Mr Alejandro Veliz Reyes
Profiles

Mr Alejandro Veliz Reyes

Lecturer in Architecture (Digital Design)

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

Lecturer in Digital Design (Architecture)

Qualifications

BSc Architecture - 2006 (Technical University Federico Santa Maria, Chile).
PhD in Architecture - 2016 (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom).
PGCert in Academic Practice - 2015 (University of Plymouth, United Kingdom).

Professional membership

Registered architect: 2007  - present (Chile).
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: 2015 - present (United Kingdom).
Member of the eCAADe Association (Education and Research in Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Europe): 2011 - 2013.
Member of the SIGRADI Association (Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics): 2008.

Roles on external bodies

Reviewer, Conference of the Iberoamerican Society on Digital Graphics SIGRADI 2014 (Uruguay).
Reviewer, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (United Kingdom).
Reviewer, Conference of the Iberoamerican Society on Digital Graphics SIGRADI 2013 (Chile).
Reviewer, Journal Cadernos de Pos-Graduacao em Arquitetura e Urbanismo (2008, Brazil).

Teaching interests

My teaching focuses on the incorporation of digital design tools in the Architecture curricula. This includes module leadership on design communication and representation (ARC502 / ARC505) as well as design studio teaching and dissertation supervision. Additionally, I manage the project Digital Learning Suite - a space dedicated to facilitate our students' access to 3D printing tools.
Some of the contents involved in my teaching are: digital drawing, digital 3D modelling, building information modelling, and digital fabrication.


Research interests

My research focuses on the role and impacts of digital tools in architectural design education. Some areas of interest are those of cognition and semiotics, modelling and representation, technology-enhanced learning and computer-supported collaborative work. During my doctoral research I observed the impacts of augmented reality tools and the use of Wikis to support design studio teaching. 

Grants & contracts

Digital Learning Suite (Project leader, 2015) - School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University (~£4.500).
Collaborative learning proposal for sunlight and daylight (Associate researcher, 2014-15) - School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University, in collaboration with Lightup Analytics (~£14.800).
Reflective and dynamic use of Wikis to support collaborative design learning (Research assistant, 2013-14) - Higher Education Academy, and University of Liverpool (~£19.000).
Augmented pedagogies (PhD research)
Update and Upgrade of the Laboratory System (Computing laboratory manager, 2010) - UTFSM (~£25.000).


Theses

- Veliz, A., 2015. Augmented Pedagogies. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
- Veliz, A., 2007. Transferencia de tecnología para la producción de vivienda en Chile (Technology transfer for the production of housing in Chile). R&D dissertation, UTFSM, Chile.

Peer reviewed journal papers

- Veliz, A., 2013. Augmented modelling in the design studio: Augmented pedagogies. Augmented reality, art and technology (3): pp 58-63.
- Veliz, A., Gonzalez, L.F., Barros, P., 2008. Design de components construtivos personalizados usando um método de desenho baseado nas restricoes (Design of customised building components using a constraint-based design method). Pesquisa em arquitetua e construcao 1(3).
- Veliz, A., Gonzalez, L.F., Barros, P., 2008. Transferencia de tecnología para la producción de vivienda en Chile (Technology transfer for the production of housing in Chile). Cadernos de pos-graduacao em arquitetura e urbanismo 8(1): 1-12.

Conference papers

- Balbo, R., Kocaturk, T., Veliz, A., 2013. Hybrid architecture: Coupling structural understanding and architectural education. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference in Architecture and Structures. 24-26 July 2013, Guimaraes, Portugal.
- Kocaturk, T., Balbo, R., Medjdoub, B., Veliz, A., 2012. An Innovative Approach to Technology Mediated Architectural Design Education - A framework for a web-based Socio-cognitive Ecosystem. Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Education and Research on Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2012: Digital Physicality | Physical Digitality. 12-14 September 2012, Prague, Czech Republic. 
- Veliz, A., Kocaturk, T., Medjdoub, B., Balbo, R., 2012. Dialogs between physical and virtual modelling methods on architectural design. Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Education and Research on Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2012: Digital Physicality | Physical Digitality. 12-14 September 2012, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Vanossi, A., Veliz, A., Balbo, R., Ciribini, A., 2012. Paths between real and virtual environments within a BIM-based scheme. Proceedings of the 1st UK Academic Conference on Building Information Modelling. 5-7 September 2012, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.
- Veliz, A., Kocaturk, T., Medjdoub, B., 2011. Visual programming of customizable building components: Review of three academic experiences. Proceedings of the 10th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC 2011), School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. 14-15 September 2011, Manchester, United Kingdom.
- Veliz, A., Sills, P., 2011. Digital design of reconstruction proposals in Chile. Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Education and Research on Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2011: Respecting Fragile Places. 21-24 September 2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Veliz, A., Medjdoub, B., Kocaturk, T., 2011. Bridging the gap in constraint-based design. Proceedings of the 14th CAAD Futures Conference 2011: Designing together. 4-8 July 2011, Liege, Belgium.
- Veliz, A., Gonzalez, L.F., Barros, L., 2008. Transferencia de Tecnología para la producción de componentes constructivos de viviendas chilenas (Technology transfer for constructive components’ mass production in chilean housing). XII Congress of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics SIGRADI, December 2008. La Habana, Cuba.

Reports & invited lectures

- Veliz, A., 2014. Augmented models in the design studio - Physical/Digital modelling methods. Guest lecture at the Master in Architecture course, University of Liverpool. 25 March 2014, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

- Veliz, A., 2013. A multimodal approach to digital architectural design education research. PhD Conference, Manchester Architecture Research Centre, Manchester School of Architecture. 22 November 2013, Manchester, United Kingdom.
- Veliz, A., 2013. Digital fabrication in architectural design. Workshop “Future Fabrication Technologies for Creative Designers and Artists”. VR Lab in Collaboration with Future Factory, Nottingham Trent University, 16 September 2013, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
- Veliz, A., 2012. Grounded theory methodology in the context of new design pedagogies. Workshop “When social science meets Lean and BIM”. University of Salford in collaboration with the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning of the University of Helsinki. 3-4 December 2012, Manchester, United Kingdom.