Dr Simos Vamvakidis
Lecturer in Architecture (Design)
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Lecturer for Architecture
Simos Vamvakidis holds a PhD in architecture from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). His PhD was titled "Generative & Parametric Architectural Design: The semantic shift, from the predefined, to a field of possibilities." His research focuses on Computational Design Thinking and has being published in books and international journals. He also has made a number of conference presentations, such as the eCAADe & siGRADi conferences.
He actually began studying Mathematics in the University of Athens, but soon changed his path towards obtaining a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering (TEI of Piraeus) and afterwards a Diploma in Αrchitectural Εngineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He was awarded the Fulbright and Mihelis scholarships prior his master’s at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA, MArchII). His PhD was funded by the Onassis foundation, which was followed by the National Greek Scholarships Fund.
He has worked on the design & construction of public and private spaces and buildings in architecture offices such as UNstudio in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Athens. His design proposals for SVstudio have won awards in 4 international architectural competitions. He has being teaching design studios and elective courses as a Lecturer / Year Leader and as an Assistant Professor in the UK, Greece and Lebanon, for more than 10 years. Some of those universities are: Liverpool University, Plymouth University, NTUA School of Architecture, and Lebanese American University (LAU). His teaching focuses on design studios, digital & parametric design and computer aided manufacturing (CAM).
He is interested in any architectural gesture that negotiates /proposes / poses questions related to the way we experience and interact with the public / private spaces, as a single person or as part of a wider social group, based on today’s social, economic and cultural context. He sometimes gives in to technological experimentations that come to clad an architectural idea
Fellow for HEA, the Higher Education Academy. Member of TEE-TCG, Greek chamber of architects.
He is interested in teaching design studios and in any architectural gesture that negotiates /proposes / poses questions related to the way we experience and interact with the public / private spaces, as a single person or as part of a wider social group, based on today’s social, economic and cultural context. He sometimes gives in to technological experimentation that comes to clad an architectural idea.
Simos is interested in generative and parametric design theory and professional practice, as well as possible applications using Computer Aided Manufacturing. His PhD in architecture is titled "Generative and Parametric Design: The semantic shift from designing an object to designing a field of possibilities".
Creative practice & artistic projects
Simos has worked in internationally acclaimed architecture offices, such as UNstudio in Amsterdam as an architect, where he was part of the main design team for the Qatar Railways system that includes more than 100 stations. Simos founded his architectural firm SVstudio in 2008. SVstudio has won prizes in international architectural competitions, such as the Faliron Landmark competition in Athens, Greece.