Architectural Morphology

investigative modelling and spatial analysis



John Peponis is Professor of Architecture and Associate Chair for Advanced Studies and Research at the School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology. He has pioneered the development of computational descriptions of the spatial organization of buildings and cities as it affects their human performance. He is a leading researcher and scholar in the field of space syntax. His work addresses the fundamental principles and constraints that govern the generation and functions of built form; also, the application of research in design practice, to help set design aims and evaluate design alternatives. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the General Services Administration, the Ministry of Research in Greece, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Steelcase, and Perkins + Will. He is a registered architect in Greece and collaborates with Kokkinou and Kourkoulas Architects. He also works with Perkins + Will on the assessment of the human performance of built space.


John Peponis

Professor, Associate Chair, Advanced Studies and Research, School of Architecture

GeorgiaTech (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Sophia Psarra

Reader, the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL, Editor, Journal of Space Syntax

Sophia Psarra is Reader of Architecture and Spatial Design at the Bartlett, UCL, and editor of the Journal of Space Syntax. She was previously Associate Professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan (2005-2010) and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University (1997-2004). Her research interests are in the area of conceptual and perceptual spatial characteristics and their relationship with patterns of movement, use and cultural content. Her activities in these areas have resulted in publications, (Architecture and Narrative –The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning, Routledge 2009), creative installations and design projects. She has collaborated with leading cultural institutions on layout design, exhibition narratives and visitors’ experience (The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York, The Natural History Museum, London, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow, The Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, The Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh). As a practicing architect, she was part of a team that won first prizes in international architectural competitions (EUROPAN). Her work has been exhibited in Venice Biennale, the George Pompidou Centre, NAI Rotterdam, London, Berlin, Milan and Athens in Europe.



Meta Berghauser-Pont is Chair of Urban Design within the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. Her PhD thesis, 2009, together with Per Haupt developed a method to measure density so it can in a meaningful way be related to urban form and other performances. This has been published by NAi Publishers in 2010: ‘Spacematrix. Space, Density and Urban Form’. Since her doctorate this performative approach to urban form has been further developed in cooperation with other researchers, e.g. Lars Marcus (KTH Stockholm Sweden), Erik Salomons (senior researcher TNO Delft), Birgit Hausleitner (PhD candidate TU Delft), and Eva Minoura (PhD candidate KTH Stockholm Sweden). Currently she is also working as a researcher at the KTH School of Architecture. Besides, she was member of the scientific committee of the last ISUF (International Seminar on Urban Form) conference, New Urban Configurations, organised in Delft, October 2012.


Meta Berghauser Pont, Chair, Urban Design, Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Ermal Shpuza, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta

Ermal Shpuza is Associate Professor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University and Visiting Professor at Art History Department, Emory University. His research interests span across architectural and urban morphology, allometry in the built environment, urban history, and design computing. His work is focused on the interaction between boundary shape and circulation network in buildings and cities, development of descriptive measures of shape, urban evolution in Adriatic and Ionian coastal cities, impact of physiography on street networks, and effects of floorplate on daylight and acoustics. He presently teaches design studios focusing on urban renewal and passive environmental systems, and courses on research methods, morphology and design, urban design theory, and environmental technology. He is a registered architect with several years of practice on workplace projects. He received his architectural degree from PU Tirana, and completed post-graduate studies at the Bartlett, UCL and Georgia Institute of Technology.


Ulrika Karlsson is a partner and founding member of the research and design collaborative servo stockholm. Her firm's work focuses on the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states and electronic information infrastructures. Recent projects include exhibition design for Bonniers Konsthall, the design of a private residence in Stockholm, a proposal for a hydrodynamic vegetated roofscape for a university building in Albano, Stockholm and a proposal for a hydrodynamic vegetated roofscape in Cancun. servo’s work has been exhibited widely, notably at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, Archilab, Artists Space, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) and is in the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the FRAC Centre. Recent publications include a monograph entitled Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and The New Mathematics of Architecture.


Karlsson received her Architecture degree from Columbia University and her Landscape Architecture degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Karlsson has lectured internationally and contributed to numerous journals including Perspecta, Via, Arkitektur and AD. She is currently a visiting professor at the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH in Stockholm, where she teaches graduate design studio and seminars, and where she previously served as the Director of the Architecture program.

Ulrika Karlsson, Professor, KTH School of Architecture, Founder/Architect, Servo

Christian Derix, Founder, AEDAS Computational Design Research Group (CDR), Visiting Professor, Technical University Munich

Christian Derix founded Aedas' Research & Development Group in 2004. He leads the Computational Design Research Group [CDR] that develops computational design applications for generative and analytical design processes in architecture with an emphasis on properties of space and human occupation. Derix studied architecture and computation in Italy and the UK and has researched and taught the subject at various European universities since 2001, publishing over 35 papers and belonging to several scientific committees of international journals and conferences such as the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). He is currently finishing a visiting professorship for Emergent Technologies at the Technical University Munich. Recently, the work of CDR has been shortlisted for various design prices and research awards like the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and won the commendation of the President’s Medal for Practice Research of the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA].


Åsmund Izaki is a senior designer and researcher at Aedas R&D where he joined the Computational Design and Research group in 2007. During this time he has been researching and implementing new forms of furniture design, architecture and urban planning through code. Åsmund holds an MArch from NTNU, Norway, where he specialised in architecture and adaptive systems. After finishing his studies he worked with the architecture group servo and the interaction design office Kram/Weisshaar on projects that have been exhibited and published widely internationally. He is regularly invited to lead courses and workshops on interdisciplinary topics related to design and technology.

Åsmund Izaki, senior designer, researcher, AEDAS Computational Design Research Group (CDR)

Daniel Koch, Researcher, Director of Research Studies, KTH School of Architecture, Architect, Patchwork Architecture Laboratory

Daniel Koch is an architect and researcher in architecture and urban design at the KTH School of Architecture. After doing his Ph.D. work on complex, public buildings (libraries and department stores), his research has repeatedly bridged the gap between building complexes and urbanity, either within projects or between projects, weaving together and developing theories and tools that are often developed predominantly for or within one of the areas. This includes studies of suburban centres, walkability research, and academic campii, but also Sweden’s largest hospital complex. His research has lead to a number of invitations to speak at conferences as well as writing book chapters, and giving lectures nationally and internationally. While focusing on spatial morphology, the research has an increased focus on discussing the emergent performative effects on the one hand, and refining research results towards principles and terminology that can be used within the design process on the other.


Pablo Miranda Carranza is an architect and researcher, and has been working with computational analysis methods and generative systems in architecture since his last years of studies at the Architecture School at the University of East London. After he finished his studies Pablo Miranda worked as a researcher at the Interactive Institute as well as doing research and teaching at the School of Architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, both in Stockholm. Most of this research has focused on producing prototypes of interactive and responsive spaces, as well as continuing developing computational generative approaches. The results of this work, produced individually or through collaborations, have been exhibited and published internationally. From 2006 to 2011 he joined the Computational Design Research (CDR) group at Aedas R&D. As part of the CDR Pablo Miranda developed a number of analytic and generative software applications for the use within the architectural practice at Aedas. Since April 2011 Pablo Miranda works at the KTH School of Architecture as part of the Spatial Analysis Group with an extensive role in the EU-funded RIBS project developing modeling and simulation tools, and teaches also teaches in both Bachelor and Masters’ level.

Pablo Miranda, researcher, KTH School of Architecture

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