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Specialist Subject Areas
Architecture, Design, Fab Lab, Digital
Fabrication, Responsive environments, Interdisciplinary projects.
2014: Fab Academy Diploma
2014: HEA Fellowship
2005-2006: MSc Energy Efficient Buildings
2002-2005: Diploma in Architecture, RIBA Part 2
1998-2001: BA Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
Olivia is a Senior Lecturer at CSAD, having
joined the School in December 2009. Originally from Greece, she studied
Architecture at Oxford Brookes University (Part2) where she was supervised by David Greene
[Archigram] for her final project. She then pursued a Master’s degree in Energy
Efficient Buildings under the supervision of Prof Susan Roaf and Prof Michael
On completion of her studies, Olivia
returned to Greece, practicing as a freelance Architect after having worked in
Tombazis Meltitiki architects office in Athens [http://www.tombazis.com]
She later relocated to Barcelona and worked
at Miralles Tagliabue Architects [http://www.mirallestagliabue.com] and Rodrigo
Prats architects. The two years Olivia spent working on architectural projects
changed her design thinking, and provided the creative impetus behind her study
of digital fabrication and interaction in architecture.
Since she joined CSAD, she has taught in
Architectural Design and Technology, Interior Architecture where she was the
programme leader for 2 years, Product Design, Artist Designer: Maker, MDes, the
theory module that is taught across the School and also in the
interdisciplinary projects [Field Module] across the Art and Design School.
Olivia was appointed to be the Field Module
Manager for two years, a new multidisciplinary module that involves all 7
courses in the School of Art and Design.
Olivia’s recent research is collaboration
between five institutes in Europe as part of a European project [EASTN] aiming
at making creativity and digital artworks more accessible to the society, by
promoting the development, at the European scale, of a deep and collective
awareness of the current artistic trends and technologies. Works of 20 european
artists including her work has been curated by Olivia and showcased in M.A.D.E.
gallery and cf24 Project, Cardiff.
Moreover, Olivia is the driving force
behind the School’s new Fab Lab facility. She started setting up Fab Lab
Cardiff in 2011, graduated from the Fab Academy course
[http://www.fabacademy.org] in July 2014 and has seen all phases until its
official launch in Sept 2014. Since then Olivia tries to spend as much time as
possible in the Lab, working on relevant teaching, research and enterprise
activities www.fablabcardiff.com. She
welcomes collaboration with artists and designers in Cardiff and in other parts
of the world!
She likes meeting new people, music and
traditional musical instruments, learning new languages, new traditions and
customs, travelling, volleyball, windsurfing and ski.
Current Research and Enterprise Activities
Student Experience Fund 2016 - in collaboration with the Outdoor Learning centre in the school of education in CMU
PhD candidate: How can Fab Labs contribute
to the co-design and co-production of public space structures?
ArtWorks Cymru Seed Fund 2 (Wendy Keay
Bright leading the project)
Principal Publications ,Exhibitions, Enterprise outcomes and Awards
Get Started Fund 2015 (collaboration with
MuniArts Centre and Wendy Keay-Bright)
European Art Science Technology Network
[EASTN]: part of the UK partner team, 2014-15 (Creative Europe)
Exhibition curation for the European Art
Schience and Technology showcase of work (from 20 European Artists) M.A.D.E. gallery , CF24 Project 2015
Secret Garden Interactive Installation and
workshop:Miso Music Festival 2015, Belem,
Santander fund 2014 (Boston MA International Fab Lab conference)
Short Term Mobility Fund 2014: Successful application for funding for staff and student educational trip in India
40th ICMC and 11th SMC Conference 2014 : Digitally Fabricated Musical Instruments [workshop]
EASTN Artist in Residence in Ionian University 2014: Interactive, digitally fabricated maypole design, fabrication and performance.
EASTN kids workshop 2014: digitally fabricated blocks and stamps for block printing.
Fab Lab Specialist in the A4B Academics for Business project [Micro Enterprise and Emergent Technologies Lab “Meet Lab” http://meetlab.co.uk ] : part of the academic team in the A4B Scheme
Object Sandbox: 3d printed Augmented Ney: a collaboration between Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos [CSAD], Antony Mace [freelance product designer, John O’Connell [Cardiff University] . Involved in 3d printing and interaction design. The Ney was exhibited in the London Design Festival 2014
Santander fund 2013 (collaboration with
Porto School of Architecture and fab Lab Porto)
Organised Sound Journal: Special Issue Article: My content/My Space/ My Music, 2012
ATINER 2nd Annual International Conference of Visual and Performing Arts – paper: Music and Architectural Design for a snowpark event, 2011
SMC Sound and Music Computing Conference – paper: From Snow [to space to movement] to Sound, 2011
Strategic Insight Programme fund – Fab Lab Barcelona, 2011
Spanish Pavilion for the international World expo in Shanghai [competition 1st award], 2010. The architects’ team’s efforts and drawings have been published in various occasions.