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Yannis Zavoleas teaches architecture as Senior Lecturer at University of Newcastle, Australia. He taught previously  as Assistant Professor at University of Patras, Greece (2008-2013) and at Technical University of Crete, Greece (2004-2008). 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).

Yannis practuces 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.

In 2013, Yannis published the book “Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture”, Futura publications, Athens, Greece (in Greek) - ISBN: 9789609489317.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Architecture), National Technical University of Athens - Greece, 21/12/2011
  • Professional Diploma in Architectural Engineering, National Technical University of Athens - Greece, 22/04/1996
  • Master of Architecture, University of California - Los Angeles - USA, 16/06/2000
  • Master of Science (Comparative Media Studies), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA, 15/09/2004

Research

Research keywords

  • Archetypical Systems
  • Design & Computation
  • Design Methodology
  • Design Theory
  • MEL Scripting
  • Systemic Approaches

Research expertise

Yannis is Senior Lecturer at School of Architecture & built Environment. In the past, he taught architecture at University of Patras (2008-20013) and at Technical University of Crete (2004-2008). He has worked as architect in USA (Amphibianarc Los Angeles, Boston) and Greece (Athens), in film post-production (SONY Imageworks, Los Angeles) and as Art Director (Games-to-each research project, MIT/Microsoft).

Yannis' research interests are oriented to theory and the elaboration of new design methods, also in view of the technological advancements and their impact in the evolution of the architectural field. His work presents an emphasis on innovation, also the implementation of digital means in the creative phases of architectural production and their integration in the design process. Yannis has published the book “Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture”, Futura publications, Athens, Greece (2013, ISBN: 9789609489317 - in Greek).

A recurrent topic in his work is the varying uses of technology as an asset of references aiding for the conceptualization of architectural space. References of technological origin such as machine and network as viewed as structural models of organization being transferred into space at varying scales, ranging from the house unit to the urban block, the neighborhood and the city. Such a transference is made possible with the usage of archetypical schemas, for example those being explored during late modernism. Those works have set the foundation for a complete reviewing of the design process, promoting an architecture that is socially sensitive, being also applicable to large-scale habitation, generally adaptable to varying parameters and climate-friendly.

With the introduction of computers and algorythmic methods in the design process, the endeavours of late modernism have outlined to a large extent the scope of research over the past two decades. In respect, Yannis' later research focus has been on the development of abstract schemas with the aid of digital tools, specifically in regards to parametric computation, scripting and dynamic manipulation of structure and form. Design would reflect the idea that space holds information being codified and retrievable at the same time, so as to envision an architecture that is responsive to any kind of data according to each time’s set priorities. The result has often been the coining of new design methods even more sophisticated schemas also in relation to new techniques.

The above research work has been the source of reference for several papers that Yannis has written, published and presented in conferences, research groups and articles. Topics pertain to architectural design, theory and computation, also to the influences of new media in architecture and art. Related ideas are tested regularly in workshops and courses such as "AB-USE Computation" workshop series held in conferences and meetings at the universities of Prague, Porto and Patras and also presented in conferences worldwide.

Architectural design is neither a pure form-finding process, nor the definition of a set of theoretical issues automatically translated to make a project. Creativity as innovation rather emerges through meticulous research, shifting across different platforms following interpretive patterns of behaviour. The means of production ought to be examined as "tools for thought" in the reshaping of the design process. Architectural making requires synergy among the novelties of the computer with the analogue processes attributed to the drawing table and the broader theory that substantiates architecture as a field of knowledge, somewhere between technology, art and media, with a special focus on issues described by the social sciences. Along with the extended framework of knowledge and technical skills required for constant advancement, it is imperative to maintain a critical stance in view of the new possibilities, being tested as they are put to practice.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Greek

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120101Architectural Design40
120103Architectural History And Theory40
200104Media Studies20

Collaboration

His research interests include architectural design methodology, theory and practice. He focuces on the integration of digital means of creativity in the design process, along with the analogue ones.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Since 2004, when he was first elected as Assistant Professor in the academia, Yannis has regularly participated as Faculty Member at the meetings and he has carried through several assignments concerning the operation of the school. From 2004 to 2008 he had the unique experience and the honour to be Member of the Committee for the newfound School of Architecture at the Technical University of Crete, which accepted its first students in 2004. From that position, as he was also the first Faculty Member to be elected in that school, Yannis gained invaluable knowledge in the structuring of the academic program, the definition of content about the courses, also the development of the library, the studios and the computer lab.

From 2008 to 2013, Yannis was elected as Assistant Professor at the University of Patras. His responsibilities included the revision of the academic curriculum, the development of the online student enrolment and grading system and the upgrading of the computer lab. Additionally, he actively contributed in many decision-making processes concerning administration issues. He was member of the team for the preparations, the reports and the meetings for the assessment of the school, the assignment of the courses to instructors, the interviewing of applicants, also the just distribution of funding and scholarships. Overall, from 2004 to 2013, Yannis participated in university committees regularly, also as a voting member regarding elections for Assistant Professors, Lecturers, Adjunct Professors and Scientific Staff of the two schools he worked.

In 2013, Yannis joined the School of Architecture and & Built Environment. A special focus is already given in the organization of 4rth-year masters' design studio, also in the continuation of research along with the research done by other members of the school.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Architectural Design
  • Research

Teaching expertise

With teaching, Yannis pays special effort to convey an experimental approach to his students about design, aiming at combining the resources of technology with those of theory for design purposes. Over the past years, he has been teaching various courses in Architectural Design Studio, Digital Technologies and Theory of Architecture. his involvement includes class coordination and preparation of team of tutors, Design Studio and Research & Design Thesis supervision for architectural degree requirements. The aim is that over the course of studying, the students acquire expertise in design conceptualization with the innovative use of advanced methods fostering experimentation.

Special emphasis is given on updated definitions of design problems related to urban development and sustainability, then the response to such issues with the manipulation of structures by devising processes related to the computer such as parametric methods, scripting, fabrication and the adaptation of the available tools in the different phases of production. Furthermore, Yannis' academic agenda is geared on a critical approach of works from the Sixties and on, then it expands towards the integration of the computer directed to design innovation, also in view of emerging theories about architectural design. The goal is to bring together theory and computation as a core teaching subject from a research viewpoint and to examine new design strategies also under the scrutiny of digital methods, processes and tools, being applicable in projects of varying scales, contexts and themes.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Zavoleas Y, Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture, Futura, Athens, Greece, 351 (2013) [A1]
2013Zavoleas I, Nested Living Rooms, Moscow - RU, DOMES International Review of Architecture, Athens, Greece (2013) [H2]
2012Zavoleas Y, 'House-as-Machine: the Influences of Technology during early Modernism', Rethinking the Human in Technology-Driven Architecture, EAAE/ENHSA, Thessaloniki, Greece 381-394 (2012) [B1]
2012Zavoleas Y, 'Computational Experimentation and Design Research. Two Case Studies in Architectural Education', Scaleless-Seamless. Performing a Less Fragmented Architectural Education and Practice, EAAE/ENHSA, Thessaloniki & Munster, Greece & Germany 265-278 (2012) [B1]
2012Zavoleas Y, Symeonidou I, Stroumpakos V, Zisimopoulos D, 'Code AB-USE in Architecture. Topological Experimentations with Computational Methods', Geometry: from Science to Practice, Piraeus, Greece (2012) [E1]
2010Zavoleas Y, 'Layering as a Systematic Approach to Spatial Order', Proceedings of Four EAAE-ENHSA Subnetwork Workshops on Architectural Theory, Fribourg, Switzerland (2010) [E1]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Zavoleas Y, Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture, Futura, Athens, Greece, 351 (2013) [A1]
2013Patsavos N, Zavoleas Y, Surface: Digital Materiality and the New Relation between Depth and Surface, EAAE, Athens, 305 (2013) [A3]
2013Zavoleas Y, Patsavos N, Digit Mat(t)ers: Processes of Normalization in Architectural Design, Futura / EAAE, Athens Greece / Brussels Belgium, 9 (2013) [A3]

Chapter (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Zavoleas I, Tournikiotis P, 'Archetypes in-Formation. Strategies of Transition in Architecture and Urban Design', Cities in Transformation Research & Design, Il Poligrafo, Padova Italy 1411-1417 (2014)
2014Zavoleas Y, 'The Nature of Architecture', , Bubok Publishing S.L, Barcelona, Spain 118-128 (2014)
2013Patsavos N, Zavoleas Y, 'Intro: Implications of the Digital in the Anatomy of the Surface', Surface: Digital Materiality and the New Relation between Depth and Surface, Futura / EAAE, Athens Greece / Brussels Belgium 11-32 (2013) [B1]
2012Zavoleas Y, 'House-as-Machine: the Influences of Technology during early Modernism', Rethinking the Human in Technology-Driven Architecture, EAAE/ENHSA, Thessaloniki, Greece 381-394 (2012) [B1]
2012Zavoleas Y, 'Computational Experimentation and Design Research. Two Case Studies in Architectural Education', Scaleless-Seamless. Performing a Less Fragmented Architectural Education and Practice, EAAE/ENHSA, Thessaloniki & Munster, Greece & Germany 265-278 (2012) [B1]
2007Zavoleas Y, 'Behind the Glass: Transforming the Ordinary to an ¿Object of Desire', Transparency & Architecture, Ziti, Salonika 385-392 (2007)
2007Zavoleas Y, 'Real Space, Digital Perception: Formation of Spatial Experience beyond Materiality', Architectural Design & Digital Technologies 2, Ekkremes, Salonika 71-76 (2007)
2006Zavoleas Y, 'Discourse of the Method of a Built Event: A Semantic Understanding of the Architectural Problem', Built Event Workshops, Center of Mediterranean Architecture, Chania, Crete, Greece 18-23 (2006)
1998Zavoleas Y, Farantouri A, 'Towards an Aesthetics of the Ugly', Aesthetics/Absence, Futura, Athens, Greece 50-57 (1998)
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Journal article (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Zavoleas Y, 'Computational thinking with analogue and digital means', Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014, 843-852 (2014)
2009Zavoleas Y, 'Fountain Mediated: Marcel Duchamp's Artwork and Its Adapting Material Content', The International Journal for the Arts in Society, 3 77-86 (2009) [C1]
2009Zavoleas Y, 'From the Room to the City: Archetypes of Integral Spatial Organization', Architektones, 42-45 (2009)
2009Zavoleas Y, 'The Abolishment of the Drawing Scale in Contemporary Architectural Practice. Zoom in/out', Architectural Issues, 40 56-59 (2009)
2006Zavoleas Y, 'Integrating new media into spatial perception: A layered structure of representation', IET Conference Publications, 345-350 (2006)
2006Zavoleas Y, Fernandez J, Kallipoliti L, Tsamis A, Sinisterra A, 'Fecund City-scapes: Ephemeral Structures for the Athens Olympics 2004', Thresholds, 31 40-43 (2006)
2003Zavoleas Y, 'New Media and Representation in Space', Architektones, MediaLand-Disneyland 52-55 (2003)
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Conference (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Zavoleas Y, Symeonidou I, Stroumpakos V, Zisimopoulos D, 'Code AB-USE in Architecture. Topological Experimentations with Computational Methods', Geometry: from Science to Practice, Piraeus, Greece (2012) [E1]
2010Zavoleas Y, 'Layering as a Systematic Approach to Spatial Order', Proceedings of Four EAAE-ENHSA Subnetwork Workshops on Architectural Theory, Fribourg, Switzerland (2010) [E1]
2009Zavoleas Y, 'In the Fringe of Athens Charter. Interpretive Escaping from an Expected Dead-End', 2nd Hellenic Conference of Urbanism and Urban Planning, University of Thessaly, Volos (2009)
2008Zavoleas Y, 'Diagram/Program/Schema: The Diagram as a Vehicle of Transposition in the Quest of Architectural Form', EAAE | ARCC conference, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2008) [E1]
2006Zavoleas Y, 'Integrating New Media into Spatial Perception: A Layered Structure of Representation,', Intelligent Environments, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2006)
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Design (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Zavoleas I, Nested Living Rooms, Housing Complex, Moscow, Russia, DOMES / Prodromos Papadopoulos, Greece (2013) [H1]
2013Zavoleas I, Nested Living Rooms - Moscow, Russia, 7th Pan-Hellenic Architecture Exhibition Patras, Greece (2013) [H2]
2013Zavoleas I, Nested Living Rooms, Moscow - RU, DOMES International Review of Architecture, Athens, Greece (2013) [H2]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$4,200

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2014 (2 grants)

New Staff Grant$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Yannis Zavoleas
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020142014
GNo:G1400990

CAADRIA 2014, Rethinking Comprehensive Design, Kyoto, Japan, 14 - 17 May 2014$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Yannis Zavoleas
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020142014
GNo:G1400455
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Dr Ioannis (Yannis) Zavoleas

Work Phone(02) 4921 6670
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaArchitecture
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/y-zavoleas