Research Associate, University of Cyprus
The field of my research focuses on the analysis of kinetic and interactive architecture. The main motivation for the development of the specific research driven design was the adaptive, organic, dynamic, changing and interactive capacity and ability of human existence and natural environment. Kinetic architecture aims at the development of timely adaptable systems as to differing functional requirements, or external loading conditions, leading to buildings and building components with variable mobility, location, or geometry. This new perspective may inspire innovation and creativity in architectural design and lead to sustainable developments linked to high-efficiency buildings with improved load-bearing or energy performance. A kinetic prototype structure was designed and experimentally tested in small scale, aiming at easy and energy efficient reconfigurations, technical simplicity and structural efficiency.
Maria Matheou is currently a Research Associate at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus, where she is an Adjunct Faculty member in the area of Architectural Technology. She holds a B.Sc. in Architecture, 2009, a Diploma of Architect–Engineer, 2010, and a Ph.D. in Architecture, 2014, all degrees from the University of Cyprus. Her Diploma thesis on kinetic and interactive architecture was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Architectural Design 2010. Her research interests are in the areas of structural and architectural design, kinetic architecture, automation systems, design methods and digital tools.
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