Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes
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Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes

Lecturer in Digital Design and Fabrication

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

Biography

Biography

I lead the MA/MSc Integrated Design Innovation programme at the School of Art, Design and Architecture. After training as an Architect (Chile), over the last 10 years my research profile has focused on the cross-disciplinary investigation of socio-technological contexts of creative innovation, including R&D on material systems in fragile socio-economic housing delivery processes (Veliz Reyes et al., 2008), digitally-mediated interaction in design studios using augmented reality technology (Veliz Reyes, 2016), and large-scale robotic 3D printing with traditional building materials (Veliz Reyes et al., 2019), a combination of expertise developed in collaboration with industry and academic partners in Chile, UK, Italy, and Australia. 

Qualifications

PhD in Architecture - 2016 (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom).
PGCert in Academic Practice - 2015 (University of Plymouth, United Kingdom).
Architect - 2007 (Technical University Federico Santa Maria, Chile).
BSc Architecture - 2006 (Technical University Federico Santa Maria, Chile).

Roles on external bodies

Paper reviewer: AI & Society, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Architectural Science Review, Journal of Technology, Architecture and Design.
Conference reviewer: Iberoamerican Society on Digital Graphics SIGRADI, European Architectural Envisioning Conference.

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

I am the programme leader for MA/MSc Integrated Design Innovation (IDI) in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, as well as a guest Theory Tutor at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Visiting Lecturer at UTFSM, Chile. The IDI programme focuses on tackling real-world industrial challenges through the development of bespoke and innovative products, services and experiences in the context of the Industry 4.0 digital agenda, supporting students on developing their into businesses in the digital sector, working with a range of industry partners, academic staff, and new facilities for Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media. Through a Design Lab model, our students are invited to engage with communities, users and co-design participatory methodologies to deliver successful and inclusive innovation projects.
In my previous roles I have developed the curriculum and led more than 10 digital design and technology Modules, led 8 design studio courses in Architecture programmes (UK-based and abroad), and supervised more than 100+ undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in Architecture (Part I and II), Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management, and Architectural Technology programmes.

Module leadership
Design Lab I/II
Advanced Design Thinking and Making Skills
Research Project

Research

Research

Research interests

My research is concerned with digital innovation for creative disciplines and contexts of practice. To date I have engaged with multiple disciplines (computer science and robotics, design research, material studies, architectural design, and design theory research) and audiences through projects supported by industry, academia and professional bodies. For example, I lead the only UK-based research team awarded by EPSON Robotic Solutions (Germany) to investigate creative applications of high precision robotic manufacturing technology, and my recent Automation Fellowship (South West Creative Technology Network, Research England) allowed me to explore creative opportunities of robotic 3D printing, leading the in-house development of fabrication strategies for creative material studies. This work has led to recent visiting roles in Chile (2019-21), and guest lectures in Italy, India, Chile, and Costa Rica. My research has been published in journals such as Architectural Science Review and Automation in Construction.


I am interested on supervising doctoral research on digital architectural design, creative and inclusive innovation, and digital fabrication in the creative sector. My current students include: 

Director of Studies
Ricky Burke: Digital Design for Dementia.

2nd Supervisor
Mohammad Al-Haj Baddar: A criticism of the profile of the architecture of Jordan: The stakeholders, the processes, the outcomes.

Grants & contracts

  • (2021-22) Participatory design for manufacturing of customisable building components (Principal Investigator), University of Plymouth, Wessex Community Assets, Assemble Studio. Funding: Connected Everything II Network, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (£57,017).
  • (2021) Hard data: Rendering images of the mind in the physical world (Principal Investigator, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business), University of Plymouth. Funding: University of Plymouth Arts-Health Collaboration Fund (£3,925).
  • (2021) Digital asset archive of environmental models for use in navigational, virtual reality (VR) and immersive arts and health research (Principal Investigator, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business), University of Plymouth. Funding: University of Plymouth Arts-Health Collaboration Fund (£3,923).
  • (2021) A next-generation toolkit for understanding navigational impairment (Co-Investigator), University of Plymouth. Funding: University of Plymouth 2020-2021 Research Pump-priming Support Fund (£7,500).
  • (2020-24) Generating Older Active Lives Digitally (GOALD) (Co-Investigator - Digital Design and Fabrication), University of Stirling and University of Plymouth. Funding: Healthy Ageing, Social, Behavioural and Design 2020 (Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (£1,999,885).
  • (2020-23) E-Health Productivity & Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC2) (Academic Advisor - Digital Fabrication), University of Plymouth. Funding: European Regional Development Fund (£4,147,612).
  • (2019-20) Automation Fellowship (Academic Fellow) at the South West Creative Technology Network. Funding: Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund through the South West Creative Technology Network (£15,000).
  • (2019) Self-adaptable robot assisted manufacturing in intelligent sustainable work cells (Principal Investigator) at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, University of Plymouth. Funding: EPSON (~£34,600). Award granted through the provision of 3 EPSON VT6 series robots.
  • (2017-19) Computing craft: manufacturing of cob structures using robotically controlled 3D printing (Co-investigator), University of Plymouth and Cardiff University (partner institutions). Funding: Connected Everything (Industrial Systems in the Digital Age) - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding via University of Nottingham (~£73,000).
  • (2017) Augmented vernacular: embedding digital practices into traditional cob construction techniques (Principal Investigator) at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth. Funding: Chartered Institute of Building, Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund (£7.000).
  • (2013-14) Reflective and dynamic use of Wikis to support collaborative design learning (Research Assistant) at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool. Funding: British Higher Education Academy (Individual Grant Scheme, £7.000), & University of Liverpool (£19.076).
  • (2010-14) Augmented Pedagogies (Principal Investigator - PhD Research) at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool. Funding: Chilean Government Grant BecasChile for doctoral studies (~£25.000), & Graduate Teaching Assistantship from the University of Salford. (~£75.000).

Publications

Publications

Journals

  • BURKE, R., VELIZ REYES, A., 2021. Socio-spatial relationships in design of residential care homes for people living with dementia diagnoses: a grounded theory approach. Architectural Science Review (Special Issue: Architectural Design Science for Dementia).
  • GOMAA, M., JABI, W., VELIZ REYES, A., SOEBARTO, V., 2021. Development of a 3D printing system for earth-based materials. Automation in Construction 124 (April 2021, 103577).
  • VELIZ, A., JABI, W., GOMAA, M., CHATZIVASILEIADI, A., AHMED, L., WARDHANA, N., 2019. Negotiated matter: A robotic exploration of craft-driven innovation. Architectural Science Review 62(5: Special Issue “Means, Methods, Machines and Making in Architecture''): pp 398-408.
  • GOMAA, M., CARFRAE, J., GOODHEW, S., JABI, W., VELIZ, A., 2019. 3D printing of cob: Thermal Performance Assessment. Architectural Science Review 62(3): pp 230-237.
  • VELIZ, A., 2013. Augmented modelling in the design studio: Augmented pedagogies. Augmented reality, art and technology 3: pp 58-63.
  • VELIZ, A., FERNANDOY, J., SERRANO, P., 2010. Diseño arquitectónico basado en componentes, un caso de aplicación en infraestructura aislada (Architectural Component-Based Design, a case study on an isolated facility). Austro Ingeniería, Edition 2008-2009: pp. 17-25.
  • VELIZ, A., GONZALEZ, L.F., BARROS, L., 2008. Design de componentes construtivos personalizados usando um método de desenho baseado nas restrições (Design of mass-customized constructive components by using a constraint-based design method). Pesquisa em arquitetura e construcao 1(3).
  • VELIZ, A., GONZALEZ, L.F., BARROS, L., 2008. Transferencia de Tecnología para la producción de vivienda en Chile (Technology transfer for mass housing production in Chile). Cadernos de Pos-Graduação em Arquitetura e Urbanismo 8(1): pp. 1-12.

Conference Papers

  • VELIZ, A., QUITRAL, F., VERDEJO, F., (2021). Co-constructing architectural education futures: a post-pandemic virtual design studio. XXV Congress of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics SIGRADI “Designing possibilities”. 8-12 November 2021, Online. Accepted for publication.
  • JABI, W., CHATZIVASILEIADI, A., GOMAA, M., VELIZ, A., WARDHANA, N., 2018. Computing craft: development of a robotically-supported cob 3D printing system. Presented at: Connected Everything Conference 2018 “Manufacturing a Brave New World”. 26-27 June 2018, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
  • VELIZ, A., GOMAA, H., JABI, W., CHATZIVASILEIADI, A., WARDHANA, N., 2018. Computing craft: Early development of a robotically-supported cob 3D printing system. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Education and Research on Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2018: Computing for a better tomorrow. 18-20 September 2018, Lodz, Poland.
  • 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. Dialogues 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

  • VELIZ, A., DE WILDE, P., 2017. Interim project report “Augmented vernacular: embedding digital practices into traditional cob construction techniques”. Chartered Institute of Building.
  • VELIZ, A., 2010. Departamento de Arquitectura UTFSM: Respuestas ante el Terremoto (Department of Architecture, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María: Responses against the Earthquake). Revista Ciudad y Arquitectura, n°145. Ed. Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile, Santiago.
  • SERRANO, P., SOLIS, R., BERHO, M., GONZALEZ, L.F., VELIZ, A., MUÑOZ, A., BARRIA, P., FERNANDEZ, J.P., ENGELMANN, E., 2010. Instructivos para la fabricación y armado de domos geodésicos de emergencia post-terremoto (DIY Instructions for the fabrication and assembly of emergency geodesic domes). Department of Architecture, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile.
  • VELIZ, A., SERRANO, P., HAMMERSLEY, F., FERNANDOY, J., 2009. Estación de Monitoreo en el Glaciar Jotabeche: Una propuesta sustentable para edificaciones en zonas extremas (The Jotabeche Monitoring Station: A sustainable proposal for buildings in extreme environments). Revista Ciudad y Arquitectura, n°139 Abril-Marzo 2009. Ed. Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile, Santiago.
  • SERRANO, P., VELIZ, A. (Ed.), HAMMERSLEY, F., 2009. Manual de armado y uso: Módulo para Monitoreo de Glaciares (Instructions for the assemblage of a glacier monitoring refugee). Project funded by Ministry of Public Works N°1019-146-LP09. Coyhaique, Chile.
  • SERRANO, P., VELIZ, A. (Ed.), HAMMERSLEY, F., FERNANDOY, J., 2008. Manual de armado y uso: Estación de Monitoreo de Glaciares en el Nevado Jotabeche (Instructions for the assemblage of a glacier monitoring refugee in the Jotabeche mountain). Project funded by Ministry of Public Works N°1019-11354-LE08. Valparaíso, Chile.

Posters

  • JABI, W., VELIZ, A., GOMAA, M., CHATZIVASILEIADI, A., WARDHANA, N., 2019. Computing craft: development of a robotically-supported 3D printing system for cob structures. Presented at: Connected Everything Conference 2019: Designing a Connected Future. 25-26 June 2019, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Personal

Personal

Reports & invited lectures

  • Creative Innovation and Digital Fabrication. Guest lecture at the S.B. Patel College of Architecture and Design, Pune, 10th June 2021, India.
  • Negotiated matter: Craft and robots in Architecture. Guest presentation at the Masters of Architecture (MArch), University of Hertfordshire. 23rd April 2021, United Kingdom.
  • 3D printing in Architecture. Guest presentation for CIBSE - Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (South West) and IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology, 12th April 2021, United Kingdom.
  • Experiencias de fabricación digital: aplicación en la arquitectura y su enseñanza (Experiences with digital fabrication in architectural teaching and learning). Guest lecture at the Digital Fabrication Laboratory, School of Architecture, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Design Thinking and Industrial Innovation: MSc Integrated Design Innovation. Guest lecture at the SNS College of Technology, Coimbatore, 8th October 2020, India.
  • Creative Innovation and Digital Fabrication. Guest lecture at the Saveetha College of Architecture and Design, Chennai, 17th September 2020, India.
  • Creative Innovation and CAD/Prototyping. Guest presentation at the Prototyping Seminar, Acceleration through Innovation (ATI) Cornwall, 8th September 2020, United Kingdom.
  • Presentation at the "Construction with earth: innovation and robotics" seminar (Construccion en Tierra, Innovacion y Robotica). Interdisciplinary Centre for Sustainable Construction and Production and University of Bio-Bio, 23rd July 2020, Chile.
  • Digital Fabrication: A framework for STEAM research. Presentation at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), 25th March 2020, Plymouth, United Kingdom.
  • I+D: Experimentos multidisciplinares (R&D: Multidisciplinary experiments). Guest lecture at UBB. November 2019. Concepcion, Chile.
  • I+D: Experimentos multidisciplinares (R&D: Multidisciplinary experiments). Guest lecture at the Department of Architecture UTFSM. November 2019. Valparaiso, Chile.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Architecture in Extreme Environments: The work of the Department of Architecture at UTFSM, Chile. Research Lecture Series. Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (CRD-PVS), Polytechnic of Turin, Italy.

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