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Aristodimos Komninos is an Architect-Engineer and Urban Designer. He is currently an Urban Planner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in London. In the past Aristodimos has practiced as Architectural Designer at Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York. Prior to his employment in NY, Aristodimos worked as a Teaching Assistant at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, and collaborated closely with Alexander D’ Hooghe, both academically and professionally, in the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT and at the ‘Organization for Permanent Modernity’ respectively. He also worked as Architect Intern at ‘Serie Architects’ in Mumbai, India, led by Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta. His professional experience in Greece includes collaboration with architectural firms and NGOs such as ‘Olive3 Architects’ and the ‘Hellenic Society for the Environment and the Cultural Heritage’.
Through his academic research, Aristodimos engages Urban Design and Planning, issues of Global Urbanization and Spatial Justice, through design and analysis of geospatial data. Currently he works on his dissertation that examines the exploitation of large urban voids and more specifically the area of the former Airport of Athens, also known as Hellinikon.
Aristodimos Komninos received his Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens and he had attended the School of Architecture of the Universidade Fernando Pessoa in Porto, Portugal as a visiting scholar. His undergraduate thesis for Neo Faliro Steam Power Plant has been presented in industrial heritage conferences in France and Greece (E-FAITH and TICCIH).
Aristodimos Komninos is a Scholar of the Fulbright Foundation and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. In 2012 he received the Merit-Based Fellowship Award from the School of Architecture and Planning of MIT.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer
As an Architectural Designer at Robert A. M. Stern Architects, I participated in the design of three large-scale residential complexes in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Istanbul. Meng Shin Residential Project is a 72,000 sq. m. residential complex located in Shanghai China, and is being developed by Vanke, the largest residential real estate developer in China, and one of the largest worldwide. Upon completion of the schematic design phase, our team was assigned with the modeling of the entire complex into Revit, through which we established a coordination streamline between our team who was leading the design, the client, and the local architecture representative in Shanghai. Through this process, I acquired significant experience in not only designing a demanding large-scale project, but also managing the deliverables in a timely and efficient fashion. I also attended numerous meetings with the client and the engineers involved in the project, where I joined forces with all participating members in order to overcome technical challenges, and resolve emerging design and programmatic needs.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant: 4.151-Architecture Design Core Studio I
The studio establishes foundations for architectural design through five exercises that build up in scope and complexity to engage issues of space, organization, structure, circulation, use, and tectonics. The design process is introduced as an iterative form of research that enables students to develop conceptual ideas about architecture and translate them into physical and material investigations. Each exercise introduces an increasingly fuller set of relationships with regard to site, program, and building systems with the last exercise emphasizing the interrelationship of these fundamental aspects of architectural design. Students are required to work in both physical and digital models, and produce drawings for each exercise. The exercises will test both conceptual and analytical thinking as well as aid in the development of representational skills. The course is intended for entering MArch students and must be taken in sequence.
Serie Architects, Mumbai, India, Mumbai, IN, Architect Intern
Developed, the masterplan and facade system of housing units of an Ahsram complex.
Executed renderings for client presentations
ORG - Organization for Permanent Modernity, Boston, MA, US, Designer & Research Assistant
Co-developed new urban typology for Bostonʼs Middle Ring suburbs.
Interpreted conceptual sketches into complete architectural drawings.
Rendered visual material delivered to the client.
Special Olympics - World Summer Games 2011, Athens, GR, Airport Venue Operations Supervisor
Supervised airport operations and services, regarding arrivals and departures of team delegations, VIP, honored guests and transportation.
Akto - Arts & Design College, Athens, GR, Educational Partner
Invited to assemble and organize the educational material for 3rd yearʼs Design Studio.
Delivered in-class and on-site presentations of the project.
Surveyed, instructed, and advised on-going student projects.
Hellenic Army, Orestiáda, GR, Architectural Engineer
Entrusted with the constructional supervision of confidential military works.
Coordinated series of structural and architectural studies, undertaken by my unit.
Olive 3 Architects, Athens, GR, Junior Architect
Contributed decisively to the conception, design and constructional supervision of numerous projects, including housing, commercial, recreational, and educational spaces.
Managed all architectural visualizations, from conceptual design to final presentation.
Hellenic Society for the Environment and the Cultural Heritage, Athens, GR, "Sustainable Aegean” Network Manager
Envisioned and developed the new web portal of “Sustainable Aegean” program.
Communicated the importance of sustainability, spatial planning and local identity to entrepreneurs, scholars, and active citizens throughout the Aegean Islands
Deco In, Athens, GR, Designer
Executed 3D models and renderings of exhibition kiosks and installations
Dimitrios A. Manolioudakis - Architect, Athens, GR, Designer
Delivered building permission drawings for three residential buildings.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, SMArchS - Architecture and Urbanism
SMArchS in Architectural Design
SMArchS in Architecture and Urbanism
Architecture and Urbanism is a special degree program for students interested in the development of critical urban design, as well as its history, and theory. Consciously locating itself in the contemporary debate about what constitutes good city form, the program encourages the development of intellectually articulated and grounded positions. Students are expected to question, and/or defend current views in order to explore critical alternatives to existing paradigms of urbanism. The assumption is that design is an intellectual act embodying both a critique and alternative possibilities.
The program aims to nurture well-versed, intellectually grounded and historically conscious architects, who understand the relationship between architecture and urbanism – not merely as a question of taste and fashion, but as form with meaning. The program emphasizes both design and scholarship, and students are unique in their capacity to relate to both.
The emphasis in work by faculty and students may vary, but the goal is always the achievement of the most advanced and effective methods of shaping the form, sustainability, and social condition of the built environment. The design, theory, and elective subjects are organized to achieve this.
The first year of the program is a core year, with a required sequence of two studios: an Introductory Urban Design Studio for all incoming students in the fall, and a choice of Urban Design Studio options in the spring; and a required sequence of two theory courses: Urban Design Theory in the fall, and Theory of City Form in the spring. In the fall of second year an optional studio may be taken, but a Thesis Preparation course is required, and in the spring, a thesis is required. Students may tailor their work within a large array of elective options, and are encouraged to extend their studies into other areas.
Students may also work within the Joint Program for City Design and Development, and the Center for Real Estate. Some students choose to follow a sequence leading to the Urban Design Certificate obtained with their degrees; others choose to extend their study period to seek dual degrees.
National Technical University of Athens, Athens, GR, Masters, School of Architectural Engineering
Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Oporto, PT, BArch, Architecture
MIT Merit-Based Fellowship, Scholarship
Selected by an architecture faculty committee for a full-tuition fellowship
Fulbright Scholarship, Scholarship
S.A.Onassis Foundation Scholarship, Scholarship
Sustainable Aegean Program was awarded the grand prize of: “Category 4 - Education, Training and Awareness-Raising".
MIT - Half Tuition Fellowship Award, Scholarship