Maroula Bacharidou

Computational Designer | Post-graduate Teaching Fellow, MIT Architecture | Researcher, HCIE Lab, MIT CSAIL

About me

I am a Post-Graduate teaching Fellow at MIT Department of Architecture, and a researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Engineering Lab at MIT CSAIL where I am fortunate to be mentored by Professor Stefanie Mueller. My research focuses on rule-based computational design, interactive fabrication, and user-centered design from a computational point of view. I hold a SMArchS in Design Computation from MIT, an MS in Design-Space-Culture and a Masters in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. I have several years of experience in architecture practice, interaction design and curatorial activity. In my graduate thesis at MIT, where I was advised by Professor Terry Knight, I introduced a framework for embedding iteration and solution exploration, two essential parts of the computational design process, into tools for interactive fabrication. Currently, I am working on computational methods for evaluating user experience and physical performance of design objects.

Selected Projects

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  • Bacharidou, M. Touch and Tell: Describing with Language, Feeling with Hands, and Making with Both. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC ‘18). (Politecnico di Milano, Italy, July 2018).
  • Bacharidou, M. Touch, See, Make: Employing Active Touch in Computational Making. In Proceedings of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, November 2017).
  • Bacharidou, M., Katsaros, M., Christofi, M., Naki, M. and Demetriou, N. Drones Above the Stones: A New Aerial Approach for Large Scale Documentation and Modelling of Architectural Heritage. In Proceedings of BIOCULTURAL International Conference. (University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 11-12 December 2015).
  • Bacharidou, M. and Adamopoulos, G. Matter and Knowledge Among Digital Communities. In Workshop Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IOS Press EBooks. (Athens, Greece, 18-19 July 2013).


  • 01/2019 - I'm co-teaching the studio "Transensational Objects: A studio on Inclusive Design" in collaboration with MIT and the Perkins school of the Blind in Massachusetts.
  • 12/2018 - Final review of the undergraduate studio “How to Design (almost) Anything” I co-taught with with Prof Skylar Tibbits at MIT Architecture is done. Congrats to our students for their wonderful work!
  • 12/2018 - I co-hosted Dave Power's talk on Inclusive Design at the MIT International Design Center (MIT IDC).
  • 11/2018 - Announced the class "Material Interfaces for User-Centered Design" that I will teach at the MIT Department of Architecture in Spring 2019.
  • 09/2018 - Joined the Human-Computer Interaction Engineering Lab (HCIE) at MIT CSAIL as a Research Scientist.
  • 07/2018 - Was selected as a Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow at the MIT Department of Architecture for the Academic Year 2018-2019.


  • MIT Post-graduate Teaching Fellowship at MIT Department of Architecture [2018]
  • MIT Merit Fellowship for MS in Design and Computation [2017]
  • Harold Horowitz (1951) Research Fund for the development of my project titled “Active Prototyping: A Computational Framework for Designing while Making” [2017]
  • A. Onassis Foundation Scholarship for graduate studies at MIT [2017]
  • A.G. Leventis Foundation Scholarship for graduate studies at MIT [2017]
  • Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship for graduate studies at MIT [2017]
  • William Mitchell Research Award [2017]
  • MIT Graduate Fellowship for SMArchS in Design and Computation [2016]
  • Lilian Voudouri Scholarship for postgraduate studies at the NTUA [2014]
  • Eurobank-Ergasias Award of Excellence for ranking first in my High School during matriculation exams [2007]