Staff Catalogue


Department of Architecture
Main Campus Buildings, 118
75, Kallipoleos Ave.
Odysseas Kontovourkis, Ph.D., is currently Associate Professor in the area of Architectural Communication Media in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus. Prior to his appointment at the University of Cyprus, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Nicosia, from 2008 until 2010, and Part-time Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus, from 2009 until 2010. He received his Diploma in Architecture Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 1999. He conducted research studies in the field of Structural Mechanics and Dynamics, Theory of Earthquake Resistance Structures in the Department of Architecture Engineering at the University of Osaka, Japan (2001-02), and PhD studies in Architecture (PhD Thesis title: Computer-generated circulation diagrams) in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, United Kingdom (2004-2009). During his studies he received a number of scholarships, prizes, and distinctions including the British Chevening Scholarship, 2004-2005, the Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship, 2000-2002, the First Prize and Silver Medal of Prometheus the Fire as first graduate student of the year 1999 by National Technical University of Athens, and the Scholarship by State Scholarship Authority of Cyprus, 1993-1998. He has worked as an architect in Greece and Cyprus and he has participated in a number of architectural design competitions.

Digital architectural design, fabrication strategies and physical prototyping

  • Computer-aided design/ Computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
  • Parametric-associative design logic and physics-based computer modeling
  • Physical computing and robotics in architecture

Human movement behavior modeling in the built environment

  • Pedestrian movement behavior modeling and circulation design

Adaptation, interaction and control in architectural systems
Generative processes and emergence in architectural design
Theory of design process and the use of computers

Selected Publications

Scientific journals

Kontovourkis, O. and Konatzii, P., 2021. Environmental and cost assessment of customized modular wall components production based on an adaptive formwork casting mechanism, Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier, Vol. 286,

Haselsteiner, E., Vula Rizvanolli, B., Villoria Sáez, P., Kontovourkis, O., 2021. Drivers and Barriers Leading to a Successful Paradigm Shift toward Regenerative Neighborhoods, Sustainability, MDPI, Vol. 13(9), 5179,

Kontovourkis, O., Tryfonos, G., Georgiou, C., 2020. Robotic additive manufacturing (RAM) with clay using topology optimization principles for toolpath planning: the example of a building element. Architectural Science Review, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 63(2),

Kontovourkis, O. and Tryfonos, G., 2020. Robotic 3D clay printing of prefabricated non-conventional wall components based on a parametric-integrated design, Automation in Construction, Elsevier, Vol. 110,

Kontovourkis, O., Phocas, M.C. and Katsambas, C., 2019. Digital to physical development of a reconfigurable modular formwork for concrete casting and assembling of a shell structure. Automation in Construction, Elsevier, Vol. 106,

Conference proceedings

Kontovourkis, O., Konstantinou, A., Kyrizi, N., Tziourrou, P., 2021. Built-In Immersive VR Technology for Decision-Making in Design and Simulation of a Flexible Shading Device. In S. Abdelmohsen, T. El-Khouly, Z. Mallasi and A. Bennadji eds. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2021). Cairo: The American University in Cairo (AUC) [Online Conference], pp. 190-200

Kontovourkis, O., Stylianou, S. and Kyriakides, G., 2020. An open-source bio-based material system development for sustainable digital fabrication. In L. Werner and D. Koering eds. Proceedings of the 38th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe: Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age (Volume 2). Berlin: TU Berlin, pp. 31-40

Kontovourkis, O., Phocas, M.C., Tryfonos, G., Georgiou, C., 2020. Multi-axis 3D printing of material reduced shell structures on a reconfigurable supporting system using topology optimization principles, Procedia Manufacturing, Elsevier, Vol. 44, pp. 379-386,

Kontovourkis, O., Tryfonos, G., Konatzii, P., 2019. A review on environmental and economic potential of robotic construction in actual scale driven by structural optimization. In C. Lázaro, K.-U. Bletzinger, E. Oñate eds. Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019: Form and Force. Barcelona, Spain, pp. 828-835  

Kontovourkis, O., Georgiou, C., Stroumpoulis, A., Kounnis, K., Dionyses, C., Bagdati, S., 2019. Implementing Augmented Reality for the Holographic Assembly of a Modular Shading Device. In J.P. Sousa, J.P. Xavier and G. Castro Henriques eds. Proceedings of the 37th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe and the XXIII SiGraDi Conference: Architecture in the Age of 4th Industrial Revolution (Volume 3). Porto: University of Porto, pp. 149-158

Kontovourkis, O. and Stroumpoulis A., 2019. Virtual Reality for prototyping compression-only structures. In N. Steinø, M. Kraus eds. Proceedings of the 7th eCAADe Regional International Symposium on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe RIS 2019): Virtually Real. Immersing into the Unbuilt. Aalborg: Aalborg University, pp. 5-14