About Theodora Vardouli and Daniel Cardoso Llach

Theodora Vardouli is an Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. Her work examines histories, cultural meanings, and operational implications of algorithmic techniques for architectural design. Her articles have appeared in arq: Architectural Research QuarterlyNexusIEEE Annals of the History of ComputingPerspectiveDesign StudiesLeonardo, and several edited collections. She is co-editor, with Olga Touloumi, of Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground (Routledge, 2020) and, with Daniel Cardoso Llach, of Designing the Computational Image (Applied Research and Design Publishing, forthcoming 2022) – a book based on the eponymous exhibition curated by Cardoso Llach (Pittsburgh 2017) and expanded in collaboration with Vardouli for Canada (Montreal 2021). Vardouli’s in-progress monograph (under contract with the MIT Press) examines postwar architecture’s relationship with mathematics with focus on the material and symbolic prevalence of graphs. Vardouli’s research has received support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture. She is an External Examiner for two graduate programs at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a member of the editorial board for the journal Technology, Architecture + Design (TAD)


Daniel Cardoso Llach is Associate Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he chairs the Master of Science in Computational Design and co-directs CodeLab. He is the author of publications, exhibitions, and technologies critically exploring the nexus of design and computation. His work has been supported by the Graham Foundation, Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Google’s Artists + Machine Intelligence program, among others, and is a 2021-22 Pennsylvania Manufacturing Fellow. Daniel holds a Ph.D. and a MS (with honors) from MIT and a B. Arch. from Universidad de los Andes in his native Bogotá. His publications include the book Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design, a history of CAD which identifies and documents a technological imaginary of design emerging from postwar technology research (and its architectural repercussions); the co-edited special issue Other Computations: Technologies for Design and Architecture from the Global South (with Andres Burbano); and the forthcoming Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design (with Theodora Vardouli), among others. He is also founding co-editor of the “Design, Technology, and Society” Routledge book series (with Terry Knight), and of the web platform lattice.space (Links to an external site.) (also with Theodora Vardouli), both of which foster critical perspectives at the crossroads of design, technology, and society.