Sotirios D Kotsopoulos, PhD

Research Affiliate
Office: E15-394
Phone: +1 617 308 9452
E-Mail: skots [at] mit [dot] edu

Sotirios D Kotsopoulos focuses on applications of networked technologies in sustainable architecture, at a building and at an urban scale. Since 2009 he has been the project-architect of the Connected Sustainable Home research that was supported by the Green Home Alliance between the MEL Design Laboratory of MIT and the Fondazione Bruno Kessler of Italy. This effort culminated into the implementation of a full-scale, responsive prototype house in Trento, N. Italy. The prototype Connected Sustainable Home renews many aesthetic and performative aspects of architecture, integrating passive and active technologies such as a high thermal mass wooden envelope, a programmable façade made out of electroactive materials, a wireless network of sensors, a renewable energy production system and an autonomous, model based control system that optimizes the performance of all the above.

Sotirios’ research investigates the impact of computation and networked technologies on how we conceptualize and practice design. He uses formal methodologies to examine the notions of form, structure, and performance, and to explore new technically fascinating and performatively sound solutions for responsive housing, urban development and urban mobility systems.

Sotirios holds a Ph.D. in Design & Computation from MIT (2005), an S.M. Arch in Design Technology from MIT (2000), an M. Arch from SCI-Arc (1994), under a Fulbright scholarship, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1992). He has numerous academic publications and awards, and since 2005 is actively involved in cross-disciplinary courses and workshops at MIT.

Selected Publications

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

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.