Francisca Aroso is a postdoctoral fellow at the IC² Institute and was an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture (spring 2014) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Aroso holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) and the Open University (OU) in London (UK). She has a Masters Degree in Advanced Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona (Spain), and a B.A. in Architecture from ESAP, Porto (Portugal). She is a registered architect in Portugal.
Francisca founded m|use, a custom-made jewelry company, and has worked in different architecture firms in Portugal and Spain. She was a teaching assistant for Digital Fabrication Classes, Parametric Design Seminar, and Research Studio-Digital Tectonics and worked as well on the FabLab BCN at IaaC. Aroso was part of the curatorial team of “FULL PRINT 3D” at the DHUB Design Museum, Barcelona.
At the AA she was an academic assistant to the Emergent Technologies and Design group (EmTech) and worked at the Digital Prototyping Lab.
She is interested in exploring the conceptual and material opportunities that emerge from the use of digital design and fabrication technologies for the design and production of architecture. She is inspired by nature through the study of Biomimetics and its application to the design process. As well as investigating the way in which technology (machines and rapid prototyping techniques) influences the way in which one conceives, thinks, and builds architecture, she also has research interests in smart buildings and cities.