Vassilis Bourdakis was born in Athens and studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1987). He completed his PhD at the University of Bath, UK (1994) in the subject of building evaluation and performance. He researched and taught at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) at the University of Bath until 1998. Since 1999, he is working at the University of Thessaly where he is a professor .
He has written a large number of articles and research papers dealing with subjects of 3d modelling and applications in large scale digital city models, use of computers in Architectural design, virtual reality focusing in communication of ideas / designs, development of interactive virtual environments and their use as a visualisation tool for urban planning and policy making and lately is also working in the field of Intelligent Environments and their implications/application in real life studies. His research has been sited extensively; currently over 200 international citations.
While in CASA, he was the prime investigator and developer of the first, worldwide, large scale digital architectural oriented model of the Georgian city of Bath as well as the London’s Map of the Future. Over the last decade in Greece he has participated in a series of research projects dealing with urban scale visualisations (Ag. Varvara Athens as part of the EU funded project Planning Inclusion of Clients through e-Training, Volos old town in cooperation with the Municipal Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, virtual museum applications and conceptual visualisations related to teaching at primary school level).
He has participated in international architectural and art competitions and his work has been awarded prizes. He is also practicing architecture on small scale developments. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Institute of the Greek Architects and member of the administrative council for Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Organisation.