NOMAD-rnd stands for non-standard oriented morphology in architectural design.
Nomad is a hub for educational processes and research on, for, by and with design. nomad was established by Dr Maria Voyatzaki, at the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The hub includes theoretical as well as design work yielded in the recent past on design, material and manufacturing experimentation. This work has been generated in courses, workshops, conferences, and publications in collaboration with research students and teaching assistants as well as through international fora and European Union funded projects. The work featured in the hub considers emergent processes, exploiting existing and inventing new techniques.
Maria Voyatzaki is Professor of architectural design and technology at the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) since 2001 and Chair of the new post-graduate course “Advanced Design: Transdisciplinarity and Innovation in Architectural Design”.
Her PhD at the University of Bath, School of Architecture (1996) investigated the design process of non-standard architecture entitled “An Insight into the Design Process of Unconventional Structures” and was supervised by Dr Chris Williams and Professor Sir Edmund Happold. Beyond working as a free lance architect since 1988 in Greece and Europe, she worked for Buro Happold (1993-1996). Her research and respective published work focuses on the integration of an idea and its materiality aiming at enhancing the quality of architecture through this integration. Recent research focuses on the morphogenetic power of matter in computational design processes.
She has taught for over 11 years in the United Kingdom at Bath and Plymouth University as Senior Lecturer, and was a visiting professor for a semester in Denmark (Aarhus School of Architecture). She organises, participates in the scientific and organizing committees, and lectures at a great number of international student workshops and international conferences for architecture educators. She is the Coordinator of the European Network of Construction Teachers since 2001 and the Coordinator of the Design and Technology ENHSA network since 2008. She has been the coordinator of a number of European funded programmes on architectural education, including the two-year funded Lifelong Learning Multilateral Project, continuum: from the school lab to the factory workshop that investigates new pedagogic protocols for teaching students on a file-to-factory logic (www.f2f-continuum.eu). She has also been the coordinator of the Thematic Network ENHSA (European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture 2008-2011, www.enhsa.net). She was a Council Member of the European Association for Architectural Education (2000-2007). She lectures abroad, is external examiner at a number of schools of architecture across Europe and sits at design juries around the world. She is a chartered architect in Greece and the U.K. and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.