Acknowledgements

I want to thank the members of my committee who have been pioneers in computational design. They contributed greatly to this work.

I am grateful to Prof. Terry Knight for being such a creative and rigorous researcher, an outstanding teacher, and an engaging person. Her contribution as academic advisor was both highly professional and highly productive. The completion of this work would not be possible without her guidance and support. I am indebted to Prof. George Stiny for his comments and guidance that helped me to approach my research with profundity. His introduction to shape computation revealed a whole new world to me. I am grateful to Prof. William J. Mitchell who is an invaluable source of guidance and inspiration for all computational design researchers. His comments were immensely helpful. I thank Prof. Larry Sass for his painstaking attention to my questions and his willingness to help me solve all technical issues. His experience and availability was a great asset.

My deep appreciation goes to Prof. Lionel March who introduced me to Computational Design through his Architectonics at UCLA in 1995. I am also grateful to Prof. Athanassios Economou for his academic advice and collaboration, and for his insightful seminar on symmetry, at UCLA. He has been a good friend and supporter.

Acknowledgments and thanks are due to the friends and colleagues in Design and Computation discipline group, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I thank Prof. William Porter, who contributed to this work through constant comments and criticism. I thank Prof. Takehiko Nagakura for showing me CAD tools and programming techniques for design. Many thanks are due to my friends and classmates Jose Duarte, Paul Keel, Gabriela Celani, Joao Rocha, Mine Ozkar, Axel Kilian, Franco Vairani, Alice Upitis, Kostantinos Thakonas, Yanni Loukissas. This work would be impossible without our discussions and debates. Special thanks to Haldane Liew for his constructive criticism and for contributing the software on which a part of chapter V is based. I am also grateful to the architect Maria Panagopoulos for accepting to collaborate with me, and for her constructive comments. The design process of her architectural proposal I describe in chapter VI.

I also thank the faculty and staff of MIT Department of Architecture for their support in all matters academic and administrative. I am especially grateful to the head of the department Prof. Stanford Anderson for being sensitive in all our problems. I thank Renee Caso for always being available to guide me through the administrative paths of MIT.
  
I am also indebted to Prof. Tassos Biris at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. His comments and observations regarding the nature of architectural synthesis served as reference in this work. Acknowledgements are due to the Panayotis & Efi Michelis Foundation, and the State Scholarship Foundation (SSF) that supported this research in part. I also want to thank my SSF advisor Prof. Panayotis Tournikiotis for the guidance he provided in academic issues.

My deepest gratitude goes to my parents, my brother, and my wife who have been encouraging and supporting throughout the years.

  
C o n s t r u c t i n g   D e s i g n   C o n c e p t s :   A Computational Approach to the Synthesis of Architectural Form
Kotsopoulos  S, Ph.D. Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
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