Dr KONSTANTINOS-ALKETAS OUNGRINIS
TUC TIE Lab Founder and Director
Associate Professor, School of Architectural Engineering | TUC
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Konstantinos-Alketas (Kostis) Oungrinis is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Innovative Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (TUC) in Greece. He is also the Director of the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory (TIE Lab) at the same university. During 2004-2005 he was a Visiting Research Associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He holds a Professional Diploma in Architectural Engineering (1994) and a PhD degree in Building Morphology and Kinetic Structures in Transformable Spaces (2009) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His work on dynamic, human-centered architecture involves research on kinetic structures, smart materials and responsive control systems for the creation of intelligent environments that can respond actively with ‘sense’ to the needs and wishes of people. His research specialises in transformable environments, activity-based design methods, time-space relationships, user-experience design, educational environments and spaces within extreme environmental conditions. He has developed two specific approaches for the successful implementations of IT in design titled spatial economy and sensponsive architecture, in collaboration with Marianthi Liapi. His work has been presented and published extensively through international conferences and also through design and fabrication workshops. His thematic areas of study involve extreme environments, educational environments and play. He is the author of two books: 1) Transformations: Paradigms for Designing Transformable Spaces (2006) Harvard GSD Design and Technologies Report Series, Cambridge, MA and 2) Transformable Architecture: Movement, Adaptation, Flexibility (2011) ION Publishers, Athens (in Greek). He also writes sci-fi novels. During 1995-2012 he participated in numerous architectural design projects. In 2008 he received the Europe 40 under 40 Architecture Award. In 2015, his Many Happy re-Turns project was a Silver Winner at the IDA International Design Awards.
Transformable architecture, intelligent environments, spatial augmented reality, dynamic building program, spatial economy, architecture in extreme conditions.