Societies are in constant dialog with their past. They keep looking back at it, trying to remember it, while at the same time continuously forming a new conception of it. In a way, societies keep re-writing their history with reference to their present and the conditions that it poses.
The same is true for scientific and artistic disciplines and therefore, architecture and design are also in constant dialog with their past which they keep re-evaluating. In that context, references are always an important part of any design process. They represent in a sense the memories of architecture. Organizing and accessing those memories was always a challenge that was addressed by various devices and practices. Lately, that role is increasingly assumed by social media protocols that provide through their feeds an abundance of reference material. At the same time, big data makes sure that we can store almost everything and be able to reference it whenever needed. However, it remains rather unclear who defines those referencing mechanisms, both in terms of their function and their accessibility. And while social media feeds still require some interaction with the user, Artificial Intelligence tools are taking the whole question of referencing several steps further. Therefore, while references are becoming more important than ever, our ability to control them is constantly diminishing. The ability to have ‘all’ memories available, paradoxically, leads to a state of having no memories at all.
Within that framework of references, memories and their loss, the program will look during its three semesters at specific urban areas of the city of Thessaloniki. It will try to identify their problems, their politics and aesthetics, and their memories – or the lack thereof. At the same time to develop new tools, through digital technologies, that will allow the re-evaluation of existing processes and will generate proposals that while addressing specific problems will engage design as a field of possibilities.
The three strands of the programme
The Programme is organized in three strands that are associated with the familiarization with the concept of advanced design and its evolution. More specifically, the first strand focuses on innovation, the second on transdisciplinarity, and the third on experimentation. The first strand concerns the role of creativity and innovation in architecture, a socially responsible profession and their relevance nowadays. The second strand concerns the transverse communications among diverse domains for the possibility of innovative approaches through collaborations. The third strand concerns experimentation as a research methodology for advanced design.
The primary aim of the programme is to offer its graduates the possibility to construct new knowledge, competencies and skills that will render them, creative, effective and intellectual professionals, with the desire to be lifelong, agile and affective learners towards a critical, creative and socially responsible career.
The commitment of all contributors is to ensure quality and excellence, through continuous assessment and improvement of the educational process, as well as the promotion and fostering of collaborations with relevant research, educational and professional institutions of Greece and beyond.
Administrative Support: Department of Architecture, School of Engineering, AUTh
Director : Anastasios Tellios (Professor, School of Architecture ) 2019-
Dimitris Gourdoukis (Assistant Professor, School of Architecture)
Konstantina Kalara (Assistant Professor, School of Architecture)
Dimitrios Kontaxakis (Associate Professor, School of Architecture)
Spiros Papadimitriou (Assistant Professor, School of Architecture)
Anastasios Tellios (Professor, School of Architecture)
The advanced design post-graduate program offers an expansive approach to contemporary design processes through an interdisciplinary perspective that engages both design as a process at large and the tools that form that process. During the three semesters of the program, students will develop advanced design strategies, they will apply them towards specific design problems and they will acquire a proficiency in a large array of tools – including but not limited to digital tools of design, representation and fabrication.
Research Agenda (5th Cycle, 2023-25)
Secretariat of the Postgraduate Programme
Tel :+30 2310 995510
>> Application period opens 15th May!
(two rounds of interviews will take place, the first in July 2023 and the second in September 2023 – if there ’re available positions)