Architect, Master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Digital Fabrication Fab Academy Diploma from Fab Lab Barcelona. Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence for Architecture and Design.

PhD(c) Architecture and Urban Planning, Digital Futures group, Tongji University.

Have collaborated with several architecture offices in Chile, Spain and China, worked at Fab Lab Barcelona, assistant professor at the Master in Advanced Architecture from IAAC, and visiting professor In the School of design and Innovation of Tongji University and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Co-founder of Fab Lab Santiago and former co-director between 2013 and 2018. Also co-founder of the Distributed Design Foundation.

Co-edited and published How to revitalize cultural heritage through innovation and digital fabrication?, Fabricating Society and The Counterculture Room books, the last one as part of the Chilean Pavilion at the London Design Biennale in 2016, designed and curated by Fab Lab Santiago.  Also, ge organized the 13th International Fab Lab Conference & Symposium, Fabrication Society, Santiago 2017

Currently, he is a researcher and head of the Distributed Learning area of Fab City Foundation and director of Fab Lab Austral UC, the southernmost Fab Lab in the world.

Since 2013, is an Assistant Professor at the Design School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, running undergraduate and postgraduate (Master in Advanced Design) courses of Associative Design, Design by Simulation, Urban Hacking, Critical Design, and Studio.

 

His research is focused on the exploration of advanced digital fabrication strategies, digital technologies for cities, the relationship between digital infrastructures and social systems and bio-material computation.

tomasvivanco@gmail.com

Awards and Recognitions

2020: Research grant. National Fund for Cultural Development and the Arts. Minister of Culture, Chile.

2019: Research grant: 'Facetas: reinterpretación digital/ análoga de objetos Marioriales en Navarino', National Fund for Cultural Development and the Arts. Minister of Culture, Chile.

2018: Digital Futures PhD scholarship, Tongji University.
2017: Santander UC Scholarship

2017: Honourable Mention, London Design Biennale

2016: Academic Excellence, best young professor. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

2016: Research grant: 'Sandbot: Mobile sand 3d printer', National Fund for Cultural Development and the Arts. Minister of Culture, Chile.

 

Lectures & Presentations

2021

  • CAADRIA 2021- Projections: 26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. Hong Kong.

  • BioDesign Latin American HUB.

  • Fuel 4 Design, ELISAVA, European Network of Design Schools.

2020

  • Espacios Digitales de Arquitectura- Encuentro de Economias Creativas, Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio. Santiago de Chile, Chile. 

  • Mes del Diseño 2020, Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio. Santiago de Chile, Chile.

  • Fab Lat: 10vo Encuentro Latinoamericano de Fab Labs. Latin America.

  • Beyond 2020: World Sustainable Built Environment Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • CAADRIA 2020- RE: Anthropocene, Design in the age of humans. 6th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • FabX Live, International Fab Lab Conference and Symposium. World wide.

  • Design X Living. Fab Lab Barcelona, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Barcelona, Spain.

  • Making Solutions for COVID. Centro de Innovación UC, Santiago de Chile.

 

2019

  • Fab Lab: V Encuentro Latinoamericano de Fab Labs. Lima, Perú.

  • Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication and Computational Conference. Shanghai, China,

  • Exhibition: Thessaloniki Design Week. Thessaloniki, Greece.

  • Presentation: IAAC Alumni meeting. Barcelona, Spain.

2018

  • Distributed Design Workshop. Universidad Técnica de Monterrey. Guadalajara, México. 

  • Speculation and Digital Fabrication. Fab Lab O. Shanghai, China. 

  • Distributed Design. Tongji University. Shanghai, China.

  • 14th International Fab Lab Conference & Symposium. Toulouse, France.

  • Museo Artes Visuales (MAVI): Conocimiento Local en la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres. Santiago, Chile.

2017

  • Chilean Design Biennale. Estación Mapocho. Santiago de Chile.

  • 13th International Fab Lab Conference. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago de Chile.

  • Designer Book Chile. Casino Enjoy. Viña del Mar, Chile.

  • Miami Maker Faire. Miami Dade College. Miami USA.

  • Performa Symposium. If Valparaíso. Valparaíso, Chile.

  • Saber Hacer. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago de Chile.

  • Smart City World Expo Puebla. Centro Expositor. Puebla, México.

2016

  • 12th International Fab Lab Conference. Shenzhen, China.

  • DO Smart City. Titanium Conference Center. Santiago de Chile.

  • Digital Camp. Redbull Basement. Sao Paulo, Brasil.

  • London Design Biennale. Somerset House. London, UK.

  • Design From Chile. King`s College. London, UK

  • Design Research Conference. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago de Chile.

  • Digital Territories. Centro Cultural España. Santiago de Chile.

2015

  • 11th International Fab Lab Conference. MIT. Boston, USA.

  • Digital Fabrication Colloquium. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Valparaíso, Chile.

  • International Festival of Social Innovation (FIIS). Parque Bicentenario. Santiago de Chile.

  • Digital Objects. Centro Cultural España. Santiago de Chile.

2014

  • 10th International Fab Lab Conference. Design Museum. Barcelona, Spain.

  • Digital Fabrication Colloquium. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Valparaíso, Chile.

  • Puentek. INACAP. Santiago de Chile.