4th International Symposium

Formal Methods in Architecture

Alexandros Kallegias

University College London


Complexity Revival in Architecture; Building Innovation


Short bio:

Alexandros Kallegias is an architect and a researcher. Alexandros graduated from the Architecture School of the University of Patras, Greece and completed his postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association Design Research LAB (ΑΑDRL) in London,UK. His practice background includes having been a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects and BIM Coordinator for different projects in different countries.

His research has been presented and published in peer reviewed reports and international publications like eCAADe, CAAD Futures, and SimAUD, among others. Alexandros is the Head of the AA Athens Visiting School, the AA Summer DLAB and the AA Greece Visiting School. He also teaches at graduate studies at the University College London.

Alexandros gives lectures in the UK and abroad while he has been an invited in juries like the Archiprix 2015 in Ankara, Simaud and IsArch. He has previously taught as an Associate Lecturer at the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, and in the School of Architecture of Liverpool University.

Aryanour Djalali



What if architecture could change the world?


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Architect. He is Founder and CEO of DNA Barcelona Architects, a global architectural firm committed to developing futuristic, organic and technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of affinity for nature.

Aryanour Djalali was graduated from Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Delft University, on several prizes, performs currently lectures at renamed academic institutions, participated in TEDx Barcelona and have several works located in five continents.


Goncalo Castro Henriques

Faculdade Arquitetura, Universidade Federal Rio Janeiro


Form finding and generative systems: A theoretical and applied research project


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Gonçalo Castro Henriques is a Full Professor at Rio de Janeiro Federal University (FAU-UFRJ) and coordinator of the Laboratory for models and Digital Fabrication (LAMO-UFRJ). PhD Architect (FAUTL, Lisbon 2013), MArch (ESARQ-UIC, Barcelona 2004), Architect (ESAP Porto 2000), Erasmus student (TUE Eindhoven 1998). Currently he is the Vice- President of the Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics (SIGraDi). Architect, Researcher and Professor on the integration of generative processes (algorithmic and parametric design, scripting), with simulation and digital manufacturing (CAAD-CAE-CAM). He thrives to connect the academy, research and industry introducing algorithmic design and digital fabrication. Currently focused on the development of responsive systems through the merge and intertwine of areas such as architecture, computation and biology.

Javier Poyatos Sebastián

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia


Form and meaning in architecture and urbanism: principles of quality


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Ph.D. Architect. Professor and Coordinator for Theory of Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Director of the Department of Architectural Composition, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He has been Secretary and Deputy Director of the Department of Architectural Composition, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Deputy Director of Quality and Deputy Director of Culture, Quality and Image of La Escuela Politécnica Superior of Alcoy, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He leads the research team “Innovación y Excelencia en la Configuración de los Entornos Humanos” of the Department of Architectural Composition, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He has organized several international symposium and seminars related to architecture. He has various publications on theory and criticism of architecture and the city. Among the buildings in Offices of Banesto Bank and Commercial Gallery Jorge Juan, both in Valencia.

José Nuno Beirão

FAUL Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon


Urban challenges: from regions to streets


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José Nuno Beirão has a Degree in Architecture (1989) from the Faculty of Architecture, TU Lisbon. He worked in several architecture offices between 1988 and 1993. In 1998 founded the architecture firm Bquadrado architects together with Miguel Braz (www.bquadrado.com). Master in Urban Design in 2005, at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, and PhD in Urban Design and Computation at TU Delft, Netherlands, in 2012. The theme of his dissertation is the development of design patterns for developing computational tools for urban design. In his thesis "CItyMaker: Designing for Urban Design Grammars" the acronym CIM stands for City Information Modeling, stressing the emphasis of information support in urban design. His current research interests focus on the use of parametric systems and geographic databases to investigate the following topics: (1) measuring parameters of urbanity and morphological studies, (2) development of urban design evolutionary systems, (3) customizable systems for social housing including actions at urban plan level, (4) developing strategies for the Portuguese dispersed territories, (5) future housing (6) game based participatory systems, (7) urban analysis.

Vítor Oliveira

CITTA Research Centre for Territory Transports and Environment


Urban morphology: teaching different approaches


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Vítor Oliveira is Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Territory Transports and Environment (CITTA / FEUP) and ‘Professor Auxiliar’ of Urban Morphology and Urban Planning at ULP, where he also coordinates the scientific area of urban planning. He is an architect (FAUP), has an MSc in Planning and Design of the Built Environment (FAUP/FEUP), and a PhD in Planning / Civil Engineering (FEUP). He is the President of the Portuguese-language Network of Urban Morphology (PNUM) and a member of the Scientific Council of the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF). He is editor of the Revista de Morfologia Urbana, a member of the editorial board of Urban Morphology and an advisory editor of The Urban Book Series (Springer). In 2016 he has published ‘Urban Morphology. An introduction to the study of the physical form of cities’ (Springer), a textbook on urban morphology tested in courses in 9 universities in Portugal, Brazil, Spain and China - currently being translated to Persian language. A new book, ‘Teaching urban morphology’ (Springer) will be published in the first semester of 2018.