Dr. Abel MAciel

Conference Chair

Abel Maciel is an Architect and Senior Research Associate at the University College London. His research interests include Computational Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain). He is Director of Design Computation, a specialist consultancy based in London. There, he focuses on the development and delivery of complex Building Information Modelling, Programmatic Design, and Digital Fabrication. Abel brings extensive experience in architecture and research on a wide range of design typologies and scales, working with some of the world's leading design practices, such as Arup, Foster and Partners, Heatherwick Studio and Zaha Hadid Architects. He is a Founding Director of the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC) and Faculty Member of the UCL Centre of Blockchain Technologies.

Prof. Daniel Hall

Scientific Committee

Daniel Hall is Assistant Professor of Innovative and Industrial Construction at the Institute of Construction and Infrastructure Management, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The overarching theme of his research is to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship in the construction industry through new technologies, processes, and organizational models to integrate the fragmented construction supply chain.

His research interests are industrialized construction and innovative project management. Ongoing research in industrialized construction includes circular economy models for industrialized housing, cloud-based configuration platforms, and new business models for systemic innovation in industrialized production. Ongoing research in innovative project management includes smart contracts using blockchain, managing digital fabrication, integrated project delivery, collaborative design management in VR/AR, and common data environments to enable virtual design and construction.

Prof. Hall holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2017) in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) from Stanford University where he was recipient of the Charles H. Leavell Fellowship for Civil Engineering. He founded and organizes the annual Center for Integrated Facility Engineering Industrialized Construction Forum at Stanford University. In 2012, he was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College London. Prof. Hall is currently an associated investigator at the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research “Digital Fabrication – Innovative Building Processes in Architecture.”

Prof. Hall holds a Master of Science (2014) in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science (2008) in Architectural Engineering from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Eleni Papadonikolaki

Scientific Committee

Eleni Papadonikolaki is a management consultant and Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Management in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL). Eleni is Deputy Programme Leader of the MSc Project and Enterprise Management and teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and executive levels.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of Management, Social Science, and Engineering. Bringing practical experience of working as an architect engineer and design manager on a number of complex and international projects, she is researching and helping teams collaborate and manage the interfaces between digital technology and management. She is a steering board member and part-time researcher at the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC) on the impact of Blockchain technology on supply chains and trust.

Prior to joining academia Eleni worked as architect and design manager on a number of complex, international and varying-scale projects in Greece, the Netherlands, Oman and United Arab Emirates. She is an alumna of TU Delft, Netherlands and NTUA, Greece. Her vision for the built environment entails an inclusive dialectic relation between management science and digital technologies to support change and innovation.

Prof. James Tompkin

Scientific Committee

I am a computer graphics, vision, and human-computer interaction researcher who investigates how new techniques in visualcomputing can remove barriers from the creative process and help organize visual information.

  • How can we make video a creative medium for  every­one?

  • How can computation re­move bar­riers from interaction?

  • How can image understanding help us ex­plore media?

To help answer these questions, I cre­ate gra­phics, vision, and inter­action tech­niques which improve our under­standing of the connections within media.

To know more about my research, please visit my website or watch the overview below.

Prof. Jeremy Melvin

Advisory board

Jeremy Melvin is an architectural historian, a curator, a writer, a journalist, and a regular consultant to the profession and broader audiences on matters of architectural history, politics, and practice. He has held a number of key influential roles including; 1996-7, Director, the Architecture Foundation, 2000-2014, Development of architecture programme, Royal Academy of Arts, and 2007- present: Curator World Architecture Festival. He curated ‘Richard Rogers: Inside Out’ (2013) – the RA’s first large scale exhibition on contemporary architecture for more than 10 years. He is the author of six books on architecture, several key research papers the Journal of Architecture, and the Journal of the 20th Century Society, and 100’s of articles in leading professional journals, broadsheets, and magazines. In 2016 he edited ‘175 Years of Architectural Education at UCL’, a publication that traced the pioneering history of The Bartlett School of Architecture and contextualized it recent international acclaim within the progression of the profession and its links to UK academia. It was published as a special edition of The Architectural Review with 15,000 copies distributed worldwide. Jeremy has also recently founded ‘Thinkspace’ a new event series for UCL led by The Bartlett School of Architecture, and supported by The Backstage Trust.

Prof. Kate Jeffery

Advisory Board

My lab is interested in how neurons encode complex space. We study the activity of single neurons in the hippocampus and in those regions that project to it, in order to understand what environmental information the cells use to form their map of space. We study rats and mice, and our collaborators extend those findings into studies in humans.

The lab is part of a bigger group of researchers known as the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (IBN), which I established in order to develop the biological profile of the  department and bring psychology and neuroscience closer together

Our research themes include The sense of place, The sense of direction, Vision for navigation and Complex space.

Dr. Kimon Krenz

Scientific Committee

Dr Kimon Krenz is Research Associate at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is part of the Space Syntax Laboratory as well as the Urban Dynamics Lab, a five-year EPSRC-funded research project, which addresses questions at the intersection of city and regional development with spatial analytics, data science and computing. Kimon’s research is specifically interested in how recent advances in data science can aid us in understanding the complexity of cities and regions, and how we can use this knowledge in the planning process. More broadly, Kimon is interested in spatial networks, urban systems and the modelling of human movement behaviour with a particular concern of space syntax, spatial data mining and machine learning. His previous EPSRC funded research focused on the spatial organisation of polycentric urban regions and the relationship between spatial network centralities and socio-economic factors within these regions. Kimon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has – besides numerous teaching activities – also experience in delivering international seminars and workshops. In addition to his academic work, Kimon has a background in architecture and urban design as well as experience working as an architect and a consultant for medium to large-scale urban development projects in Germany, which have been awarded several architecture prizes.

Paul Finch

Advisory Board

Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival; deputy chair of the Design Council and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.

Born London in 1949 he took a history degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before going into journalism. He was deputy editor of Estates Times (now Property Week), 1976-1983; editor of Building Design, 1983-94; editor of the Architects’ Journal, 1994-1999, and editor of The Architectural Review 2005-2009.

He was a commissioner and deputy chair at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, 1999-2005, and chair, 2009-2011. He chaired Cabe’s Olympic Design Review panel from 2006-2012. He has been joint editor of Planning in London since 1992.

He received an honorary FRIBA in 1994; an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster, 2004; and an honorary fellowship from University College London, 2006. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland; an honorary member of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales; and an honorary member of the British Council for Offices. He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2002.

Penelope Haralambidou

Design Theory Committee Chair

Penelope Haralambidou is an architect, researcher and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she coordinates the MPhil/PhD Architectural Design and design Unit One. Haralambidou studied architecture engineering at NTU, Athens and her graduating thesis project received a Commendation from the Greek Technical Chamber in 1993 and an Excellence in Design Student Award from the AIA, UK Chapter in 1995. She completed the MArch Architecture Design with Distinction in 1995, and the PhD Architectural Design in 2003, both at the Bartlett, UCL, supported by scholarships from Alexander S. Onassis, IKY foundations and the Maggie Scrutton Award.

Her speculative architectural projects have received prizes in international competitions organised by Europan, 1996, Academy of Architecture Arts & Sciences, 1997, Van Alen Institute, 1998, Shinkenchiku-sha, 1998. Two of these projects, Governor’s Island and Gridiron Memorial, were reworked into digital films and presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000.

Between 1999 and 2004 she was a founding member of Tessera, an interdisciplinary practice involved in experimental design, installation, curating and exhibition design. Tessera’s work was distinguished in architectural competitions, exhibited and published internationally. Notable projects include their installation Drawing Fix, for the Museum of Modern Art in Athens in 2002 and their designs for the exhibitions, Athens-scape: The 2004 Olympics and the Metabolism of the City at the RIBA, London in 2003 and Heart Art Agency’s inaugural New York show at the Art Directors Club, New York in 2003. 

As part of the organising team of the research cluster, ‘Spatial Imagination in Design’, funded by the EPSRC and AHRC, Designing for the 21st Century (PI Professor Jane Rendell), 2004–05, she curated and designed the catalogue of the exhibition Spatial Imagination. In her role as Research Associate, 2006–07, she was responsible for developing a new branch of the architecture school’s website dedicated to research and managed the design and presentation of the Architecture Research Group’s Design Portfolios: an innovative part of the highly successful Bartlett RAE 2008 submission. Her current work lies between architectural design, art practice and curating, experimental film and critical theory and has been published and exhibited internationally. She is the author and editor of The Blossoming of Perspective: A Study (DomoBaal Editions, 2007) and has contributed writing on themes such allegory, figural theory and stereoscopy in architecture to a wide range of publications. Her forthcoming book, Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire (Ashgate, 2012) forms part of the Design Research in Architecture series. She is peer reviewer for The Journal of Architecture, 2009– and Architectural Research Quarterly, 2007– , a member of the RIBA Validating Board, 2007– , and external examiner at Westminster University, Central School of Speech and Drama, Architectural Association, UCL, and University of Roehampton. Her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, London Gallery West, Bartlett Architecture Research Fund and Graduate School, UCL, and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President’s Awards for Research in 2008.

Dr. Sean Hanna

Scientific Committee Chair

Dr. Sean Hanna is Reader in Space and Adaptive Architectures at UCL, Director of the Bartlett’s MSc/MRes programs in Architectural Computation, and Academic Director of UCL’s Doctoral Training Center in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation. He is a member of the Space Group, noted as one of the UK’s highest performing research groups in the field of architecture and the built environment in the 2008 RAE and supported by three consecutive EPSRC platform grants. Prior to academia, his background is in architecture and design practice, in which his development and application of design algorithms includes major projects with architects Foster + Partners and sculptor Antony Gormley.

Sean’s research is primarily in developing computational methods for dealing with complexity in the built environment, including the comparative modelling of space and its perception by machine, and the use of machine learning and optimisation techniques for the design and fabrication of structures.

Recent research projects include: ENFOLDing (http://enfolding.blogs.casa.ucl.ac.uk/), a collaboration between the Bartlett, CEGE, Mathematics, Security and Crime Science, Political Science and Geography, to model the global dynamics of complex systems of trade, migration, conflict and aid; and PROXIES, a project to understand the degree to which publicly available crime data can be used to make predictions about crime at particular locations within a city.

He has over 100 academic publications addressing the fields of spatial modelling, machine intelligence, collaborative creativity, among others, and his work has been featured in the non-academic press, including the Architects’ Journal and The Economist. He has served on the programme committees of more than ten conferences or symposia in his field and on the editorial boards of AI EDAM Journal and the Journal of Engineering Design.

Soomeen Hahm

Programme Committee

Soomeen Hahm is the founding director of the Soomeen Hahm Design Ltd and unit master of Research Cluster 9 at the Bartlett UCL.

As an architectural designer and educator based in London, she focuses on design through research within the computational paradigm in architecture across multiple scales and perspectives. Her main research looks at the ecology of computational power, technology and human intuition and the ways they overlap and impacts the design industry and physical environment. Her current design research focuses on the use of AR/VR assisted design and fabrication for executing complex digitally generated forms, augmented through wearable machines and human-computer interaction.

Soomeen has taught and lectured at numerous institutions in UK and internationally, teaching design studios, workshops and courses focusing on computational design. In addition to this, she is contributing to various online educational platforms and digital tool set libraries. Currently, she is a teaching fellow at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where she is directing Research Cluster 9 of Bartlettís B-Pro AD Master program under the title of ‘Augmented’. Prior to establishing her practice, Soomeen spent number of years working for Zaha Hadid Architects in London. She gained her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the Beijing Tsinghua University and her Master of Architecture degree at the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (DRL).

Prof. Stephen Gage

Advisory Board

Stephen Gage is Professor of Innovative Technology and the Course Coordinator in the Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research within the The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. Professor Gage adopts a research outlook that is mindful of how different forces, technological and architectural for instance, can co-determine one another:

"I am interested in the way that the technology of building relates to the external environment....During my long experience as a designer I have sustained an interest in the way that the technology of building can subtly modify the internal environment." Stephen Gage

Stephen Gage has utilised speculative - design approaches in his work previously such as when he and Will Thorne proposed the 'Edge Robots', a design strategy that encourages a ‘bottom-up’ approach to environmental control. The project asked whether it is possible to populate the edges of buildings with location-specific robots that both operate environmental modifiers and encourage building users to be sparing in their energy consumption. As wemakemoneynotart notes: The small robots would patrol building facades, regulating energy usage and indoor conditions. The machines would also "gesture meaningfully to internal occupants" when building users are clearly wasting energy. We need all the persuasion we can get to modify our behavior before the planet is severely compromised. Gage's teaching practice is also informed by cybernetics, most clearly in his 'The Wonder of Trivial Machines'. This paper argues that physical architecture can be observed as a trivial machine (as understood from the writings of Heinz von Foerster) nested inside another machine whose function is unknown. Thiss produces the attributes of non-trivial machines; ie delight and surprise. Harking back to cybernetic theory also inform's Gage's 'Constructing the User' which explores alternative, more enriching means of constructing the user of the built environment and that also poses the question: "how do we relate transient uses and experiences to environments that of necessity have to last for a very long time?"

One can witness these influences within: Agent based Interactives (EPSRC funded) (2005-2006). The project worked with primary school children to create an interactive floor installation consisting of an ecology of autonomous agents (including passing people).

Dr. Stephen Law

Scientific Committee

Dr Stephen Law is a Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the University College London Bartlett School of Architecture. His current research interests lie at the confluence of machine learning, urban analytics and real estate analysis. He completed a PhD in UCL studying the economic value of spatial networks in the housing market a master degree in Urban Design and a Bachelor degree in Economics. He has over 10 years of international consultancy experience (eg. Space Syntax Limited and Aecom) with emphasis on pedestrian movement modelling and simulation, geo-spatial analytics, network science and urban design.

Stephens research focuses on: “What is the intangible value of urban design?” Recent advances in citizen science and geo-data computation, present the possibility of analysing the collective perception of urban design with large volumes of crowd-source data and machine learning techniques. His research tackles this research challenging by discovering novel salient built environment factors using both network science methods from space syntax and methods in computer vision. He then uses machine learning methods to infer the implicit value from the design of the built environment. The vision and the ambition of the research is to build an open source toolkit known as the “Urban-Value Toolkit” where future urban design projects can be evaluated against and also be used to generatively improve existing design.

Prof. Victoria Farrow

Programme Committee

Victoria Farrow is a qualified Architect and chartered with the ARB. She has worked in practice, both as the director of her own architectural practice and also as an employee of practices in Nottingham working in variety of different sectors, including residential, commercial, retail, NHS and hotels. She has also worked with the fields of facilities management, BIM, occupancy planning, architectural visualisation and interior design. Victoria is incredibly passionate about architectural education and it is this that lead her into teaching in 2008 where she began working as an academic at the University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University. During her time as an academic, Victoria has developed networks with organisations working in USA, Chile and South Africa, which have provided her with the opportunity to both teach a number of times in the USA and also collaborate on numerous international projects and research activities.

In 2011, Victoria was one of the founding members of the aae (association of architectural educators) and in 2013, Victoria organised and hosted the inaugural aae conference at NTU to formally announce the association of architectural educators and the aae journal, Charette, for which she is a reviewer on the journal committee. This event was attended by over 40 different countries around the world. In 2014, Victoria supported the second aae conference at Sheffield University whilst on the conference committee, the aae conference 2016 at the Bartlett University where she presented research on the use of social media in the design studio and also the 2017 aae conference at Oxford Brooke’s university. Through the aae, Victoria has continued to work to support the improvement and development of architectural education in the UK. She has set up the aae and Vectorworks scholarship programme which provides free software to schools of architecture in the UK and continues to develop strategies to enhance teaching and learning for her students. In 2014, Victoria moved to join Birmingham City University in the role as Programme Director and Year 1 year leader. Having worked for more than 10 years delivering teaching and learning within the undergraduate years and postgraduate programmes at various institutions, Victoria is very experienced in her discipline. She has taught across them following fields within higher education: architecture, interior architecture, theatre design, architectural technology, BIM, CAD and digital architecture and a number of other specialist areas.

In 2016, Victoria established the network and internationally recognised event “BIM in Birmingham”. The series of BIM in Birmingham events, which have run in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and soon 2020, have attracted over 1300 guests from around the UK and internationally since the initiative was established. It aims to bring together practitioners, designers, BIM specialists, students and a range of others who are interested in Building information modelling in the built environment and the construction industry, to create a platform to discuss, present case studies and projects as well as debating key issues. The network of events has opened its doors to over 12 schools of architecture in the UK in the spirit of aae, providing access to specialist knowledge to range of students.