cannot Not Design Publications. Pp: 67-72

Vyzoviti, S. (2013) "Τhe grinder". In Grandry, P.J. The future of Architecture II. Crap is Good Publications. Pp:204-207

Vyzoviti, S. (2010)"Methodological shifts: the textile as retro-novel paradigm"in Agathidis, A and Schillig, G (eds) Performative Geometries, Amsterdam: BIS Publishers, pp:108-113

Vyzoviti, S. (2009) "Emerging Immigrant Clusters in Downtown Athens, 2002-2004" in Mitrasinovic, Μ.& Traganou, J. (eds) Travel, Space, Architecture,Surrey: Asghate Publications, pp:320-335

Vyzoviti, S. (2008) “Weg von kasten und hin zur faltung” / “Out of the Box and into the Fold” in Martin, S. (ed) Der Grosse Wurf : Faltungen in der Gegewartskunst, Freiburg: Modo verlag, pp:34-55

Articles in scientific journals

Vyzoviti, S. (2017) The Talent Agent: Pure, Archaic and Absolute, Flat Out, Vol 2, pp:63-66

Vyzoviti, S. (2005) The immigrants’ place of getting together: A model of necessary physical environmental conditions OASE / Architectural Journal / 68, Rotterdam: NAiPublishers, pp:22-66

Conference proceedings

Vyzoviti, S. (2017) “Shell Performativity as a Tool for Urban Action”, in Architectural ResearchAddressing Societal Challenges, Edited by Manuel Couceiro da Costa, Filipa Roseta, Joana Pestana Lages and Susana Couceiro da Costa, Taylor & Francis Group, pp: 195–200 http://www.crcnetbase.com/doi/abs/10.1201/9781315226255-32

Vyzoviti, S. (2016) Ambient and Augmented Screens, in Tixier, N. & Remi, N. Ambiances Tommorow, Proceedings of the 3rd Ambiances International Congress - Volume 1, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos, GR, 21-24 September 2016, pp: 512-517

Vyzoviti, S. (2016) Shell Performativity as a Tool for Urban Action, in Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges, Proceedings of the 10th EAAE /ARCC International Conference – Volume 1, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18 June 2016 pp:(to be printed in 2016)

Vyzoviti,S. Marinakou,E. Tsilogianni,M. Psomiadi,S. (2015) «Furniture as play. Α polymorphic structure for preschool classrooms»in Germanos, D.& Liappi, M. (eds) (2015). Proceedings of the International Symposium: Places for Learning Experiences: Think, Make, Change(Thessaloniki, 9-10 January 2015). Athens: National Documentation Center, pp: 444-452

Vyzoviti, S. & Remy, N. (2014) "Acoustically Efficient Origami Based Partitions for Open Plan Spaces – Developping a Design Tool" in Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 487-494

Vyzoviti, S. (2013). “The Depth of Surface: An evolutionary paradigm for digital architecture”. Proceedings of the International Theory of Architecture Conference  ARCHTHEO2013.  Creativity, Autonomy, Function in Architecture. Meimar Sinan Fine Arts University and DAKAM. Istanbul 4-6 December 2013. pp.284-292

Vyzoviti, S. (2013) “Virtual Landforms: Representations of performative actions augmenting the urban realm through spontaneous appropriations of found spaces”. Proceedings of the International Conference Changing Cities: Spatial, morphological, formal & socio-economic dimensions. Skiathos island, Greece. 18-21 June, 2013. Editor: Gospondini, A. pp.575-579

Vyzoviti, S. & De Souza, P. (2012) "Origami tessellations in a continuum: Integrating design and fabrication in architectural education" conference proceedings Scale less - Seam less? Performing a less fragmented architectural education and practice, ENHSA/ EAAE, Münster School of Architecture, Germany, 15-17 /11/ 2012, pp:165-175.

Vyzoviti, S. & Dimitriou, M. (2012) "The grasping hand as form generator: Generative modelling in physical and digital media" conference proceedings Materiality in its contemporary forms: Architecture, Conception, Fabrication, Perception, Les Grands Ateliers, Rhone-Alpes, France, 26-11/01-12/2012

Vyzoviti, S. (2011) "Pleat and Play" in Voyatzaki, Μaria (ed.), Rethinking the Human in Technology-Driven Architecture - Proceedings of the ENHSA/EAAE International Conference, Centre for Mediterranean Architecture, Chania 30-31 August 2011, pp:189-201

Vyzoviti, S. (2011) “Lateral Τerritory”. Conference proceedings Public Space. Thessaloniki:ΤΕΕ\ΤΚΜ- CannotNotDesignPublications

Vyzoviti, S. (2010) "Conditioning the emergence potential of public spaces" Paper presented at International Conference PLiC : Public Life in the In-between-City, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion I.I.T., Haifa, 2010.

Vyzoviti, S. (2007) "Folding as a morphogenetic process in Architectural Design" in Dashti, Ηussein (ed.), Sources of Architectural Form: Theory and Practice - Proceedings of the International Conference, Department of Architecture, Kuwait University, Kuwait City, 10-13 March 2007, pp:471-477

Geogiades, N. Constandinides, E. Polyzou, E. & Vyzoviti S. (2007) "Overlapping layers of Historic data as a strategy for urban landscape renewal: The case of Byzantine monuments in Drama, Northern Greece" in Eleytheriadis, N. Styliadis, N. Paliokas, A. (eds.), Landscape Architecture and New Technologies - Proceedings of LANT07 International Conference, Department of Landscape Architecture, Drama 25-26 May 2007, pp:359-370

Others

Cho Mi-Ho ed (2016) “Feature: Architectural Prototype”, Architecture and Culture No 421, Seoul, Korea, pp:30-45

Vyzoviti, S (2015) Minimum Dwelling Atlas, Didactic Notes for Architetural Design 1, Volos: University of Thessaly Press

Soft Shells – Porous and Deployable Architecture by Andrew Galloway

Building Between Dimensions: An Interview with Sophia Vyzoviti by Woody Evans

Meetings-Conferences

2016Shell Performativity as a Tool for Urban Action 10th EAAE /ARCC International Conference: Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18/6/2016

2016Ambient and Augmented Screens, 3rd Ambiances International Congress, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, 21-24/9/2016

2014Descriptive and Generative Models of Crumpled Sheets, ENHSA International Conference What’s the Matter? Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation, Barcelona 4-6 /9/2014

2014Acoustically Efficient Origami Based Partitions for Open Plan Spaces – Developping a Design Tool, 32nd eCAADe Conference, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne 10-12/9/2014

2013The Depth of Surface: An evolutionary paradigm for digital architecture,  International Theory of Architecture Conference ARCHTHEO2013,  Meimar Sinan Fine Arts University and DAKAM, Istanbul 4-6/12/2013

2013Virtual Landforms: Representations of performative actions augmenting the urban realm through spontaneous appropriations of found spaces, invited speaker in the urbanBLUR special session.1st International Conference Changing Cities: Spatial, morphological, formal & socio-economic dimensions, Skiathos island, Greece, 18-21/6/2013

2012The grasping hand as form generator: generative modelling in physical and digital media, MC2012 Conference, Les Grandes Ateliers, Rhone-Alpes, France,  26/11-1/12/2012

2012Origami tessellations in a continuum: Integrating design and fabrication in architectural education, International Symposium on Integrated Planning Processes, SCALELESSSEAMLESS: Performing a less fragmented architecture and education, Munster 15-17/11/2012

1999Horizontal Compact,  Forum EUROPAN 5: New Housing landscapes, travel and proximity,  International Conference Centre, Geneva, 27/9/1999

Academic lectures

2015Between Design Research and Practice – Master Thesis in Architecture, Panel Discussion What is a thesis in Architecture? Chalmers’ Department of Architecture, Gothemburg 2/6/2015

2014The Depth of Surface, Lecture at theDepartment of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 9/5/2014

2011The Depth of Surface, Lebanese American University, Byblos, 19/4/2011

2010Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organizational Diagrams, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade 8/12/2010

2010,  The Depth of Surface, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 15-12-2010

2010The Depth of Surface, Facutly of Architecture, University of Belgrade, 1/12/2010

2007On form generation strategies, Entwerfen und Industriele Hochbaukonstruktion, Faculty of Architecture, Technische Universitat Darmstadt 8/11/2007

2004Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organizational Diagrams, in the lecture series The Professional Profile of the Architect, Chalmers Arkitektskola, Goetheborg, Sweden, 2/2/2004

2004Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organizational Diagrams,  Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Royal College of Art, London, 25/10/2004

Exhibitions

2016,  BerlinAward2016 - Heimat in der Fremde, with the project Reflexive Indoor Camp: Short-Term Accomodation for Refugees, Zollgarage, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin 15-28/6/2016

2016,  #ThisIsACo-op Greek Pavilion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia with the project  Piraeus Tower Shelter, Venice  28/5– 27/11/2016

2013, ON ARCHITECTURE, Gallery of Science and Technology - Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, with the project Prehensile Form, Belgrade 9-16/12/2013

2013, Exhibition of the results of the European Architectural Competition for the creation of a new city center in Athens ‘Rethink Athens’. 27/2-5/3 Onassis Foundation, and 14-26/3 Syntagma metro Station, Athens.

2012, sloth_participation in the collective installation  INCUBATOR Installation and Actions Architecture and the city in SouthEast Europe - 1st Architectural Biennale Thessaloniki

2012, Exploring the performativity of origami tesselations, Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris 27-30/9/2012

2012,  SYNARTHROSIS_installation, exhibited at the 7th Biennale of Young Greek Architects, Benaki Museum, Athens

2011, Panorama of Greek Architecture: DOMES 2011. New City Hall of Thessaloniki.

2010, Meanderplex, Spontaneous Schooling exhibition, NOUS Gallery - London Festival of Architecture, Tea Building, BethnalGreen, London 18-23/6 2010

2009, The Archive_Episode 3: υπερεπιφάνειες | supersurfaces , CARTECO DESIGN CENTRE, The Archive, Thessaloniki 12/12/09-21/1/2010

Public lectures

2014Architectural ethics of open sharing and collaboration, ser(res)modern international summer school, Serres, 26/6/2014

2014fietsflat_public talk at DOMES INDEX 02_Departures, 16/6/2014 Benaki Museum, Athens  https://vimeo.com/album/2940860/video/110052387

Committees

2015,  Evaluation of Chalmers School of Architecture Masters’ Theses, Gothemburg, 2-6/6

2015,  Scientific Committee International Conference Ambiances, tomorrow 3rd International Congress on Ambiances

2015,  Scientific Committee Changing Cities 2: Spatial, Design, Landscape and Socio-Economic Dimensions

2015,  Scientific Committee International Conference of Theory of Architecture ARCHTHEO’15

2014,  Scientific Committee of Postagraduate Program in Architectural Design INSTEAD_παραποιήσεις

2014,  Scientific Committee of International Conference Changing Cities 2: Spatial, Design, Landscape and Socio-Economic Dimensions

2014,  Επιστημονική  Επιτροπή  Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου ARCHTHEO’14

2014,  Final presentation jury for the Islands of Difference - Athens workshop organized by the Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna