Areti Markopoulou

Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. Her research and practice focus on redefining the architecture of cities through an ecological and technological spectrum combining design with biotechnologies, new materials, digital fabrication and big data.

She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, where she also leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built spaces, the way we live and interact. She is co-editor at Urban Next, a global network focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu and has been consulting and developing urban and research projects on topics including urban regeneration through data science, guidelines for urban technologies in public space (Barcelona City Council), circular design and construction (Digital Matter) and multidisciplinary educational models in the digital age (IAAC, SISD, UNIGE).

Markopoulou is the editor and co-author of “Learning Cities” (Actar, 2022), “Edible” (TAB, 2022), “ Black Ecologies” (Actar, 2019) and “Disrupting through Circular Design” (IAAC, 2019).She is the chair of Responsive Cities International Symposium that she co-founded in Barcelona in 2016 and she has ideated and founded pioneer academic programs including the City & Technology masters and the AI for the Built environment at IAAC. She has served as Head Curator of international exhibitions such as Edible (TAB 2022), Future Arena & On Site Robotics (Building Barcelona Construmat 2017-19), Print Matter (In3dustry 2016), HyperCity (Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale, 2015), BB MAKE (Beijing Design Week, 2014) and MyVeryOwnCity (World Bank, BR Barcelona, 2011). Markopoulou was appointed head co-curator of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022.