Dr Theo Dounas

Dr Theo Dounas - Learning Excellence Leader

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment - Robert Gordon University


This is an introductory presentation on Automation in Design and Construction, framing the challenges and opportunities the sector faces under the lens of automation. It focuses in particular on the archchain.cc project led by Robert Gordon University, where we build automation tools to help radically change the AEC industries.

Archchain is a project that encompasses applications of blockchain and distributed ledgers in the design and management of buildings and cities.

It is a project that has built prototypical tools for working in a decentralised manner in architectural design and construction using the underlying technologies of cryptocurrencies. The project presents novel opportunities on how construction professionals can collaborate using blockchain but also how blockchain can create new efficiencies in the AEC industries. Further the presentation will discuss how blockchain in construction creates and enables new innovative business models in construction.

Speaker biography

Dr Theo Dounas is an architect and the learning excellence leader at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordon University where he directs the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design and orchestrates the school’s efforts in digitization. His research expertise encompasses blockchain, generative and parametric systems with a tight orchestration between design and fabrication.

He is currently directing “archchain”, a project that establishes a decentralised Building Information Modelling toolset and mechanisms for the AEC industry, while ongoing research in fabrication includes a series of projects in robotic fabrication of timber components for buildings. He is active in architectural design through his office Adventurous Architecture.

Theo holds an engineering doctorate and architecture engineering diploma, both from Aristoteles University in Thessaloniki, Greece. His architectural design work and research have received numerous awards and funding in Asia and Europe.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment - Robert Gordon University Logo

The Sir Ian Wood Building
Riverside East
Garthdee Road
AB10 7GJ


Main Sponsors