Sara Eloy is an expert in shape grammar design systems and digital technologies in architectures. Her main areas of research are applications of shape grammars in architecture namely for housing transformations. She also works on virtual and augmented reality applied to architecture and the analysis of the building space namely considering space perception. Eloy develops her research in ISTAR-IUL, a multidisciplinary research center, where she collaborates with researchers from the fields of Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Psychology. This collaboration enables her to create software prototypes for supporting the architectural design process.
Eloy graduated in Architecture (FA.UTL 1998) and has a PhD in Architecture (IST.UTL 2012) with the title “Transformation grammar-based methodology for housing rehabilitation: meeting contemporary functional and ICT requirements”.
She is currently the director of and fellow researcher at the Information Sciences Technologies and Architecture Research Center (ISTAR-IUL). She was between 2013 and 2016 director of the Department of Architecture and Urbanism (DAU) and of the Integrated Master in Architecture at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon. She has participated in national and international research projects and published her work in several journals as Environment and Planning B, AIEDAM and Nexus Network Journal. She has been expert evaluator for the European Commission since 2015.
Eloy is Assistant Professor at DAU and teaches disciplines of Architectural Computer Aided Design, Drawing, new technologies applied to Architecture and Research Methodologies.
Since the end of her graduation she has collaborated in several architectural firms in Portugal. At these firms she participated in projects ranging from the urban plan scale, the building scale, and the architectural detailing to the furniture scale.