Aris Vartholomaios is a postdoctoral researcher of the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) on environmental urban analysis and design. He holds a Diploma in Land Surveying Engineering from AUTh (2009), an MA in Urban Design with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University (2010) and a PhD in Environmental Urban Design from AUTh (2016). Currently he is currently teaching on contract at the School of Planning and Development at AUTh and is conducting cutting-edge research on urban energy metamodeling via Machine Learning. For his academic performance he has been awarded with the ‘Marie-Curie Seal of Excellence’, the IKY-Siemens PhD fellowship, the ‘Designing Creative Synergies 2014’ student award and a Distinction from the Technical Chamber of Greece. His academic interests focus on sustainable and resilient cities, the urban microclimate and passive/low energy buildings and neighborhoods. As an environmental design consultant, he has been involved in the regeneration of key public spaces in Greece, including the squares of Karamanli, Eleftherias and Fanarioton.