Dr. Kostis Ougrinis is an Architect-Engineer, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1994) and holds a Ph.D. degree, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2009). He has been a Visiting Research Associate at Harvard GSD (2004-2006) and has collaborated with Harvard FAS, MIT Media Lab and MIT CSAIL. Since 2006, he taught Architectural Design and Technology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2006-2009), followed by the Technical University of Crete (2008-present). He is the Director of the “Changing Architecture, Mobile Systems and Intelligent Environments” Laboratory of the School of Architecture at the Technical University of Crete.
His expertise is in flexible spatial systems, smart materials and responsive digital devices, focusing on technologies and methodologies that create an anthropocentric framework for architectural research and application. He has demonstrated and continues to support two new dynamic design directions named ‘spatial economy’ and ‘sensponsive architecture’. His research interests can be traced in education, culture, therapy, urban equipment and games. He is the author of Transformations: Paradigms for Designing Transformable Spaces (Harvard GSD Design and Technologies Report Series, 2006) and Changing Architecture: Movement, Adaptation, Flexibility (2011, Ion Publications). In the period 1995-2012, he worked in a number of architectural studies and constructions, with international visibility. In 2008, he was awarded the Europe 40 under 40 Architecture Award and in 2014 the Silver Award at the International Design Awards.