Zenovia Toloudi

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Studio Art
Doctor of Design (D.Des)
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Intl Associate
Boston Society of Architects (BSA) member

Zenovia Toloudi, D.Des. is architect, artist and Associate Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College. Founder of Studio Z, a creative practice focusing on the intersection of architecture, art, and urbanism, her work centers on connections between the environment, technology, and society. Zenovia has exhibited internationally, including at the Biennale in Venice,  Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, France, 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. Technoutopias exhibition catalogue, Dartmouth College, 2019

Toloudi, Z. Technoecologies: The Interplay of Space and its Perception, Ludics: Toys, Games and Play from Antiquity to Present, ed. Vassiliki Rapti and Eric Gordon (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2021) p. 95-123 LINK

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 (book chapter)

Toloudi, Z. When Public Space Meets Civic Imagination: The Case of Harvard Square, The Journal of Civic Media, Issue Civic Engagement (forthcoming)


Toloudi, Z. A Laboratory of Ideas in the Making, Harvard Wisdom. Inspiration from Harvard Graduates Around the World. ed. Sunha Paul Kim (Independently published, 2020) p. 176-177 

Toloudi, Z. On Interdependent Metabolic Structures: The Case of Cyborg Garden, as part of Human Computer Interaction International Conference (HCII) Proceedings (Springer, 2018) 135-144

Toloudi Z. Silo(e)scapes, Tomorrows: Urban Fictions for Possible Futures, ed. Daphne Dragona and Panos Dragonas (exhibition catalogue, 2018) 74-75, 82-85

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

Toloudi Z. Experimental Shelters – Essential Pavillions, A Shelter for Architecture, ed. Constantinos Bouras, Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos, Dimitra Tsachrelia (New York, The Print House, exhibition catalogue, 2018) 101-103

Toloudi, Z. Εγκαταστάσεις, Εκθέσεις, Εργαστήρια, Ατμόσφαιρες: η Στροφή της Αρχιτεκτονικής στο Πειραματικό και το Βιωματικό, Proceedings of 3rd International Congress on Ambiances (Volos, Greece, 2016) 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.  Shorter printed versions in Business Partners, Nov/Dec issue, 48-49 PDF & LINK and in American Planning Association Newsletter, Issue no 118: Planning and Technology Today, Summer 2018 6-7 PDF

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. Public Crystals, MC Redux: A Collection of Ideas for the New Use of Maison Crystal Building at Thessaloniki. ed. Korina Filoxenidou and Katerina Kotzia (exhibition catalogue, 2015)

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


Technoutopias, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (solo) 2019

Tomorrows. Urban Fictions for Possible Futures, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France, 2019

metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site, McCormick gallery, Boston Architectural College (BAC), Boston, MA (solo) 2018

Technoecologies, Design Building Gallery, UMass Amherst , Amherst, MA (solo) 2018

Future of History. A Group Exhibition of Art and Technology, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, MA, 2018

Dartmouth Influence, Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Illuminus Boston, HUBweek, Fenway, Boston, MA (public space) 2015

Optotopia, New College of Optometry (NECO), Boston, MA (solo) 2015       

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

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 (art collection) 2014

Industry Lab, Cambridge, MA (solo) 2013

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

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

Made in Greece Plus, Museum of Science, Boston, MA (curatorial) 2012

Made in Greece, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA (curatorial) 2011

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