Past Member

Sotirios Kotsopoulos

Former Research Affiliate
  • City Science

Sotirios Kotsopoulos focuses on applications of grammars, networked technologies, and autonomous systems in architecture, at building and  urban scale. He investigates the impact of computation on how we conceptualize and practice design and explores solutions for responsive housing, urban development, and sustainability. He is the designer of the Connected Sustainable Home in Trento, N. Italy that integrates wireless sensor networks, renewable energy systems, low tech  high thermal mass and high tech programmable electro-active materials that are driven by a visual grammar and an autonomous  model based control system . With Kent Larson and Ryan Chin, Sotirios participated in the first urban case study of Cityscope — a tangible, interactive, real-time data observatory and urban intervention simulator — to develop an intervention for Kendall Sq, in Cambridge, MA, addressing urban planning, mobility,  energy,  leisure/work, and urban agriculture. 

Sotirios holds a PhD in Design & Computation from MIT and he is an Associate Professor of Computational Design in the School of Architectural Engineering at the  National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece.

Select Publications

“Living like The Jetsons: The benefits (and risks) of smart home technology”, Interview at The Boston Globe edited by Chuck Leddy, November 6, 2018,

“What The Future Of Connected Homes Really Looks Like”, Interview at Forbes, edited by Lydia Leavitt, April 10, 2014,

Kotsopoulos SD, Cara G, Graybill W, Casalegno F, 2014, “The dynamic façade pattern grammar ”, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Volume 41,

Kotsopoulos SD, Giusti L, Casalegno F, 2014, “Designing synchronous interactions for the fenestration systems of a prototype sustainable dwelling” in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design. Effat University, Saudi Arabia, March 31-April 3, 291-301.

Kotsopoulos SD, Graybill C, Casalegno F, 2013, “Designing a connected sustainable living environment”, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Special Issue form(information, Issue 2, Vol. 11, 183-204.

Kotsopoulos SD, Casalegno F, Hsiung B, Graybill W, 2012, “A prototype hut for the post-digital age”, in Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Prague, Czech Republic, September 12 – 14, 307-316. 

Kotsopoulos SD, Casalegno F, Ono M, Graybill W, 2012, "Window panes become smart: How responsive materials and intelligent control will revolutionize the architecture of buildings", in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies, Stuttgart, Germany, May 27 – June 1, 112-118.

Kotsopoulos SD, Farina C, Casalegno F, Briani A, Simeone P, Bindinelli R, Pasetto G, 2012, "A building system for connected sustainability", in Proceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering 2012, University of Auckland - New Zealand Timber Design Society, Auckland, New Zealand, July 16-19, 271-279.