Zenovia Toloudi

Assistant Professor, Studio Art
D.Des., Intl Assoc. AIA

Zenovia Toloudi is architect, artist, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. Her work critiques the contemporary alienation of humans from nature and sociability in architecture and in public space, and investigates spatial typologies to reestablish cohabitation, inclusion and participation through digital, physical, and organic media. The founder of Studio Z, a creative research practice on art, architecture and urbanism, Zenovia has exhibited internationally, including at the Biennale in Venice, the Center for Architecture, the Athens Byzantine Museum, the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Onassis Cultural Center. She has won commissions from Illuminus Boston, and The Lab at Harvard. Zenovia's work belongs to permanent collections at Aristotle University (AUTh), and the Thracian Pinacotheca.

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Zenovia has been an invited speaker on topics of spatial light, art installations, bioart, and bioarchitecture at venues such as the Light InSight interdisciplinary lecture series at New England College of Optometry, the International Symposium for Electronic Arts, the MIT Media Lab, the MIT Museum, the Aga Khan Symposium, the AIAS Forum, and the International Making Cities Livable Conference. Her writings on bioarchitecture, the vernacular, and art/architecture installations were published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, MAS Context and Organs Everywhere. Zenovia’s recent analysis on 21st century public space crisis, published by The Conversation, was republished in more than 30 venues, and was featured by The Aspen Institute.

Zenovia’s work has appeared internationally in press including at Artdaily and Artnews. She was interviewed by The Matt Townsend Show, BYU Radio on public space crisis; by Delta TV with one episode on her practice; by Vimagazino for her latest project on future architecture and agriculture; and multiple times by The Dartmouth for her practice, pedagogy, and vision. Zenovia is the recipient of The Class of 1962 Fellowship. She was a Public Voices Fellow, a Research Fellow at Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT, and a Fulbright Fellow. In 2011, Zenovia received her Doctor of Design degree from Harvard's GSD, a Master's of Architecture degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology (2006), and in 2003, she graduated from the AUTh in Architectural Engineering.


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D Des (2011) Harvard University, Graduate School Design
M Arch (2006) Illinois Institute Technology, College of Architecture
Dipl Arch Eng (2003) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Polytechnic School
Erasmus Exchange Program, Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture

Selected Publications

Toloudi, Z. Architecture and Living Matter(s): From Art/Architectural Installations to Metabolic Aesthetics, The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, ed. Charissa Terranova and Meredith Tromble, Routledge Press, 197-217 LINK


Toloudi, Z. Hacking Light, Organs Everywhere, ed. Simone Ferracina, Vol. 5 (New York, NY, 2017) 140-147 LINK

Toloudi, Z. Are We in the Midst of public Space Crisis? The Conversation (2016) LINK (original version, also published in Huffington Post, discussed in TrueReddit, and featured in The Aspen Institute)

Toloudi, Z. The Capsule as Cyborg Bioarchitecture, Technoetic Arts Journal, Volume 14, Issue 1-2: Complexism (Intellect Books, 2016) 95-104 LINK

Toloudi, Z. Exhibition as a Pedagogical Tool for Experimental and Public Architecture, Proceedings of ACSA 104: Shaping New Knowledges (Seattle, CA, 2016) 273-279 PDF

Toloudi, Z. Ordinary Lilli-Pot Spaces: Rendezvous in Tokyo, MAS Context, ed. Iker Gil, Issue 23: Ordinary (Chicago, IL, 2014) LINK

Toloudi, Z. Metaphrasis, Metamorphosis, and Traitorous Translations: A New Taxonomy of Relationships between Architecture and Gastronomy, Wentworth Architecture review, ed. Olivia Hegner, and Francesco Stumpo, Vol. 4 (Boston, MA, 2014)

Toloudi, Z. Natural and Artificial Light as Energy: Experiments in Space, Proceedings of ACSA 101: New Constellations, New Ecologies (San Francisco, CA, 2013) PDF

Toloudi, Z. Micro Ceasefire Under Shadow (MCUS): Perception and Production of the Sound and Visual Identity of an Urban Artificial Tree, Proceedings of ICSV17: 17th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (Cairo, Egypt, 2010) LINK

Toloudi, Z. Forming And Perceiving Architectonic Taste Through Picanico and Architaste, Proceedings of SIGraDi 2010: XIV Congress of Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics (Bogota, Colombia, 2010) LINK

Toloudi, Z. big-S M A L L: Design and Production Process for Families of Recursive Structures, Proceedings of the 1st International File to Factory Symposium (Chania, Greece, 2009) PDF

Toloudi, Z. Architectonic Brand Valuations using PICANICO: A Tag-Based Machine Learning, Proceedings of SIGraDi 2008: XII Congress of Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics (Havana, Cuba, 2008) LINK

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Selected works and activities


Technoecologies, Storrs Gallery, UNCC, Charlotte, NC (solo exhibition), 2018

A Temporary Museum of Ideas in the Making, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (curated), 2018

Tomorrows, Diplareios School (Onassis Cultural Centre/Stegi), Athens, Greece, 2017 

Speak! Listen! Act!, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (also curated), 2016

Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College (art collection), 2016   

Illuminus Boston, HUBweek, Fenway, Boston, MA (public space)

Optotopia, New College of Optometry (NECO), Boston, MA (solo)       

metamaquette, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (solo)
, 2014

MC Redux, Thessaloniki, Greece
, 2014

Designing for Free Speech, Theatrum Mundi, AIA New York, Center for Architecture, New York, NY
, 2014

Threcian Pinacotheca, Alexandroupolis, Greece (public space), 2014

Industry Lab, Cambridge, MA (solo), 2013

Stata Building, MIT, Cambridge, MA (public space)
, 2012

Garden Lab, Brant Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA, 2012

13.3 Percent, Los Angeles, CA
, 2010

The Lab at Harvard 2010/11 Opening Celebration, Cambridge, MA, 2010

Artrages: Surrealestate Exhibition, East Boston, MA

SWANDAY 2010 [Support Women Artists Now], Cambridge, MA, 2010

Video Art Festival Miden 2009: Urban [R]evolutions, Kalamata, Greece, 2009

Un-built, The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece, 2008

1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art: Other places, Thessaloniki, Greece
arch.city.art, Chicago, IL, 2007

Venice Biennale 2006: Cities. Architecture & Society, Venice, Italy, 2006

Vagabond: Art in Action, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2004

Amour Amour: Oktana, the utopian city, Technopolis – Gazi, Athens, Greece, 2001

Big Torino 2000, Biennale Arte Emergente, Torino, Italy
Aristotle, 2000

University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (public space), 2000