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Telesilla Bristogianni

Researcher / Lecturer

Contact: t.bristogianni@tudelft.nl

Keywords: Cast glass structures, Glass strength, Glass recycling, Glass defects, Fractography, Mechanical testing of glass.

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Ir. Telesilla Bristogianni specializes in cast glass structures, glass recycling, and glass strength and defect characterization. She is working as a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and finishing her PhD work at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences on the “Strength and flaws of structural cast glass”. She is also the Cast Glasslab supervisor at CiTG. She holds a diploma degree of Architect Engineer (NTUA) and a MSc degree in Building Technology (TU Delft). In 2014, when she joined TU Delft, she worked together with Faidra Oikonomopoulou in the research, development and construction supervision of the adhesively bonded cast glass block system for the Crystal Houses façade in Amsterdam, designed by MVRDV.


For their work in the Crystal Houses the two researchers have received multiple awards, including the Innovation Award 2016 by the Society of Façade Engineers and the Talent met Toekomst Bouwprijs 2017. Through this project Telesilla and Faidra discovered the architectural potential of cast glass, but also saw the engineering challenges involved. This is when they conceived the idea of Re3 Glass; a reversible system out of recycled cast glass components. The project was awarded two 4TU.Bouw Lighthouse grants (2016, 2017), nominated for the New Material Award 2018 and the STARTS Prize 2020, and exhibited at Venice Design 2018, Dutch Design Week 2018, Milan Design Week 2019, and at the permanent collection of Vitra Schaudepot and the Parlamentarium (EU Parliament Visitor’s center in Brussels). Telesilla has also been involved together with Faidra in the development and prototyping of cast glass facades and structures such as the Glass Vault by SOM & Princeton University, and the Kuala Lumpur Bvlgari facade designed by MVRDV (initial research stage) and the Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland designed by Konstantin Arkitekter. 

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Selected Publications

  • Investigating the flexural strength of recycled cast glass, Bristogianni, T., Oikonomopoulou, F., Yu, R., Veer, F. A., & Nijsse, R. (2020), Glass Structures and Engineering, 5(3), 445–487. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40940-020-00138-2.

  • Exploratory Study on the Fracture Resistance of Cast Glass, Bristogianni, T., Oikonomopoulou, F., Veer, F. A., & Nijsse, R. (2021), International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research, 5, 195-225. https://doi.org/10.3844/sgamrsp.2021.195.225.

  • Structural cast glass components manufactured from waste glass: Diverting everyday discarded glass from the landfill to the building industry, Bristogianni, T., Oikonomopoulou, F., Justino de Lima, C., Veer, F., & Nijsse, R. (2018), Heron, 63(1/2), 57-102. [4].

  • Interlocking cast glass components, Exploring a demountable dry-assembly structural glass system, Oikonomopoulou, F., Bristogianni, T., Barou, L., Jacobs, E., Frigo, G., Veer, F., & Nijsse, R. (2018), Heron, 63(1/2), 103-138.

  • The construction of the Crystal Houses façade: challenges and innovations, Oikonomopoulou, F., Bristogianni, T., Veer, F., & Nijsse, R. (2017), Glass Structures and Engineering, 3 (2018), 87-108. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40940-017-0039-4.

TU Delft Research Profile

Selected Awards

- Young Researcher Award 2021 by International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research

- Best Paper Award 2020 by Glass Structures & Engineering Journal (Investigating the strength of cast glass project)

- STARTS prize 2020 Nomination by Ars Electronica (Re3 Glass project)

- Honourable Award 2019 by Bouwend Netherlands (Glass & Transparency Research Group)

- New Material Award 2018 Nominee by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Fonds  Kwadraat & Stichting Doen (Re3 Glass project)

- Talent met Toekomst Nederlandse Bouwprijs 2017 (Talent with future Dutch construction engineering award)

- Outstanding Innovation Award 2016  by the Society of Façade Engineers (Crystal Houses façade)

- Public Award in Dutch Design Awards 2016 (Crystal Houses façade)

- 2nd prize 2011, Stadium of the Future Competition by Edge Amsterdam, In collaboration with Calle E., Sakkas P. and Shitole H.

- 1st prize 2010, Renovation of the Municipal Theater of Corfu and the Entrance Piazza, In collaboration with Zerefos S., Tessas C., Armeni I., Hatzopoulos K. and Kokkini A.

- Prize at SEGM Housing Competition for Fire Victims 2008, In collaboration with Zerefos S., Tessas C., Armeni I.

Workshops

2019, Design principles for cast glass elements for façade/structural applications, SHoP Architects NYC - Co-Organizer, Instructor: 

2019, Development of cast glass components for various applications in architecture, Design Lab Athens - Co-Organizer/ Instructor:

2018, Mould making and kiln-casting of structural glass components, Challenging Glass 6 Conference - Co-organizer/Instructor

Professional memberships & Affiliations

- Licensed Architect at the Technical Chamber of Greece