Athanassios Economou
Adjunct Professor

Research Areas:
Shape Grammars; Computational Design; Computer-Aided Design; Design Theory


Athanassios (Thanos) Economou is Professor in the School of Architecture, College of Design, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Interactive Computing at the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Economou’s teaching and research are in the areas of shape grammars, computational design, computer-aided design and design theory. He is the Director of the Shape Computation Lab, a research group that explores how visual calculations with shapes can be formally implemented in computing environments to enable new paradigms in visual computation, design automation and creative design. Recent funded projects include the Shape Machine, an NSF-iCorps Sites start-up, and the project Courtsweb: A Visual Database of Federal Courthouses, GSA/US Courts. Design projects from his studios at Georgia Tech have received prestigious awards in international and national architectural competitions. He has been invited to give talks, seminars, and workshops at several universities and research centers including MIT, Harvard, Emory, Tsinghua U, KAIST, Seoul National University, TU Vienna, U. Michigan, UCLA, NTUA, Univ. of Thessaly, Univ. of Aegean, among others. Dr. Economou holds a Diploma in Architecture from NTUA, Athens, Greece, an M.Arch from USC, and a PhD in Architecture from UCLA.

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