FMA SYMPOSIA series (2011-2022)

Formal Methods in Architecture

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The programme contains several activities:

Conference with papers presentation and debate around the subject by researchers dedicated to this domain:

Keynote speeches;
Thematic sessions, assembling several presentations by invited researchers and of accepted papers followed by debate;
A special and separate session for little interventions by final year master students.

Workshops - half a day and full day. Short theoretical introduction and focus on the use of digital tools

Poster Exhibition - works developed using formal methods.

Works Exhibition - works developed using formal methods.

Exhibition Fair- of commercial and academic digital tools for architecture.

Social activities - promoting fruitful interrelationships among all participants.

A preliminary timetable, to be developed:

Timetable May, the 24th May, the 25th May, the 26th May, the 27th
8h30 - 9h00 Reception Reception
9h00 - 1100 Workshops Opening session Session Session
11h00 - 11h30 coffee-break coffee-break coffee-break coffee-break
11h30 - 13h00 Workshops Keynote session Keynote session Keynote session
13h00 - 14h00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14h30 - 16h00 Workshops Session session session
16h00 - 16h30 coffee-break coffee-break coffee-break coffee-break
16h30 - 19h00 Workshops Session session Closing session


At the momment, the Symposium can announce the following Keynote Speakers. Others will be announced soon.

Jose Muntañola Thornberg

Visiting Scholar in the School of Architecture in the University of California in Berkeley from 1970 until 1973 With a Scholarship from Spanish Northamerican Agreement
Full Professor Polytechnic University of Catalonia en 1979(Catedratico)
Visiting professor in the School of Architecture in the University of California in Berkeley in 1984
Chairman of the School Architecture in Barcelona from 1980 until 1984
Head of the Design department in the School of Architecture in Barcelona from 1986 until 1990 and from 2004 until 2010
Key speaker in the Smithonian Cenntenial Conference in Whashington in 1989 with Bruno Zevi and others
Keyspeaker in the international meetings of heads of school of architecture in Europe in Creta between 1980 until 1989 (several publications in the EAAE (Association of European schools of architecture.)
Head of the international Association of Semiotics of Architecture since 1985 until 1995
Doctor HONNORIS Causae for the Lusiada University in Lisbon in 2005
Invited to key speaker lectures in several schools of architecture in Zurich, Sevilla, Paris Florence, Medellin, Guadalajara, SantaFe, Sant Petersbourg, Athens, Lisbon, Caracas etc. Some of these lectures and seminars has been recorded in you tube with more than 1.000.000 visits
Hundreds of books and articles on architecture and planning First important book in 1974 La Arquitectura como Lugar Gustavo Gili Barcelona.
Other significant books: Topogenesis Uno Dos y Tres OIKOS Tau Barcelona 1980 La Topogenese Paris 1996
Las formas del Tiempo ABECEDARIO (Badajoz)2007
Arquitectura 2000 Editorial UPC Serie Arquitectonics.(2009)
Author of the Collection of Books about environmental and design education for children in 1980 in Spanish and Catalan (Oikos Tau Barcelona) A pioneer work at the time.
Author of the university collection of books in the ARQUITECTONICS MIND LAND AND SOCIETY started in 2001 and with 32 volumes already published until now.
This fundamental collection includes inedit dialogues with Paul Ricoeur with inedit articles by him on architecture and planning original letters by Lewis Mumford in correspondence with professor Muntañola from 1963 until his death in 1990, and also the Spanish versions of basic books by Amos Rapoport,Alberto Magnaghi and others.
Head of the ARQUITECTONICS NETWORK from 190 until now with 19 international conferences with leading experts in different disciplines, as next year 2021 with Karl Friston number one in in neurology, and the Addenda and Barrozzi- Vega the most important architectural studios today in Barcelona. In these conferences Amos Rapoport was invited three times, Roger Hart three times, Kevin Lynch two times,Bill Hillier two times, and leader architects Herzog-de Meuron Stephen Holl, Mark Mach etc, were invited to Barcelona when they were not famous at all .Rainer Zimmermann and J Pallasmaa were also invited and are now leading experts in the field of theoretical foundations of human spatial conditions.
Director of 65 PhD dissertations, see the list in the web with a brief summary of each.(From 1985 until 2020)
Participant in Hundreds of International Conferences related to the main objective:The Relationships between The MIND The LAND and The SOCIAL INTERACTION in architecture and urban planning.
Member of the PHD Committee of the PHD Program in the School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia,since 2015.
President of the Reial Academia Catalana de Belles Arts I Sant Jordi From December 2019.

José Pinto Duarte

Stuckeman Chair in design Innovation, Director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Stuckeman School, USA.
Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (FA / UTL), a Masters in Design Enquiry and a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT, USA.
He is currently Full Professor at FA / ULisboa (on leave of absence) and at Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Penn State, where he holds the Chair in Design Innovation and directs of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing.
He was Professor and Researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST / UTL) and Visiting Scientist at MIT.
At FA, Duarte was coordinator of the PhD in Architecture and member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD in Urbanism and the school’s Scientific Council.
At IST he was the coordinator of IST’s Architecture Section and founder of IST Architecture Research Laboratories (ISTAR Labs).
At MIT, he worked on the Changing Places project (former House_n) as coordinator of the Mass Customization of Housing project and member of the Living Labs project.
His main research interests are the customization of production in architecture, urban planning and design and the development of design and manufacturing methods based on new technologies.

Pilar Chias

Pilar Chías is a PhD in Architecture, and is Full Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture (2007-2020) at the University of Alcalá.

Member of the Spanish National Agency for Quality in Higher Education (CNEAI-ANECA);
until 2018 was responsible for architecture in the coordination team of the Area of Civil Engineering and Architecture in the National Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (AEI).

She is a specialist in Cultural Heritage study, analysis and documentation, and is leading currently the research team ‘‘Built Heritage and Sustainable Architecture’’ (University of Alcala).
She is a member of the Working Group on Spanish Spatial Data Infrastructures (IDEE), and the Working Group on INSPIRE for the Spanish Cultural Heritage (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España).
In 2018 she was awarded the Golden Medal by the Unione Italiana per il Design in Milan (Italy), and the honorary position of WIT Fellow of The Wessex Institute of Technology (Southampton, United Kingdom) in 2020.

Sophia Psarra

Professor Sophia Psarra (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) researches on aspects of spatial morphology, geometry, spatial cognition, cultural meaning and architectural intent.
Her most recent research focuses on the architectural morphology of spatial assemblies and the relationship between space and power.
In 2020-21, she convened two conferences on Parliament Buildings (in collaboration with the UCL European Institute), at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
She is the author of The Venice Variations (UCL Press 2018), addressing cities and buildings as multi-authored processes of formation alongside authored projects of individual design intention.
Her book Architecture and Narrative (Routledge, 2009) explores the relationship between design conceptualization, spatial narrative and human cognition.
Her edited book The Production Sites of Architecture (Routledge 2019) investigates the processes of knowledge production in the design, publication and experience of buildings.
Sophia is the Director of History and Theory PhD stream at The Bartlett School of Architecture and has taught undergraduate/graduate studios and seminars at The Bartlett, University of Michigan (2005-2011), Cardiff University (1997-2004) and the University of Greenwich (1992-1997).
Her research has been funded by the NSF (USA), Leverhulme Trust, UCL Grand Challenges, the University of Michigan and the Onassis Foundation.
Sophia has taught and lectured internationally at The University of Michigan, Columbia University, Syracuse University, Cardiff University, The University of Kent, The University of Sydney, Tokyo Denki University, The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, The University of Greenwich, The University of Bologna, IUAV Venice, Gratz University of Technology, The National Technical University of Athens, The University of Thessaly and The University of Crete in Greece.
She has collaborated with cultural institutions on layout design, exhibition concept and visitors’ experience (The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York, The Natural History Museum, London).
Her design work was exhibited in Venice Biennale, the George Pompidou Centre, NAI Rotterdam, RIBA London, Berlin, Milan and Athens, Greece in the context of two first prizes in EUROPAN architectural competition and in the Venice Biennale (1991).


The programme of the workshops is in preparation.


The programme of the Exhibition Fair will be announced soon.


The programme of Social Activities will be announced soon.

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