Architect, Master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Master in Advanced Design and Digital Architecture (ELISAVA), Digital Fabrication Fab Academy Diploma from Fab Lab Barcelona,  Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence for Architecture and Design, and PhD(c) in Architecture and Urban Planning, in the Digital Futures group from Tongji University in Shanghai.

 

Co-founded and co-directed Fab Lab Santiago, one of the firsts Fab Lab in Chile and South America. Also co-founded 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, he organized the 13th International Fab Lab Conference & Symposium, Fabrication Society in Santiago de Chile in 2017.

Founder and director of Fab Lab Austral UC, located in Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost and insolated Fab Lab in the world, located in a Biosphere Reserve.

Currently, he is a researcher and lead of the Distributed Learning programs of Fab City Foundation, co-director of the Master in Design for Distributed Innovation from IAAC and Fab City, invited Faculty of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures (IAAC-- ELISAVA), and at the Master online in Cities from IAAC.

Since 2013, he is an Assistant Professor at the Design School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, running undergraduate and postgraduate  Advanced seminars and studios. 

 

He is an Associate Researcher at the Cape Horn International Center for Global Change Studies and Biocultural Conservation (CHIC), and a scientific member of DigitalFUTURES, SIGRADI and CAADRIA. His research is focused on the exploration of advanced digital fabrication strategies, low energy material systems, and sustainable development through digital technologies as the intersection between technologies, ecosystems and communities.

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

  • Encuentro Nacional Chile Diseño. Santiago de Chile, Chile.

  • Presentación LeufuLab, Universidad Austral de Chile. Valdivia, Chile.

  • Miradas a lo Digital. Encuentro de Cultura Digital, Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio de Chile. Santiago de Chile.

  • Panel Energia. Semana del Clima de Belo Horizonte, COP26. Belo Horizonte, Brasil.

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

  • Lecture, BioDesign Latin American HUB. Universidad de lo Andes, Colombia.

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

  • SIGRADI 2021. Conferencia Internacional de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Gràfica Digital.

2020

  • ATRICA. Encuentro Internacional de Diseño Computacional, Fabricación Digital y Tecnología Aplicada a la Arquitectura. Liga Nacional de Estudiantes de Arquitecturade México. Ciudad de México, México.

  • Narrativas Globales de Inteligencia Artificial en Latinamérica. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

  • 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.

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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.

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