thumbnail_aretimarkopoulouWe are pleased to announce the addition of Areti Markopoulou to Barcelona’s Local Advisory Board for Leading Cities.

Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect, technologist and educator working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is currently the Academic Director at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona leading international platforms of education such as the Master in Advanced Architecture and the Master in City & Technology. Furthermore, Areti leverages her vast experience and talent to serve as co-editor of Urban Next and co-founder of StudioP52, a collective art & tech gallery. Her research and practice design explores new architectural models that incorporate applications of ICTs, Material Intelligence and Fabrication for allowing built and public space to dynamically adapt to behavioural and environmental changes over time.

She holds a Bachelor in Architecture & Engineering from DUTH – Democritus University of Thrace, a MArch from IAAC and a Fab Academy diploma on Digital Fabrication offered by the Fab Lab Network. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), on the topic of Responsive Environments and Smart Cities.

Areti has also served as a curator of international exhibitions such as the Pavilion of Innovation (Construmat 2015), MyVeryOwnCity (World Bank 2011) and she has been the designer of Fabrication Laboratory (Barcelona Design Museum 2010). Markopoulou’s work at IAAC has been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide, such as Venice Biennale, Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, Beijing Design Week, 3d print show, and MaterFad among others. Areti has also served as an external examiner and visiting jury in various universities such as the UCLA, SCI-Arc, NTUA, UPenn, BSSA and AA. She is the project coordinator of the Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism and the Active Public Space co-funded European research projects.

Areti is leading the Digital Matter Research, working on material, computational and artificial intelligence for generating new techniques of digitally fabricating responsive environments and adaptive construction systems. She has been developing urban projects and guidelines with the City Council of Barcelona and the Municipal Institute of Information for the implementation of ICT in public spaces and the implementation of Renewable Energy technologies in buildings and open spaces.

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