E D U C A T I O N

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  Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                                                                   Cambridge, MA
     Doctorate of Philosophy in Design and Computation (Ph.D.)
     Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, (September 2000 - December 2004)
     Thesis title:
Constructing Design Concepts: A Computational Approach to the Synthesis of Architectural Form
     Advisors: T. Knight and G. Stiny
     Also look:
cumincad citation (full text .pdf) or MIT Libraries citation or MIT Digital Depository (DSpace)
                    
°   Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                                                                   Cambridge, MA
     Master of Science in Architecture Studies (S.M.)
     Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, (September 1998 - June 2000)
     Thesis title:
Point, Line, Plane: Basic elements of formal composition in shape computation and Bauhaus theories
     Advisor: T. Knight
     Also look: 
MIT Libraries citation

°   Southern California Institute of Architecture                                                                           Los Angeles, CA
     Master in Architecture (M-Arch),
     SCI- Arc, (September 1993 - June 1995)
     Thesis project:
Church
     Advisor: L. Miller

°   National Technical University of Athens                                                                                  Athens, Greece
     Professional 5-year Diploma, Architect-Engineer (Dipl-Arch)
     Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, (September 1987 -October 1992)
     Thesis title:
Convent
     Advisor: T. Biris



A W A R D S

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  Vergotis Fellowship (2004), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      in completion of my PHD dissertation


°   M.I.T. Graduate Tuition Award (2003),  Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
     in support of my Doctorate research

°   Leon Hyzen Fellowship (2002), Source of funds Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
     in support of my Doctorate research

°   IKY Fellowship (2000-2002), Source of funds Greek government
     in support of my Doctorate research

°   M.I.T. Graduate Tuition Award (2000), Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
     in support of my SMArch Thesis  

°   Michelis Fellowship (1998)
      in support of my SMArch research  

°   J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship (1993)
      in support of my M-Arch research  

°   Eugenides Award, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1992)
     Dipl. Arch thesis award


              

A R E A S  O F  S P E C I A L I Z A T I O N  

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  Computational Design, Theory of  Design

°    History and logic of spatial systems in architecture and in design

°   Applications of analogue and digital computation in design. Digital and Analogue Design Interfaces.



A R E A S  O F  CO M P E T E N C E 

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  Theory of Computation, Philosophy of Grammar / Language, Logic
     


T E A C H I N G   E X P E R I E N C E   

B.A.C. School of Architecture and Interior Design                                                                        Boston, MA

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HT 7101 Design Principles                                                                                                             Instructor
    This is a graduate course that provides an introduction to design principles by addressing their function in a
    theoretical and practical context.  The topics and objects explored are not presented in chronological order, but
    rather are introduced to critically examine some of the fundamental issues of design. Design principles are
    grounded in all the arts such as painting, architecture, sculpture, literature, and film. The course is complementary
    to design studio, and many of the problems explored and discussed are applicable to one's development as
    a designer (Fall 2005).

°   VS 657  CAD II / 3D Design                                                                                                            Instructor
     Goal of this advanced modeling course is to provide students with the skills to use CAD as a design tool.
     Emphasis is placed in the dynamics of the creative process: beginning with conceptual models and developing   
     compositions using architectural elements or components. All types of entities and techniques are covered,
     focusing primarily on solids (Fall 2005, Spring 2006).

°   HT 7120 Architecture / Design History B: Modern Period 1750-1966                                   Instructor
     This course offers an overview of influential ideas and paradigmatic developments in the architecture and urbanism
     of the modern era from the Enlightenment to post-WWII. It focuses on key figures, events, buildings, projects and
     texts representative of important historical currents. The objective is not to study particular buildings and architects,
     but to reconstruct the larger historical, cultural, political and intellectual contexts within which architectural ideas
      emerge (Spring 2006).

°   VC 121 Introduction to Design Computing                                                                                   Instructor
    The course offers a practical framework for understanding the role of computing in design. It exposes the students to
     the technological advancements that will influence the architectural practice.  It ialso presents design methods  
     associated with the use of CAD systems, from the analysis and documentation of design concepts, to the delivery
     and execution of complete design proposals (Spring 2006).

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VS 115  2DMB Design                                                                                                                      Instructor
    The course offers a framework for understanding the role of perspective representation in design. It provides the  
     necessary skills for mastering the perspective representation and its creative use in the studio. The broader aim
     of the class is to enable students  to understand architectural space through perspective. It  also offers historical 
     design examples associated with the use of perspective in the design process.  (Fall 2005, Spring 2006).



M.I.T. Department of Architecture and Urban Planning                                                       Cambridge, MA

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  4.207 Formal Design Knowledge and Programmed Constructs                                           Co-Instructor
    Instructor: T. Nagakura
    Practical and theoretical foundations relevant to representation of architectural forms and design knowledge.   
    Students learn basic concepts in a computer programming language and acquire practical skills to develop 
    their own software tools for architectural design. Topics include parametrized objects, procedural 
    representation of form, typology etc. (Spring 2005)

°   4.272 Background to Shape Grammars                                                                           Co-Instructor
     Instructor: G. Stiny
     Examination of shape computation and its relationship to other fields, including, art, philosophy, history, 
     linguistics, psychology, literature and mathematics. Responsible for developing the syllabus for the class,
     organizing the presentations and instructing the students in discussions of selected readings (Spring 2004)

°   4.217 Pro-seminar in Design and Computation                                                                 Co-Instructor
     Instructor: G. Stiny
     Introduction to traditions of research in design and computation. I organized the syllabus with focus the  
     comprehensive presentation of mathematical formalisms, like Turing machines, production systems, context
     free grammars and pushdown automata. Assisted students in class, and individually with assignments and 
     with the presentation of the readings (Fall 2003).

°   4.275 Special Projects in Design & Computation: Ph.D. Forum.                                  Teaching Assistant
     Instructor: G. Stiny
     Responsible for organizing a student forum including weekly presentations by the PhD candidates in Design 
     and Computation and by visiting lecturers. I developed the program for a series of lectures and open  
     discussions with focus current  design and computation issues(Spring 2003).

°   4.209 Special Problems in Computation and Architecture: Agent-Based Virtual Architecture
     Instructors: J. Gero, M. Maher.                                                                                            Teaching Assistant.  
     Introduction to the basics of computational design agents. Agent models were used to design interactive virtual
     places. Assisted in the lab component and the use of computer modeling. Addressed students’ questions and
     helped in their final projects (Fall 2002).

°   4.208 Computational Models of Creative Design.                                                          Teaching Assistant 
     Instructor: J. Gero
     Processes that can be used in creative design were introduced: first principles, analogy, combination,  
     evolution, mutation and reverse engineering. I assisted in the preparation of lecture notes  (Spring 2002).

°   4.226 Computational Design ?I: Theory and Applications.                                           Teaching Assistant
     Instructor: T. Knight
     Introduction to advanced topics in shape and color grammars. Supervised and instructed students in in-class  
     exercises. Emphasized in clarifying shape-grammar studio techniques. Addressed individual students’
     questions, graded home assignments (Spring 2000 and 2001).

°   4.201 Computational Design I: Theory and Applications.                                            Teaching Assistant
     Instructor: T. Knight
     Introduction to design using shape grammars. Helped organize assignments and studio presentations.   
     Assisted students in class, and individually with homework assignments or material they found difficult to 
     understand, and with final projects. Graded home assignments (Fall 2000, 2001).




I N V I T E D   R E V I E W S 

Harvard University, School of Design (GSD)                                                                             Cambridge, MA

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2317 Special Studio in Design & Computation (Spring 2006)                                          Invited Reviewer                         
     Instructor: K. Terzidis


°   2309 Kinetic Architecture (Fall 2006)                                                                                       Invited Reviewer
     Instructor: K. Terzidis


°   2311 Algorithmic Architecture (Fall 2005)                                                                                Invited Reviewer
     Instructor: K. Terzidis


M.I.T. Department of Architecture and Urban Planning                                                         Cambridge, MA

°    4.520 Shape Grammars I: Theory and Applications  (Fall 2006)                                       Invited Reviewer                         
     Instructor: T. Knight


Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT), Department of Architecture                                    Boston, MA

°    Arch245 Architecture and Technology 1 (November 2006)                                                  Invited Reviewer  
      Instructor: Y. Abbas

°    Arch245 Architecture and Technology 1 (December 2006)                                                   Invited Reviewer  
      Instructor: Y. Abbas



P R E S E N T A T I O N S

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“Integrating computation in foundation design instruction”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Congresso Iberoamericano de Graphica Digital (SIGRADI2006), November 2006, Santiago, Chile


°   “
Communicating spatial descriptions”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Education in Computer Aided Design in Europe, (ECAADE2006), September 2006, Volos, Greece

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  “Design, Computation + Artificial Languages”, S. Kotsopoulos, 
     National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), April 2006, Athens, Greece

°   “A note on the conceptual basis of designs”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Computer Aided Architectural Design and Research in Asia (CAADRIA2006), April 2006, Kumamoto, Japan

°   “A Computational Educational approach for Architectural Synthesis and Analysis”, S. Kotsopoulos, 
     National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), October 2005, Athens, Greece

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“A Computational Framework of Composition”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Education in Computer Aided Design in Europe (ECAADE2005), September 2005, Lisbon, Portugal

°   “Constructing Design Concepts: A Computational Approach to the Synthesis of Architectural Form", S. Kotsopoulos,
      Cal-Poly (invited presentation), May 2005, Los Angeles, California

°   “Rule based composition”, S. Kotsopoulos, Tenth Computer Aided Architectural Design and Research in Asia  
     (CAADRIA2005), April 2005, New Delhi, India

°   “A study in rule-based composition”, S. Kotsopoulos, H. Liew, Conference in  Design, Computing & Cognition,
     (DCC2004)  July 2004, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

°   “Architectural Space in the Globalization Era”, S. Kotsopoulos, 1st International Conference on Globalization 
     Ministry of Culture, September 2001, Athens, Greece

°   “Point, Line, Plane: Basic elements of formal composition in shape computation and  Bauhaus theories”
     S. Kotsopoulos, June 2000 , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

°   “The use of analogue computational interfaces in the design studio”, S. Kotsopoulos, Microsoft Workshop on
     Computational Design Interfaces, November 1998 , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

°   “Urban Utopias”, S. Kotsopoulos, International Architectural Meeting, PANDIO University of Social and Political
     Sciences,  October 1997, Athens, Greece 

°   “A compositional  examination of the monasteries of mount Athos”, S. Kotsopoulos,
     National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), January 1991, Athens, Greece



P U B L I C A T I O N S

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“Integrating computation in foundation design instruction”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Congresso Iberoamericano de Graphica Digital (SIGRADI2006), November 2006, Santiago, Chile
      Also look:
http://cumincades.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?sigradi2006_e029b

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“Communicating spatial descriptions”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Education in Computer Aided Design in Europe, (ECAADE2006), September 2006, Volos, Greece


° 
“A note on the conceptual basis of designs”, S. Kotsopoulos,
      Computer Aided Architectural Design and Research in Asia (CAADRIA2006), April 2006, Kumamoto, Japan


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"Towards a computational approach to design", S. Kotsopoulos,
      
Architecture as Art, May 2006, Thessaloniki, Greece

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"A note on the conceptual basis of designs", S. Kotsopoulos,
      Proceedings of  CAADRIA2006, April 2006, Kumamoto, Japan

°   "What is computational design?", S. Kotsopoulos,
    
Art + Design Issues, March 2006, Athens, Greece

° "A Computational Framework of Composition", S. Kotsopoulos,
     
Proceedings of  ECAADE2005, September, 2005, Lisbon, Portugal

°   "Rule based composition", S. Kotsopoulos,
     
Proceedings of CAADRIA2005, April 2005, New Delhi, India

° "A study in rule-based composition", S. Kotsopoulos, H. Liew,
     
Proceedings of DCC2004 Workshop on Computer Implementation, July 2004, Massachusetts, USA

°   "A prototype method of introduction in computer aided design", S. Kotsopoulos,                                 
     
Bulletin of Architects, October 2003, Athens, Greece

°  "Design,Computation and the languages of the artificial", S. Kotsopoulos,
    
Technical Bulletin of Engineers, n  2213, September 2002, Athens, Greece

° "Beyond Blade Runner - Urban Control - The Ecology Of Fear", M. Davis, Pamphlet #23, Open Media, N. Jersey 1992,
      S. Kotsopoulos editor  of the Greek edition, Futura, Athens, Greece, 1998



S E L E C T   P R O F E S S I O N A L   E X P E R I E N C E  

     Independent Project (in collaboration with Maria Pan, Architect)                                            
°    Summer house in Antiparos island                                                                                               Greece
     We developed the schematic and final design, the construction documentation,  and we supervised the
     implementation of the project (2005)

°    Interior Design for a family house at Hollywood Hills                                                                  Los Angeles, CA
      Project Architect, developing the schematic and final design, the construction documentation, and supervised 
      the construction (1995)

     
Karakosta Associates Architects                                                                                                 Athens, Greece
°    Two houses in Athens
      Designer, assisted in developing the schematic and final design and the construction documentation (1998)

°    Adaptive reuse of Pindos Square, Athens
      Designer, assisted in the development of the schematic and final design and construction documentation (1998)

°    Housing complex in Kamari, Athens
      Designer, assisted in developing the schematic and the final design (1998)

     Tishner and Thorp Architects                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA

°    The Weissman Residence
      Designer-drafter, assisted in developing the  design and construction documentation (1996)

     
Heather Kurze Architects                                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA
°   Office Building for Rhythm & Hues
      Construction administrator for  the  the interior design of the offices of the firm (1995)                                   
    
    
Son and Associates                                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA
°    International Competition for the Jan Jae Building in Seoul
     Designer-drafter, assisted in developing the schematic design  and the design  documentation (1995)

    
Committee of the Preservation of Athenian Acropolis                                                          Athens, Greece
°    Project of the Preservation of Propylaea
     Architect-drafter, assisted in the production of detailed drawings of architectural members (1991)

    
Christofelis Associates Architects                                                                                             Athens, Greece
°    Apartment building in Athens
     Designer, assisted in the development of the schematic design, the final design and the construction
     documentation (1995)

°    Office building in Athens
      Designer, assisted in the development of the schematic design and the final design (1995)

     
Biris Associates  Architects                                                                                                            Athens, Greece
°    International Competition for the New Acropolis Museum (2nd PRIZE)
      Designer-drafter, assisted in developing the schematic design  and the design  documentation (1990)

   
  Competition for Thessaloniki Town Hall (1st PRIZE)
      Designer-drafter, assisted in developing the schematic design  and the design  documentation (1988)



M E M B E R S H I P S
        
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Member, of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Registered Architect-Engineer (1992-present )

°   Member of the Association of Fulbright Scholars (1995-present

°   Member of the MIT Digital Design Fabrication Group DDFG (2000-present)
     Also look:
http://ddf.mit.edu/papers/05_lsass_ecaade_2004.pdf

°   Member of the MIT-Greece Association (2000-present)
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