Computational Design Lab

2018-2019 Visiting Scholars

Javier Argota Sánchez-Vaquerizo is an architect and urban planner, technologist, researcher, and entrepreneur. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at the School of Architecture’s Computational Design Laboratory leading the project “Understanding Public Space Use in Market Square” with the support of  Metro21: Smart Cities Institute and in collaboration with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Recently he completed his MS in Computational Design as a Fulbright Grantee with the thesis “What You See Is What You Get” advised by Daniel Cardoso Llach where he developed key parts of an urban analysis toolkit that uses computer vision and machine learning techniques to collect and analyze anonymous data about the movement of people and vehicles in public spaces. Concurrent with this research, he co-founded the startup Urban Data Eye, for developing this technology further, which is central to his current project in Pittsburgh. Previously, while developing his own design work at JARD, he restructured and managed the Specialization Course in Infographics, Multimedia Presentation for Architectural Communication and he lectured at this degree and at the Masters in Architectural Communication of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. His work has been shown in the US, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, including the 2018 Venice Biennale.

Mine Ozkar is a Professor of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, and the coordinator, since 2018, of the graduate program in Architectural Design Computing. Collaborating with design professionals, computer scientists, and art historians, her research focuses on visual, spatial, and material aspects of design computation —as well as on their integration to foundational design education. In some of her previous work she has interpreted the history and theory of progressive pedagogy in art and design from a computational perspective. She is the author of Rethinking Basic Design in Architectural Education (Routledge, 2017), and the co-editor of Shaping Design Teaching (Aalborg University Press, 2012). Mine co-chaired CAADFutures 2017 in Istanbul, is a member of the editorial board of Nexus Network Journal on architecture and mathematics, and previously served on the elected editorial board for ACADIA International Journal of Architectural Computing. Professor Ozkar is currently working on a research project which both documents and reinterprets traditional building construction practices through a combination of historical and computational methods. During her visit, Professor Ozkar will be affiliated to the SoA’s Computational Design Laboratory (Code Lab), where she will collaborate with Professor Daniel Cardoso Llach and participate in several of the Computational Design programs’ academic and research initiatives.

For information about applying to a scholarly visit at the Code Lab, follow this link.    

Author: Yixiao Fu
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