International Executive Committee
Marcelo Bernal, Chile
He holds a Ph.D. in Design Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he has developed his career between professional practice and academia. Currently, he is the Director of the Design Process Lab at Perkins&Will, an interdisciplinary research-based international architecture and design firm. The scope of his area of research includes meta-modeling, performance-based design, multi-criteria optimization to support decision-making, and workflows for design automation. As an active member of the community, he also serves as Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Architectural Computing, IJAC, and in the Scientific Committees of several CAAD Conferences. Before joining Perkins&Will, he was the co-founder and principal of Arqze ltd, an architectural studio dedicated to the design, fabrication, and installation of mobile deployable infrastructure for Antarctica to support the scientific and logistic activities. He was also the Director of the Undergraduate program at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, and Chair of the 2013 SIGraDi Conference in Valparaiso, Chile.
Patria Hernández, Argentina
Administrative Vice Presidency
Architect, FAUD, National University of Córdoba, Argentina. Architect in SPAIN, homologation. Magister in Education in psycho-informatics, FCS, U. N. de Lomas de Zamora. THESIS, Educational Hypermedia. PhD in Architecture and Urbanism, U. del Bio-Bio, Concepción, Chile, Thesis: Active User / Passive User. Study of the Perception of Comfort in Imotic Office Buildings. Academic internship at the University of Nottingham, England. Full-time professor, Equipment A chair, Architecture degree. Full-time professor in elective course Industrial Design, Equipment A FAUD, UNC, Argentina. Professor of the academic body of Doctorate, DOCTA, Graduate School FAUD, UNC. Erasmus City Lab Project Coordinator for Latin America, year 2017, 2018 and 2019. Research projects accredited to the SECyT, Science and Technical Secretary of the Nation, in technological innovation, Domotics. Work in a independent professional studio.
Rodrigo Scheeren, Brazil
Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. BA in Philosophy and BA in Architecture and Urbanism. Master and Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture (Institute of Architecture and Urbanism – University of São Paulo) with Internship (ABC Department – Politecnico di Milano). Currently doing research on architectural history and theory, computational design processes, digital fabrication technologies, interoperability and BIM, science and technology studies, and cultural studies. Member of the research groups Nucleus for the Study of Contemporary Spatialities (NEC.USP) and Laboratory for Advanced Studies in City, Architecture and Digital Technologies (LCAD-UFBA). Member of the scientific committee of SIGraDi and one of the organizers of the exhibition “Homo Faber: Digital Fabrication in Latin America”.
Léia Miotto Bruscato, Brazil
Vice Presidency of International Relations
She has a degree in Architecture from the Universidad del Vale do Rio dos Sinos (1994) and a Ph.D. in Architecture, Visual Communication in Architecture and Design from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain (2006). She was post-doctorate in Architecture by the ETSAB UPC / Spain (2020). Currently, she is Associate Professor II at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Full Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Design (PGDesign-UFRGS), in the Virtual Design line of research, studying Fabrication Digital as a Design process, with an emphasis on Parametric Design, exploring new languages of graphic representation.
Viviana Hernáiz, Bolivia
Viviana Hernaiz studied architecture at Universidad Católica Boliviana. She has a Master in Biodigital Architecture from ESARQ-UIC of Universidad Internacional de Cataluña (Barcelona). She is founder of MATERIAL Studio, based in New York, in which she investigates the interdependencies between Computational Design, Environmentally Informed Design, Industrialized Construction, and Digital Manufacturing. She has taught at different universities and her research work on the application of digital techniques in architectural design and her professional practice have been developed in different spaces in Europe, United States and Latin America.
Pablo C. Herrera, Perú
David Andrés Torreblanca Díaz, Chile-Colombia
DIrector of Communications
Chilean product designer, graduated with distinction (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile), he holds a Master’s Degree in Product Design Technologies with a distinction cum laude (Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, Chile). His research projects emphasize biomimicry and biodigital design, as a result of a transdisciplinary convergence between biology, design, parametric digital algorithms and digital fabrication technologies. Since 2002 experience in teaching, research and curriculum development in different higher education institutions; he has been an international lecturer, workshops instructor and exhibitor at international exhibitions. David Torreblanca was the chair of the SIGraDi 2020 -Transformative Design- Online conference. He is currently associate professor and researcher in Industrial Design career at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia.
Mauricio Loyola, Chile
Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Chile. PhD in Architecture – concentration in Computation (Princeton University), M.Des.S.- concentration in Technology (Harvard University) and B.Arch (University of Chile). Director of BIM Forum Chile, Director of the VER Lab (Virtual Environments Research) and coordinator of the Program in Construction 4.0 at the University of Chile. His current research area includes BIM, data science, design analytics, IoT, and VR/AR.
Alberto Fernandez, Chile
Director of Education
Alberto Fernández González is an Architect, Academic, and Researcher of the University of Chile, Master in Architecture of University College London, and RIBA Chartered Architect. His career has been developed between academia and professional practice, exploring the “form” designed from the local perspective as a contribution to Global issues applying BIM, Generative Design and Digital Fabrication in different scales, internationally recognised by HOLCIM Award Next Generation, Archiprix International, Sunbrella Future of Shade, UIA La Biennale di Venezia and Evolo Skyscrapers, among others. He has been part of UCH since 2006, where he leads Design Studio 6 – Digital integration and is Tutor for PART 1 Research Seminar unit and PART 2 Graduation Projects design studio. His work has been published nationally and internationally, and his MPhil/PhD studies are funded by the Chilean Government, UCL, and UCH. Currently, he is a Digital Design Tutor at UCL The Bartlett School of Architecture on MArch Design for Performance and Interaction, MEng Engineering and Architectural Design, MSci Architecture and MArch AD as Skills Tutor. By 2020 he started as an advisory board member of Perspectives Journal from the same school. At the same time he is part of Rational Energy Architects, a research and practice collective working with the connection among Artificial Intelligence, Decentralized Solar Economy, BioDesign and Self-generated spaces.
Paula Z. Gómez, USA
Director of Innovation
Dr. Paula Gómez obtained her Ph.D. in Computational Design from Georgia Tech, sponsored by Fulbright, and her bachelor’s and professional degrees in Architecture from the Technical University of Santa Maria, Chile. Paula is a Senior Research Engineer at the Georgia Technology Research Institute (GTRI), where she founded the Healthcare Design Analytics research group, is instructor on the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) program, Principal Investigator on research projects for Spatiotemporal Model of COVID-19 spread in buildings, director of tasks for the Gates Foundation Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet (G2RT) and the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex PZ-interactive flooring system. Paula has significant academic experience, including spatiotemporal modeling, information and knowledge modeling, systems modeling, and MBSE. Paula’s work has been recognized by her peers with several international awards. She serves on the SIGraDi board since 2017, as well as several scientific reviews committees, including SIGRADI, eCAADe. SIMAUD, and ASCAAD. She also has served as a guest editor of the International Journal of Architectural Computing, IJAC (2018-2022).
Frederico Braida, Brasil
Architect and urban planner (UFJF, 2005); specialized in fashion, fashion culture and art (UFJF, 2015); Master in Urban Planning (UFRJ, 2008); specialized in teaching in higher education (FESL, 2019); master, doctorate and post-doctorate in design (PUC-Rio, 2007, 2012 and 2015); post-doctorate in Mathematics (UTFPR, 2021). Professor at the Department of Design, Representation and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (DPRT / FAU / UFJF, since 2010). Permanent professor of the Postgraduate Program in Built Environment (PROAC / UFJF, since 2014). Permanent professor of the Postgraduate Program in Management and Evaluation of Public Education (PPGP / UFJF, since 2018). Permanent professor of the Postgraduate Program in Communication (PPGCOM/ UFJF, since 2020). Leader of the LEAUD Research Group – Laboratory of Language Studies and Expressions of Architecture, Urbanism and Design. Miembro de SIGraDi (desde 2004); miembro del Comité Ejecutivo Internacional de SIGraDi (2017-2019; 2019-2021). En 2021, fue presidente de la XXV Conferencia Internacional de SIGraDi.
Pedro Soza, Chile
Pedro Soza has been a member of SIGraDi since 2004. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Chile (1997), a Master of Science in Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2018). In 2006 he was Chair of the X international conference of SIGraDi in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Soza was president of SIGraDi from 2007 to 2009 and a member of the CA until 2011. At the University of Chile, he was Director of the School of Architecture, Design, and Geography from July 2014 until July 2017. In 2020 Mr. Soza received the “Arturo Montagu” annual award from SIGraDi, due to his work and contribution to SIGraDi.
Rodrigo Martín Iglesias, Argentina
Rodrigo Martin-Iglesias (Rod Martin) is an Architect and PhD in Design from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Full Professor of Architecture Theory and History at UBA and UNLaM. Head of Futures Design (FADU, UBA). Director of the Open Design International Master (UBA – Humboldt Universität zu Berlin). Coordinator of the Design Research Laboratory (+ID Lab, FADU, UBA). Digital Fellow at the Matters of Activity – Image Space Material – Excellence Cluster (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin). Director of the research projects “Visualization and Design of Futures. Beyond Strategic Foresight and Speculative Design” and “Hybrid reality to collectivize alternative future scenarios”. Former President (2017-2018) and member of the Advisory Committee of SIGraDi (Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics). Member of the IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing) and AREA (Journal of Reflection on Architecture, Design and Urbanism) Editorial Committees. Co-founder and Chief Strategist of NextFutures. Co-Founder and Coordinator of the Xenofuturës Collective Network.