Academic Director of the Institute of advanced architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect, researcher and urban technologist with a passion for combining design and science to shape the built spaces of the future. As the academic director of the advanced architecture group at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, she drives interdisciplinary research into how digital technologies, biotechnologies, new materials and big data can transform urban architecture and design.
Areti is also a co-founder of the innovative art/tech gallery studiop52, co-editor of the influential urban next network and coordinator of several European research-funded projects exploring topics such as urban regeneration, circular design and construction and new educational models in the digital age.
Areti is the founder and chair of the responsive cities international symposium in Barcelona and has curated many international exhibitions, including the Future Arena and On-Site Robotics (Building Barcelona Construmat 2017-19), Print Matter (In3dustry 2016), HyperCity (Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, 2015), and MyVeryOwnCity (World Bank, BR Barcelona, 2011). With her innovative ideas and groundbreaking research, Areti is paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable future for urban design and architecture.