The lecture will feature recent work developed by the Design Research Laboratory (AADRL) and the experimental design studio Minimaforms examining a behavior-based agenda that engages experimental forms of material and social interaction. Cybernetic and systemic thinking through seminal forms of proto-typing and experimentation will situate the work through continued experiments that have manifested since the early 1950s as maverick machines, architectures and computational practices exploring the generative potential of self-regulating phenomena as proto-architectural environments. Through explicit models of interactions, observable patterns and proto-animalistic agency; the research will discuss the capacity of these systems to evolve, adapt and self-structure through computation.
Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s innovative team-based M.Arch program the Design Research Lab [DRL] (London). He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies working with the Interrogative Design Group and co-founded the New Media Research Initiative at the Architectural Association. He has taught in the graduate school of the University of Pennsylvania and the Royal College of Art, Innovation Design Engineering Department.
Theodore directs the experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms. The work of Minimaforms has been acquired by the FRAC Centre (France), the Signum Foundation (Poland) and the Archigram Archive (UK), and has exhibited at the Musueum of Modern Art in New York, Detroit Institute of Arts, ICA (London), Futura Gallery (Prague), Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), Architecture Foundation (UK), amongst others.
Theodore has previously worked as a project architect for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid Architects. He studied at the AA, Bartlett School of Architecture and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.