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  • Bio

  • Mário Barros is a Lecturer in the School of Communication and Design at RMIT University in Vietnam. He graduated in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon in 2004. He completed his doctoral thesis, entitled “Mass Customisation in the Furniture Design Industry: the case of Thonet chairs”, in 2015 at Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. It focuses on the steps to evolve from mass production to mass customisation, particularly in the development of methods to implement generative design and production systems based on shape grammars and computer-assisted tools.

    His research interests include design methods in product design, in particular with the use of computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing, and the use of diagrams as methods to cope with complexity in design processes. His work aims to combine academic research with industrial applications.

    ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-1371-5710
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariobarros/
    Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mario_Barros5

    Curriculum Vitae: https://customchair.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/mariobarros_cv-sep18.pdf

     

    PUBLICATIONS:

    PhD Thesis:

    • Barros, M., (2015) Mass customisation in the furniture design industry: the case of Thonet chairs. PhD Thesis. Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa. https://tinyurl.com/y9cl4qdm

    Journal:

    • Barros, M., Duarte, J.P. and Chaparro, B.M. (2015) ‘A grammar-based model for the mass customisation of chairs: modelling the optimisation part’, Nexus Network Journal, 17 (3), pp. 875–898. https://rdcu.be/6HFF

    Book Chapters:

    • Barros, M., Duarte, J.P. and Chaparro, B.M. (2014) ‘Integrated generative design tools for the mass customisation of furniture’, In Gero, J. (ed.), Design Computing and Cognition ’12, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 305–321. http://mason.gmu.edu/~jgero/conferences/dcc12/DCC12DigitalProceedings/Digital pdf/Barros.pdf
    • Barros, M. (2006) ‘La definizione degli scenari / Définition des scénarios’, In Lotti, G. (ed.), Design e Territorio, Firenze, Alínea Editrice, pp. 30–37.

    Conference Proceedings:

    • Garcia, S. and Barros, M. (2015) ‘A grammar-based system for chair design: from generic to specific shape grammars’. In Proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference, Vienna University of Technology, 15th–18th September, pp. 427–436. http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/ecaade2015_233Google Scholar
    • Barros, M. and Casimiro, A. (2012) ‘A practical experience on acting local thinking global: design as the enabler of new sources of collaboration’, In Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies, São Paulo University and Mackenzie University, 3rd–6th September, pp. 260–263. https://www.proceedings.blucher.com.br/download-pdf/211/8592
    • Barros, M., Duarte, J.P. and Chaparro, B.M. (2011c) ‘Digital Thonet: an automated system for the generation and analysis of custom-made chairs’, In Proceedings of the 29th eCAADe Conference, University of Ljubljana, 21th–23rd September, pp. 521–529. http://papers.cumincad.org/data/works/att/ecaade2011_053.content.pdf
    • Barros, M., Duarte, J.P. and Chaparro, B.M. (2011b) ‘Thonet chair design grammar: a step towards the mass customization of furniture’, In Proceedings of the 14th CAAD Futures Conference, University of Liège, 6th–8th July, pp. 181–200. http://papers.cumincad.org/data/works/att/cf2011_p170.content.pdf
    • Barros, M., Duarte, J.P. and Chaparro, B.M. (2011a) ‘A design system for the mass customization of Thonet chairs’, In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 29th June –1st July, pp. 737–745.
    • Barros, M. and Chaparro, B.M. (2011) ‘The digital design process in the furniture industry: towards a new dialog between designer, user and producer’, In Proceedings of the 9th European Academy of Design Conference, University of Porto, 4th–7th May, pp. 671–680.
    • Barros, M. (2010) ‘The role of different CAD applications in product design teaching’, In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Digital Arts, University of Minho, 22nd–23rd April, pp. 197–200.
    • Barros, M. (2009) ‘Organização da Licenciatura em design e desenvolvimento de produtos’, Acta do Congresso E-Design – Visões para o ensino na Europa nos novos contextos ambientais e económicos, Culturgest, 6th–7th November.

    Posters in International Conferences:

    • Barros, M. (2009) ‘Workshop DESTER: design e território’, Congresso E-Design – Visões para o ensino na Europa nos novos contextos ambientais e económicos, Culturgest, 6th–7th November.

    Academic Journals:

    • Barros, M. (2012) ‘Processo de design digital no mobiliário: rumo a uma nova conversa entre designer, utilizador e produção’, In Revista Artitextos (10) 2012, pp. 121–128.
    • Barros, M., Duarte, J.P., Chaparro, B.M., Romão, L. and Celani, G. (2012) ‘Gramática descritiva de cadeiras Thonet’, In Revista Artitextos (10) 2012, pp. 113–120.