BiographyTheodora Vardouli is Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. Her research broadly examines algorithmic techniques of describing, generating, and simulating architectural form and performance -- their histories, cultural meanings, and operational implications for creative design.
Her recent scholarship has revolved around processes of mathematization that preceded, and paralleled, the introduction of computers to architectural design, along with knowledge cultures of the settings in which these unfolded. Current research projects include investigation of activity in design methodology and its intersections with computer aided design research in postwar North America, genealogies of formalism in the interface of architecture and mathematics, and histories of dynamic modeling in postwar British architectural theory. Alongside these critical historical projects, Vardouli investigates, through teaching and critical design work, collisions between perceptual shape, material things, and structural abstraction while designing and making with digital tools.
Vardouli's articles have been published in Leonardo, Design Studies, Perspective, Nexus, and several edited collections. She is co-curator of the SSHRC-funded exhibition Vers une imaginaire numérique (UQAM, 2020) and co-editor of Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground (Routledge).
Before McGill, Vardouli was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and Lecturer at the Boston Architectural College. Vardouli holds a PhD and a SMArchS in Design and Computation from MIT, where she was Presidential Fellow for doctoral studies, and a Master of Science in Design-Space-Culture from the National Technical University of Athens, where she also completed her first architectural training leading to her MArch. Vardouli's research has been supported from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada, the Onassis Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
architectural computation, history of computing, science and technology studies, critical design and making