Guest lecturers


Mariela Tsopanova

Total Architecture NOW

15 05 2024, Polimi / Online

The lecture revisits the foundational principle of "Total Architecture", pioneered by Arup's founder, Sir Ove Arup, in the 1970s, contextualising its relevance in today's dynamic AEC landscape. Focused on the emerging field of Computational Design, the talk delineates the evolving roles and challenges encountered by contemporary architects and engineers. The talk emphasises the importance of achieving a balance between leveraging technology and digital tools to enhance design efficiency and quality, alongside prioritising a user-centric approach and fostering robust interdisciplinary collaboration. Several case studies will be presented, spotlighting key themes such as geometry rationalisation, process automation, software interoperability, and generative design exploration.


Mariela is a senior computational designer, architect, and digital consultant at Arup. She is passionate about technology and innovation in the AEC sector and specializes in crafting user-centered digital solutions that transform manual processes into seamless, data-driven workflows. Mariela has collaborated with and delivered projects to diverse clients from luxury retail brands to urban developers and city councils, coordinating and delivering solutions that enable users to explore a wide variety of options and take informed decisions backed up by data in an efficient and agile manner.


Nicoletta Meloni

Complexity in Facades

24 04 2024, Room E.P.7 - Polimi / Online

Facades go beyond just aesthetics! Nicoletta will delve into the complexity of building envelope design through a selection of captivating international projects. She will discuss the relationship between facade performance requirements and architectural intent, highlighting the challenging yet feasible process of bridging the gap between design and fabrication.


Nicoletta Meloni is a graduate of Politecnico di Milano, having completed her studies in Building Engineering with a final Master's Thesis that delved into Innovative Lithic Scenarios of Stone Reuse.
After collaborating with Architectural Studios in Milan and Barcelona, she moved to New York, where she worked as a façade engineer at Werner Sobek Consultancy practice before relocating to London.
Currently, she holds the role of a Senior Facade Engineer and Project Manager in London at BG&E Facades, an Australian Consultancy practice operating internationally. Her focus spans facade engineering, coordination, and developing sustainability tools to enhance awareness in this area. In parallel, she continues to pursue her passion for stone, exploring its potential in design applications.
At the core of her responsibilities lies the management and leadership of complex projects on a mid to large scale. Nicoletta's portfolio boasts an array of cultural, hospitality, residential, and commercial buildings for esteemed institutions such as the Aga Khan and multiple UK and international developers and main contractors.


Marzia Bolpagni

Information Management

17 04 2024, Room E.P.7 - Polimi / Online

What is Information Management (IM) and how is it linked to Building Information Modelling (BIM)? Marzia presents the main standards related to IM and their application. She also shares her career experience between industry, academia, and standardization.



Marzia works as Head of BIM International at Mace where she develops and implements digital construction solutions for public and private international clients. She is a Building Engineer and she holds a PhD in ICT and Smart Construction. She is an expert at the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) TC 442 and ISO/TC 59/SC 13 - where she chairs a Work Group on information requirements standardisation. She is lead author of the Level of Information Need standard EN 17412-1 (ISO 7817-1), PastChair of EC3 Modelling and Standards Committee, Honorary Assistant Professor at UCL The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and Visiting Professor at Northumbria University. She is also the founder of Italians in Digital Transformation UK. She received 30+ awards for her activities including Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Edoardo Iero

AEC Digital Shift

27 03 2024, Room E.P.7 - Polimi 

The AEC industry is undergoing a generational shift thanks to digital tools and design methods such as computational design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Edoardo Iero's presentation shows some practical applications of computational design in different areas of the construction industry.



Edoardo Iero is a building engineer from the Politecnico di Milano, currently working in Milan as a BIM Manager and Computational Designer for Tekne Spa. Edoardo has worked on several major international projects and had the opportunity to work
as the architectural and structural BIM coordinator on the construction phase of the new ENI headquarters in San Donato, designed by Morphosis. Thanks to his skills, Edoardo is particularly focused on implementing computational design thinking in every phase of the construction project lifecycle, from feasibility studies to facility


Luciano Ambrosini

Text-to-Image AI

06 03 2024, Room E.P.7 - Polimi 

The diffusion of technologies capable of generating images based on descriptive-text input has peaked through the introduction of web-based artificial intelligence platforms. The toolkit developed by Luciano Ambrosini shows how to integrate the Large-scale Text Generative Models (LTGMs) technology introduced by the OpenAI and StabilityAI platforms into the creative design process as well as the Dense Prediction Transformers (DPT) technology capable of predicting a 3D-shaped object started from a 2D image generated by the AI. The research presented bears witness to a first step foot with a new paradigm that uses Diffusion Models in the computational design workflow.


Luciano Ambrosini is an architect with a PhD in architecture from the University of Naples “Federico II”. He is an independent researcher focused on environmental and computational design. He has published scientific articles on parametric design, BIM and the computational approach to architecture. He has consulted for the Apple Developer Academy of Naples, worked with i-Mesh Company (Italy) for the Expo Dubai 2020 and Foster & Partners (UK) as an environmental design analyst. He is attentive to the integration of new technologies even AI-powered to enhance architectural design with the development of tools and workflows based on team expertise.


Giulia Grassi

Material agency

17 05 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi 

The use of additive manufacturing (AM) in architecture often requires ad hoc solutions combining design constraints, material properties and available technologies. We will dive into different large scale 3D printing technologies for various applications in the construction sector and we will explore how computational design is applied in design for AM (dfAM). How to program material properties  and dfAM to create shape shifting responsive structures? Let's discover 4D printing.


Giulia Grassi is an additive manufacturing expert and computational designer with a background in architecture.

Currently technical specialist at Desktop Metal, leader company in metal 3D printing, Giulia has explored many techniques and materialities in the additive realm. During her research at Politecnico di Milano she explored large scale additive manufacturing for architecture by 3D printing a shading facade system for Dubai expo 2020. Her doctoral studies focused on 4D printing, additive manufacturing of stimuli responsive materials and its potential use in architecture.


Arianna Brambilla

Cities like forests

10 05 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi 

Cities like forests: Shifting buildings from being one of the biggest carbon emitters to regenerating our environment.



Arianna is an Associate Professor in Architecture, with a PhD in Building Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (2015).

Arianna’s background merges the fields of architecture, construction, building physics and engineering, with special expertise sitting at the nexus of the built environment and sustainability.

Arianna’s research has a particular focus on building envelope performance – or the building’s ‘climate control’ provided by its outer shell. She considers the impact of building envelopes on our comfort, as well as the outdoor microclimate and the broader ecosystem.



Alberto Sangiorgio

Digital workflows on building renovations

10 05 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi 

Testing digital workflows on building renovations – The case study of F10 New Law Building for the University of Sydney.



With more than a decade of experience in the field of Façade engineering, architecture, and construction, Alberto joined Mott MacDonald in 2022, where he is currently Façade Engineer and Eng. Sciences Practice lead for the Australian region.

He started his career in Façade engineering - contractor side, before joining renowned architectural practices such as Foster and Partners and Grimshaw. As an in-house facade consultant, he developed a strong experience in integrated design and architectural detailing.

Alberto has worked on several flagship projects across Europe, the UK, and Australia, including certified Passivhaus and Leed Platinum projects. This has allowed him to build solid international experience with a focus on the resolution and optimization of high-performance building envelopes, from concept to completion. Additionally, his involvement in teaching and research activities with the University of Sydney has led to the development of a solid body of research in moisture management and façade innovation, as well as the publication of several scientific publications and two books titled ‘Rethinking Building Skins’ and ‘Moisture and Buildings’.



Whitney Bevan

Creative thinking

03 05 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi 


Whitney is a Lecturer in Construction Management at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordon University. Whitney is motivated to create an environment where students are encouraged to be innovative, creative in their thinking, are curious as to how classroom theory works in practice and have the opportunity to discover what ignites their passions within the Construction Industry. Whitney’s research and key interests surround sustainability within the Built Environment, skills for the construction workforce, low-carbon building delivery and sustainable, healthy communities. Whitney has previous experience working at Western Sydney University, Australia and started her academic career at the University of Reading. Whitney’s enthusiasm and promotion for well-being extend beyond working hours as she is a keen ultra-runner and Nutrition Health Coach.


Michele Andaloro

Designing complexity

19 04 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi 



Michele Andaloro is a Building Engineer from Politecnico di Milano, working between New York and Milan as an Associate at Werner Sobek.
After graduating in 2015 with a thesis on algorithmic design and robotic fabrication—developed at Indexlab in the framework of the "Digital Takes Command" exhibition by Triennale di Milano—he joined Werner Sobek in New York, where he focuses on design, engineering, and sustainability.
He is responsible for managing and leading the design of complex projects internationally; his portfolio includes academic and cultural buildings for major institutions—such as Harvard, ITT, FIT, and the Smithsonian—art installations and a wide range of public and private projects across different scales and programs. He has been a lecturer, guest critic, and tutor in numerous universities, including Politecnico di Milano, The Cooper Union, The University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, and Rice University.


Andrea Vanossi

Construction Management

29 03 2023, Torre Unipol, Milano

Designing complex architecture with a focus on sustainability is a pivotal challenge in contemporary architecture. During a visit to the Unipol Tower in Porta Nuova, Milan, engineer Andrea Vanossi demonstrated the key aspects of this challenge in person. The tower showcases innovative design solutions prioritizing energy efficiency and seamlessly integrating with the urban context. As a result, it serves as a prime example of how architects strive to address sustainability concerns while creating visually striking, functional structures for modern society.


Andrea Vanossi, architect, PhD engineer, is an adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano and BIM Manager for CMB - Cooperativa Muratori e Braccianti di Carpi.


Abderrahim Hamdi

Discrete Architecture + Metaverse

29 03 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi

Discrete architecture can represent an innovative way to design and experience the built environment in the Metaverse. Utilizing a computational urban proliferation model, Abderrahim Hamdi explores the potential of modular, interconnectable units to form dynamic, adaptable urban landscapes.
The educational playground of Archiversus, within the Cryptovoxels metaverse, has hosted an immersive urban experience, challenging traditional notions of city design and planning.


Abderrahim Hamdi is an architect based in Milan, he focuses his research on computational design and innovative approaches for the metaverse.
Recently graduated from Politecnico di Milano in building engineering-architecture, he developed his thesis at Indexlab on computational design strategies for the metaverse.


Andrea Riva

Computational sustainability

15 03 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi



Andrea is a building engineer with an international mixed background in engineering and architecture. He studied building engineering in Italy graduating from the Politecnico of Milan in 2019 with a master’s thesis in computational design and robotic fabrication. Just after graduating in 2019, he started working at Werner Sobek New York, designing and building several high-profile projects in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. In two years at Werner Sobek Andrea focused on façade engineering, lightweight structural design, sustainability, and complex geometries. He has contributed to the design of multi-scale projects from the first conceptual phases to the construction, implementing novel computational approaches for structural and geometrical optimization where required. Since April 2022, Andrea has joined HERZOG & DE MEURON as a Building Engineer. He is currently involved in the project development of Forum UZH in Zurich.


Marco Guarany

Hybrid assemblies

01 03 2023, Room E.P.1 - Polimi


By leveraging algorithmic programming and digital fabrication, it is possible to optimize resources and establish new connections between natural and artificial systems. Marco Guarany's lecture on hybrid assemblies features three projects that highlight the potential of interdisciplinary and innovative thinking in creating new construction systems for the AEC industry.


Marco Guarany is an Architect based in Turin and Rome, focusing on the themes of computational design and design for manufacture (DFM). 
He holds a Master's degree in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano and a Master's degree in Design for Manufacture at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL).
As a computational designer and DFM specialist he collaborated with international firms and institutions such as Indexlab, Nemesi Studio and Rimond Group. He has also been involved in teaching activities at Università degli Studi Roma Tre and presented his research at the AA School of architecture.
He is currently part of Carlo Ratti Associati Make, a Design and Build company pioneering the digital revolution in construction, founded by MIT professor Carlo Ratti.