Areti Markopoulou

16.09.2021 | 21.05 – 21.35 CET
Materializing circular design
Areti Markopoulou, architect, researcher and urban technologist, academic director IAAC – Barcelona (online)


Areti Markopoulou is an architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, where she also leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact the way we live and interact by transforming the present and future of our built spaces.

Her research and practice focus on redefining the architecture of cities through an ecological and technological spectrum of combining design with biotechnologies, new materials, digital fabrication and big data.

Markopoulou is co-founder of the art/tech gallery StudioP52 in Barcelona and co-editor of Urban Next, a global network focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu. She is the project coordinator of several European Research funded projects on topics including urban regeneration through data science, circular design and construction and multidisciplinary educational models in the digital age.

She is the founder and current chair of the Responsive Cities International Symposium in Barcelona and as well as having her work featured in exhibitions worldwide. She has also served as a curator of international exhibitions such as Future Arena and On Site Robotics (Building Barcelona Construmat 2017-19), Print Matter (In3dustry 2016), HyperCity (Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale, 2015) and MyVeryOwnCity (World Bank, BR Barcelona, 2011). Together with Lydia Kallipoliti she has been appointed as the Head Curator for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022.