Zenovia Toloudi / Studio Z

Assistant Professor, Dartmouth
DDes, AIA Intl Associate, BSA member

DDes 2011, Harvard GSD
MArch 2006, IIT Architecture
Dipl. Arch. Eng. 2003, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


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Zenovia Toloudi is architect, artist, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. She has been research fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and at MIT Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT). Her research builds on a cultural approach of technology, craftsmanship, and activism in architecture with installations that interplay with the physical qualities of space (air, light, sound) and their sensual perception (smell, vision, hearing) to enhance awareness and participation. Zenovia has received her doctorate from Harvard GSD, Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, and Architecture Engineering Diploma from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled On Architectural Taste and Identity: Experimenting with PICANICO Game, explores the creation of a new classification of architectural typologies that emerge from user preferences and how this compares to academic ones. She is recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, and has received several other grants, awards, and prizes.

In 2000, Zenovia founded Studio Z, a research and creative practice for architecture, art, and urbanism. Zenovia's ephemeral and adaptive structures, and experiential installations have been exhibited internationally, including Venice Biennale, The Lab at Harvard, Athens Byzantine Museum, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and Illuminus Boston. Zenovia’s public art projects have been placed in buildings such as MIT Stata, New England College of Optometry, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; and belong to art collections such as Aristotle University's Sculpture Collection, Threcian Pinacotheca, and Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth. She has presented in conferences abd symposia such as The Right to Architecture, Ambiances Demain, International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA 2015: Disruption), the Atmosphere Symposium 5, Connections (MIT Media Lab), SiGraDi, Design Computing and Cognition, and the MIT Energy Night (MIT Museum). Her essays have been published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, MAS Context, WAr, and proceedings of ACSA 101, and 104, ICSV17, SIGraDi 2008 and 2010, and the 1st International File to Factory Symposium.

Zenovia has co-curated the exhibition Made in Greece Plus at the Boston Museum of Science, and organized many academic events including Brain.Storms, Inspire Japan; Critical Digital conferences. Beyond Dartmouth, Zenovia has taught at Harvard, MIT, IIT, Aristotle University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston Architectural College, and Hellenic American Educational Foundation. She has developed graduate and undergraduate courses in topics such as interventions in public space, history/theory of installations, models/model thinking, material/immaterial, and temporary structures.

* Photo credit: Jeneile Egbert