Chrisoula Kapelonis

Location New York

Design Researcher at MIT Media Lab

Architect Designer
7 Projects

Work History

Interaction Design Lead - Google Assistant
Jul 2018 - Present
Mountain View, California
Designing future home experiences for the Google Assistant.
MIT Media Lab
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Greater Boston Area
City Science Group - Changing Places Led design research on the future of work and home, sensing systems, robotic furniture, smart materials, ubiquitous computing and micro-living. Presented research findings, collaborated with member companies, and built working prototypes of all scales and mediums.
Responsive Environments & Artifacts Lab
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
Greater Boston Area
Harvard GSD's research lab on the future of spaces and the built environment. Conducted multi-disciplinary research, and designed research tools for the collection of urban data sets centered around perception and mobility of Bergamo, Italy. Developed a mobile research platform for collecting data points on different modes of mobility, environmental data, transportation routes, to understand citizen perception on urban flows and conditions. Harvard Graduate School of Design
Lead UX Designer
Wise Systems, Inc.
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Greater Boston Area
Designed front-end interfaces and user experiences for a last-mile delivery logistics platform for drivers, delivery recipients and fleet managers to collaborate on the execution of the deliveries across desktop and mobile.
Venture Designer
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Greater Boston Area
Venture designer at the IDEO CoLab: Bits + Blocks Lab. Developed venture aimed at building new experiences around the technologies inspired byBitcoin and blockchains to build a human centered identity system. Collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of engineers and business to build a working prototype for an identity management service that allows individuals to create digital, verifiable identities.
Design Researcher & Strategist
BKSK Architects LLP
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014
Greater New York City Area
Research included in-depth analyses of design strategies, building material investigations, design web tools, evaluations of industry practices, and frameworks for understanding human centered design’s impact on place.
Design Researcher
City University of New York City College
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Greater New York City Area
Design Researcher for J Max Bond Center: Conducted research on the urban conditions of Detroit. Collected archival maps, and drew diagrams to visualize research data. Invited to partake in the Bruner Loeb Forum in Detroit, to discuss the research with industry professionals and thought leaders.
Design Studio Teaching Assistant
City University of New York City College
Aug 2011 - May 2014
Greater New York City Area
Spizter School of Architecture Design Studios: 2nd Year BArch, Adam Hayes, 2014 - 4th Year BArch, Joan Krevlin, 2013 - 1st Year MArch, Elisabetta Terragni, 2013 - 3rd Year BArch, Elisabetta Terragni, 2012 - 2nd Year BArch, Nandini Bagchee, 2012 - 2nd Year BArch, Adam Hayes, 2011
Design and Production Coordinator of CITYWORKS
City University of New York City College
Nov 2010 - Jan 2013
Greater New York City Area
Annual Design Journal of the Spitzer School of Architecture
Adjunct Lecturer
City University of New York City College
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture with Continuing and Professional Studies Summer Architecture Career Lab
Architectural Design Consultant
Berman Horn Studio
Dec 2010 - Mar 2012
Greater New York City Area


Master of Science (M.S.) Media Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 - 2018
Master of Architecture II (MArch II)
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
2014 - 2016
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
City University of New York City College
2009 - 2014
Regents Diploma with Honors
Bronx High School of Science
2004 - 2007