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Maria Gabriela Caffarena Celani

affiliate researcher

Researcher and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism


Gabriela Celani holds a master's degree in architecture from FAU-USP and a PhD from MIT, where she was supervised by William Mitchell and Terry Knight. Since 2004 she has been a researcher and professor at the Architecture and Urbanism course at Unicamp, where she created the Laboratory of Automation and Prototyping for Architecture and Construction (LAPAC), and where she is currently a full professor. She works at the undergraduate and graduate levels, developing research in the areas of digital fabrication, automation of the design process, grammar of form, and algorithmic-parametric design, in a transversal way to Architecture and Urbanism. At Unicamp, she was advisor to the Dean and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Project Director of the Exploratory Science Museum, and currently coordinates the Physical-Spatial component of the International Hub for Sustainable Development (HIDS) project. She is the author of Creative CAD (Elsevier, 2003) and translated into Portuguese the books The logic of architecture and The poetics of gardens. She has been a funded visiting professor at Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, and MIT. She was coordinator of projects funded by FAPESP, CAPES, FAEPEX, and CNPq, involving national and foreign universities, such as Coimbra, Lisbon, Melbourne, Braunschweig, and Kaiserslautern. He is a member of the scientific committees of Design Computing and Cognition, SIGraDi, eCAADe, CAADRIA, ASCAAD and CAAD Futures conferences. She was vice-president of SIGraDi and is currently vice-president of CAAD Futures. She has been an invited speaker at the following events: Digital fabrication: a state of art (Lisbon, 2011), SIGraDi 2012 (Fortaleza), Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (Lisbon, 2013), Digital D'Arq (Coimbra, 2015) and SIGraDi/eCAADe 2019 congress (Porto). He organized the CAAD Futures 2015 (São Paulo) and BRAGFOST 2016 (Campinas) congresses. He received the Arturo Montagú (Sigradi, 2017) and Zeferino Vaz (Unicamp, 2018) awards for academic trajectory.



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