Ioanna Symeonidou is a designer, researcher and educator. Initially trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece from where she graduated with Honours, she continued her specialization on digital media through a post-professional MSc degree on Emergent Technologies and Design at the Architectural Association, London. She has collaborated with offices and construction companies in Austria, Germany, Spain and Greece including award winning Anamorphosis Architects (Athens), HENN Architekten (Berlin), SPA design specialist Schwarzenbacher (Graz) and FCC Construccion (Mallorca). Her design praxis moves across different scales, ranging from product design to architecture and masterplanning. Her work has been published in architecture magazines, journals and collective volumes such as Building Design, AD Architectural Design, Building Green, Urban Flux, Agile Design and featured in exhibitions and numerous competition catalogues.
She is Authorized Trainer of Rhinoceros (McNeel) and has organized and taught workshops on computational design worldwide. She currently holds a position at the Institute of Architecture and Media at Graz University of Technology in Austria, where she teaches design based courses, digital media and digital fabrication Master Studio.
She has lectured at Conferences in Europe and Asia and is regularly leading Design Workshops at universities across Europe, including Aristotle University, Patras University, TU Graz, Czech Technical University in Prague, FAUP-Porto.
Her research interests include digital design and manufacturing, computational geometry, digital representation, visualization and design research methodologies. For her research work she has received international Awards such as a Research Grant from EU Seventh Framework Program at Advanced Architectural Geometry 2010 Symposium, the eCAADe grant for young researchers 2011, the Young CAADRIA Award 2012, and the Award for Excellence in Research in 2012 by the Aristotle University Research Committee.