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Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos

Professional biography

Theodore Zamenopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Design at the Open University. He is a professional architect and holds a PhD in Architecture from UCL, where he studied at Bartlett School of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. He first joined the Open University as a research fellow in 2005 working in UK and EU funded research projects focussed on design, complexity research and education.

Research interests

His research focuses on the empowerment of people to engage in the production of their places and services. He studies the conditions that make people and communities capable to design and the development of approaches that foster design thinking in everyday life. He has been involved in a number of research projects around the themes of civic engagement in design and community led design.

His research includes a variety of methods, including empirical studies of design cognition using brain-imaging (fMRI), computational and mathematical models of design cognition, as well as participatory action research methods.

Since 2011 he has been involved in a number of AHRC funded research projects under the Connected Communities program that focus on the themes of civic engagement in design and community-led design.

In his projects there is often an emphasis on developing community-academic partnerships and exploring the relation between academic research and community relevance.

Teaching interests

Theodore is currently module team chair of T217: Design Essentials of which he was the production chair. He is also module team member of T218: Design for Engineers.

He previously chaired the T211 course: Design and Designing and was member of the award board of U101: Design Thinking.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Design GroupGroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

 

Externally funded projects

Rules of Thumb

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Jun/201531/Aug/2015AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
This research project aims to explore the transposition of the practice of hitchhiking to stimulate creative thinking and innovation in the development of housing co-operatives. The key research questions are: What are the structural and cultural imperatives of the practice of hitchhiking? To what extent is it possible to transpose such knowledge, methods and practices into the development of housing co-operatives? The research team will examine the history and practice of hitching and develop and evaluate a practical toolkit by working together with housing co-operatives. The project is a collaboration between University of Brighton, University of Lancaster, University of Edinburgh, The Open University and The Glass-House Community Led Design.

Connected Communities & Design Highlight: Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Oct/201430/Sep/2019AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Empowering Design Practices is a five-year research project exploring historic places of worship and their potential as community resources. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and includes the following partners: The Open University, Historic England, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Glass-House Community Led Design. Through this collaboration, the project aims to explore how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance the heritage. The project also aims to build national capacity for community-led design practice by developing open educational resources and training for design students, communities, as well as the professionals and support bodies who work with them. More information: http://empoweringdesign.net

Publications

Learning from the use of media in community-led design projects (2015)
Alexiou, K.; Alevizou, G.; Zamenopoulos, T.; de Sousa, S. and Dredge, L.
Cultural Science, 8(1) (pp. 30-40)
The FuturICT education accelerator (2012-10)
Johnson, J.; Buckingham Shum, S.; Willis, A.; Bishop, S.; Zamenopoulos, T.; Swithenby, S.; MacKay, R.; Merali, Y.; Lorincz, A.; Costea, C.; Bourgine, P.; Louçã, J.; Kapenieks, A.; Kelly, P.; Caird, S.; Bromley, J.; Deakin Crick, R.; Goldspink, C.; Collet, P.; Carbone, A. and Helbing, D.
European Physical Journal - Special Topics, 214 (pp. 215-243)
A complexity theory of design intentionality (2012-06-10)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore
Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 26(1) (pp. 63-83)
Involvement of right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in ill-structured design cognition: An fMRI study (2010)
Gilbert, S.; Zamenopoulos, T.; Alexiou, K. and Johnson, J.
Brain Research, 1312(C) (pp. 79-88)
Exploring the neurological basis of design cognition using brain imaging: some preliminary results (2009)
Alexiou, K.; Zamenopoulos, T.; Johnson, J. H. and Gilbert, S. J.
Design Studies, 30(6) (pp. 623-647)
Design as a social process: a complex systems perspective (2008-08)
Alexiou, Katerina and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
Futures, 40(6) (pp. 586-595)
Towards an anticipatory view of design (2007-07)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
Design Studies, 28(4) (pp. 411-436)
Rethinking the cybernetic basis of design: the concepts of control and organisation (2007)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
Kybernetes, 36(9/10) (pp. 1570-1589)
Varieties of Creative Citizenship (2016)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore; Alexiou, Katerina; Alevizou, Giota; Chapain, Caroline; Sobers, Shawn and Williams, Andy
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The Creative Citizen Unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 103-128)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Asset mapping and civic creativity (2016)
Alexiou, Katerina; Aguista, Emma; Alevizou, Giota; Chapain, Caroline; Greene, Catherine; Harte, Dave; Ramster, Gail and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The creative citizen unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy - See more at: http://policypress.co.uk/the-creative-citizen-unbound#book-detail-tabs-stison-block-content-1-0-tab2 (pp. 181-204)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Conversations about co-production (2016)
Green, Catherine; Sobers, Shawn; Zamenopoulos, Theodore; Chapain, Caroline and Turner, Jerome
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The creative citizen unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 153-181)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
From networks to complexity: two case studies (2016)
Harte, David; Dovey, John; Aguista, Emma and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The creative citizen unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 129-152)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Civic cultures and modalities of place-making (2016)
Alevizou, Giota; Alexiou, Katerina; Harte, Dave; Sobers, Shawn; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Turner, Jerome
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The creative citizen unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 205-230)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Wards Corner Community Plan Case Study (2014-09-18)
Alexiou, Katerina; Alevizou, Giota and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Lockton, D; Greene, K.; Casey, A; Raby, L and Vickress, A eds. Variety Pack: Inspiring Digital Ideas From Community Projects
ISBN : 978-1-907342-97-4 | Publisher : Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design | Published : London
Complexity: what designers need to know (2012-03)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
In: Garner, Steve and Evans, Chris eds. Design and Designing: a Critical Introduction
ISBN : 9781847885760 | Publisher : Berg
A complexity theoretic view of cities as artefacts of design intentionality (2012)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
In: Portugali , Juval ; Meyer , Han ; Stolk , Egbert and Tan, Ekim eds. Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age: An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design (pp. 327-346)
ISBN : 978-3-642-24543-5 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Berlin
Imaging the designing brain: a neurocognitive exploration of design thinking (2011)
Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Gilbert, Sam
In: Gero, John S. ed. Design Computing and Cognition '10 (pp. 489-504)
ISBN : 9789400705098 | Publisher : Springer | Published : London
Embracing complexity in design: emerging perspectives and opportunities (2010-01)
Alexiou, Katerina; Johnson, Jeffrey and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Inns, Tom ed. Designing for the 21st century: research methods & findings (pp. 87-100)
ISBN : 9781409402404 | Publisher : Gower Ashgate | Published : United Kingdom
The influence of complexity science in design: theoretical and methodological tools (2010)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
In: Tsoukala, K.; Daniil, M. and Pantelidou, H. eds. Postmodern Approaches
ISBN : 9789604582631 | Publisher : Epikentro | Published : Thessaloniki, GR
The mathematical conditions of design ability (2009-09-07)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Alexiou, Katerina; Johnson, Jeffrey and Zamenopoulos, Theodore eds. Embracing Complexity in Design (pp. 95-119)
ISBN : 9780415497008 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Embracing complexity in design (2007-12)
Johnson, Jeffrey; Alexiou, Katerina; Creigh-Tyte, Anne; Chase, Scott; Duffy, Alex; Eckert, Claudia; Gascoigne, Damian; Kumar, Bimal; Mitleton-Kelly, Eve; Petry, Michael; Qin, Sheng Fen; Robertson, Alec; Rzevski, George; Teymour, Necdet; Thompson, Avril; Young, Robert; Willis, Mateo and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Inns, Tom ed. Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Questions and Insights (pp. 129-149)
ISBN : 9780566087370 | Publisher : Gower Publishing Limited | Published : Aldershot
Computer-aided creativity and learning in distributed cooperative human-machine networks (2003-10-13)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
In: Chiu, M-L.; Tsou, J-Y.; Kvan, T.; Morozumi, M. and Jeng, T-S. eds. Digital Design: research and practice, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures (pp. 191-201)
ISBN : 1-4020-1210-1 | Publisher : Kluwer Academic Publishers | Published : Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Structuring the plan design process as a coordination problem - the paradigm of distributed learning control coordination (2003-07-01)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina
In: Longley, Paul A. and Batty, Michael eds. Advanced Spatial Analysis: The CASA Book of GIS (pp. 407-426)
ISBN : 1589480732 | Publisher : ESRI Press | Published : U.S
Embracing complexity in design (2009-09)
Alexiou, Aikaterini; Johnson, Jeffrey and Zamenopoulos, Theodore eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-49700-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Creative communities, creative assets: exploring methods of mapping community assets (2013)
Greene, Catherine; Alevizou, Giota; Ramster, Gail; Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theo; Outten, Alan and Corzannelli, Cristina
In : Nordes2013: Experiments in Design Research: Expressions, Knowledge, Critique (9-12 June 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark/Malmö, Sweden)
Subtle interventions: How ambient displays influence route choice in buildings (2011-09-21)
Varoudis, Tasos; Dalton, Nicholas; Alexiou, Aikaterini and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In : Respecting Fragile Places - 29th eCAADe Conference (21-24 September 2011, Slovenia) (pp. 933-941)
The learningscape of a virtual design atelier (2010-07-07)
Hart, Jennefer; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Garner, Steven
In : 8th eLearning@Greenwich conference (7 July 2010, University of Greenwich, UK)
Design education, design research (2009-09)
Holden, Georgina; Schadewitz, Nicole and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In : Designs on Elearning (02-04 Sep 2009, Online)
Towards an online design studio: a study of social networking in design distance learning (2009)
Schadewitz, Nicole and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In : International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference 2009 (18-22 Oct 2009, Seoul, South Korea)
Making sense of assets: Community asset mapping and related approaches for cultivating capacities (2016-02)
Alevizou, Giota; Alexiou, Katerina and Zamenopoulos, Theo
The Open University and AHRC
Valuing Community-Led Design (2013)
Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alevizou, Giota
AHRC Discussion Paper

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