Author Archives: theodora vardouli

“A Hard Core: Architects and Science in the Research University” Session at HSS’18, Seattle

I co-organized, along with Daniel Cardoso Llach (CMU), a session exploring architecture’s place in the postwar research university for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society in Seattle. The session examined academic architects’ adoption of scientific ideals and

“A Hard Core: Architects and Science in the Research University” Session at HSS’18, Seattle

I co-organized, along with Daniel Cardoso Llach (CMU), a session exploring architecture’s place in the postwar research university for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society in Seattle. The session examined academic architects’ adoption of scientific ideals and

Paper on CAAD and the Reimagination of Architectural Memory ca. 1970 in SIGCIS ’18 “Stored in Memory”, St. Louis

I gave a paper on confluences between postwar experimental architecture and academic experiments with computer-aided architectural design software, specifically centering around new conceptual and technical renditions of architectural memory, in the 10th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Computing, Information,

Paper on CAAD and the Reimagination of Architectural Memory ca. 1970 in SIGCIS ’18 “Stored in Memory”, St. Louis

I gave a paper on confluences between postwar experimental architecture and academic experiments with computer-aided architectural design software, specifically centering around new conceptual and technical renditions of architectural memory, in the 10th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Computing, Information,

Architecture|Software graduate seminar, McGill

Themed Architecture|Software this graduate seminar that I teach at McGill examines how software, in its many technical and conceptual dimensions, has influenced, and been influenced by, key themes in contemporary architectural theory. Below are links to iterations of the seminar: Arch 684:

Architecture|Software graduate seminar, McGill

Themed Architecture|Software this graduate seminar that I teach at McGill examines how software, in its many technical and conceptual dimensions, has influenced, and been influenced by, key themes in contemporary architectural theory. Below are links to iterations of the seminar: Arch 684:

Core U2 Architectural Design Studio, McGill

As coordinator of the core second year undergraduate design studio at the McGill School of Architecture, I am developing and implementing a pedagogy based on visual computation and generative drawing. The confrontation of the logics of an abstract formal system

Core U2 Architectural Design Studio, McGill

As coordinator of the core second year undergraduate design studio at the McGill School of Architecture, I am developing and implementing a pedagogy based on visual computation and generative drawing. The confrontation of the logics of an abstract formal system

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MIT Doctoral Hooding & Commencement

Incredibly honoured to have received by doctoral hood from my mentor Terry Knight and my PhD diploma from President Rafael Reif. I thank Terry, my advisor George Stiny, and everyone in my MIT family for the unforgettably creative, mind-expanding, and

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MIT Doctoral Hooding & Commencement

Incredibly honoured to have received by doctoral hood from my mentor Terry Knight and my PhD diploma from President Rafael Reif. I thank Terry, my advisor George Stiny, and everyone in my MIT family for the unforgettably creative, mind-expanding, and

Talk and conversation at Waterloo’s 50th Anniversary Lecture Series

Watch here my talk and conversation with Charles Walker (Zaha Hadid Architects) reacting to the probe: How can digital technology qualitatively engage the complex material, economic and social realities of the world? This was part of a 6-fold series of

Talk and conversation at Waterloo’s 50th Anniversary Lecture Series

Watch here my talk and conversation with Charles Walker (Zaha Hadid Architects) reacting to the probe: How can digital technology qualitatively engage the complex material, economic and social realities of the world? This was part of a 6-fold series of

Talk at CMU Symposium “Computational Design: Practices, Histories, Infrastructures”

I gave a talk on images of abstraction and abstractions of images in the two-day symposium “Computational Design: Practices, Histories, Infrastructures”, organized by Daniel Cardoso Llach at Carnegie Mellon University, 7-8 October 2017. The event brought together historians, designers, and

Talk at CMU Symposium “Computational Design: Practices, Histories, Infrastructures”

I gave a talk on images of abstraction and abstractions of images in the two-day symposium “Computational Design: Practices, Histories, Infrastructures”, organized by Daniel Cardoso Llach at Carnegie Mellon University, 7-8 October 2017. The event brought together historians, designers, and

“The Valency of Misplaced Concreteness in Design and the Mathematical Sciences” Session at 4S 2017, Boston

For the 4S Annual Meeting 2017, I am co-organizer, along with Clare Kim of MIT’s STS Program, of a closed panel that rethinks the abstract-concrete opposition in design and mathematics. The panel draws on A.N. Whitehead’s “fallacy of misplaced concreteness” as a provocation to

“The Valency of Misplaced Concreteness in Design and the Mathematical Sciences” Session at 4S 2017, Boston

For the 4S Annual Meeting 2017, I am co-organizer, along with Clare Kim of MIT’s STS Program, of a closed panel that rethinks the abstract-concrete opposition in design and mathematics. The panel draws on A.N. Whitehead’s “fallacy of misplaced concreteness” as a provocation to

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McGill University School of Architecture

Joined the faculty at the McGill University School of Architecture as tenure-track Assistant Professor. Thrilled to be amidst excellent new colleagues and a stellar academic home!

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McGill University School of Architecture

Joined the faculty at the McGill University School of Architecture as tenure-track Assistant Professor. Thrilled to be amidst excellent new colleagues and a stellar academic home!

“Graphing Theory” PhD Dissertation Defense, MIT

I defended my MIT dissertation Graphing Theory: New Mathematics, Design, and the Participatory Turn amidst mentors, advisors, colleagues, friends, family, and the wonderfully intricate murals of Frank Stella. I will post a link to my dissertation as soon as it

“Graphing Theory” PhD Dissertation Defense, MIT

I defended my MIT dissertation Graphing Theory: New Mathematics, Design, and the Participatory Turn amidst mentors, advisors, colleagues, friends, family, and the wonderfully intricate murals of Frank Stella. I will post a link to my dissertation as soon as it