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December 27, 2011


by yannis zavoleas


PhD in Architectural Design NTUA (2011). Theme: Machine & Network. Technology as Metaphor in Architectural Design.
Master of Science, Comparative Media Studies MIT (2002).
Master of Architecture UCLA (2000).
Architect Engineer NTUA (1996).

Architectural Design, Digital Media in Architectural Design, Theory of Architectural Design.

Dr.Yannis Zavoleas teaches architecture as Senior Lecturer at University of Newcastle, Australia, also as Assistant Professor at University of Patras, Greece (on leave), before at Technical University of Crete, Greece. He holds a PhD in Architectural Design from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA – 2011), an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT (2004), an MArch from UCLA (2000) and a 5-year professional degree in architectural engineering from NTUA (1996).
In 2013 Yannis published the book “Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture”, Futura publications, Athens, Greece (in Greek)
ISBN: 9789609489317
His research interests include architectural design methodology, theory and practice.
He practices architecture since 1996. He has worked as architect in USA (Amphibianarc Los Angeles, Boston), in film post-production (SONY Imageworks), as Art Director (Games-to-each research project, MIT/Microsoft); he has given over forty lectures in conferences and universities about architecture, theory, technology, communications, art; he has published (Thresholds, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Architecture in Greece); advisory board in conferences / publications: EAAE, CommonGround Publishing; awarded in one international architectural competition (seven participations); won one competition in interactive storytelling; eleven research programs & workshops (organized: “Architecture & Technology: Conditions & Limits of the Metaphor,” “Code AB-USE in architectural design,” “Unbuilt,” “Surface: Digital Materiality & the New Relation between Depth and Surface – EAAE Architectural Theory Group) eleven architectural exhibitions, three short film festivals.

December 27, 2011


by yannis zavoleas


Address: Yannis Zavoleas | University of Patras | Polytechnic School | Department of Architecture | Rio Patras | 26504 | Greece


December 27, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

The attribution Built may only be given to a small percentage of designs that were actually constructed, whereas most of the designs have remained in paper for many reasons. An Unbuilt project may be supported by heterogeneous, laborious, even innovative design methods. The workshop focuses on such attempts, also with the aid of analogue and digital tools and techniques for the inquiry of original architectural languages. Experiments may be grouped in various categories, such as: structural unit/system, fluidity, circulation, folding, cladding, surface, limit, continuity.

The above categories are related to similar experiments of the architectural avant-garde of the later period: Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelblau, Lebbeus Woods, Bernard Tschumi, Morphosis and ΟΜΑ. Much before developing an architectural project, these architects had explored their ideas by gradually advancing their individual research methods of design, a process that eventually led in defining their architectural character. Being part of a broader avant-garde in philosophy, linguistics, social studies and art, these architects surpassed the recent Modern tradition. In fact, their work may be related to similar attempts of the early 20th century, which would flourish only when it became socially and technically compatible. The results may be viewed as successful, or controversial; either way, as design research they have been very influential to the architecture of today.

Workshop duration: 6-15 July 2008.

Organizer: Yannis Zavoleas.

Location: National Technical University of Athens, Department of Architecture.

Presentation: July 16, 2008, 18.00 – 21.00, Athens Byzantine & Christian Museum.

Exhibition: 15 July – 3 September 2008.