TUC TIE Lab Research Director: Educational Pla(y)ces Group /         Project Manager: Architecture and Education Research Programs

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Marianthi Liapi is an award-winning architect specializing in the experiential ergonomics of space through the application of architecturally flexible and technologically intelligent structures. Her research projects are grounded in the field of architecture and from there on they are branching out in learning spaces and playscapes, transformable intelligent environments, extreme environments, as well as in visual communication and strategies for information design. She is currently developing and testing an interdisciplinary research and design methodology titled Educational Pla(y)ces (Εκπαιδότοποι in Greek) targeting an enhanced school environment through the collaborative transformation of the everyday educational process into a learning-through-play productive activity with a dynamic spatial imprint. She has also developed, in collaboration with Kostis Oungrinis, a specific approach for the successful implementation of IT in space titled sensponsive architectureCurrently she is the Research Director of the lab's Educational Pla(y)ces Group and the Project Manager of the interdisciplinary research programs in Architecture and Education. She is also a PhD candidate at the AUTh School of Early Childhood Education. Her research work has been presented in international architecture (ACADIA, eCAADe, SIGraDi, EAAE/ENHSA, EuropIA) and interdisciplinary conferences (ICCMSE, EPA, ICSC, IPA, IAC), in refereed journal publications and books. She is annually involved with the organization and teaching of international design workshops. In 2002 she received an honourable mention at the ACADIA DDE Competition. In 2008 she received the Europe 40 under 40 Architecture Award.  In 2015, her Many Happy re-Turns project for children was a Silver Winner at the IDA International Design Awards. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and a MSc degree in Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For her studies in the US she was awarded scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Michelis Foundation, the Gerontelis Foundation and the MIT SA+P.

Research Areas
Architecture, learning environments, playscapes, learning through play, children's spaces, experiential ergonomics, psychospatiality, habitability in extreme environments, transformable intelligent environments, human computer interaction, information design.