As Victor Papanek once said and I quote, "Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order". For me, this urge to impose a meaningful order in my life began when I was a child and design seemed to me as a discipline that reconciliates all the different art forms that I grew up with. From very early on i… Read More
As Victor Papanek once said and I quote, "Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order". For me, this urge to impose a meaningful order in my life began when I was a child and design seemed to me as a discipline that reconciliates all the different art forms that I grew up with. From very early on in my life I had the chance to be involved in art, ranging from music and literature to dance and sculpture. I never really had an "aha moment" where I knew for sure that I would become a designer but i enjoyed all of art's manifestations equally and I've learned to appreciate what each one has to offer. My grandmother, a sculptor, introduced me to the notions of form and material by occasionally taking me to her studio to witness the process of casting sculptures in metal. My grandfather, a professor in Spanish literature, used to quote Cervantes and tell me stories about the artistic and historical context of renaissance and baroque Spain. He bought me my first book, Don Quixote, when I was 5 years old (Unfortunately I was not able to read it). My father, a jazz musician made me appreciate the process of composition and rhythm, two ideas that are very closely related to architecture, my chosen field.
As an undergraduate student in Architecture I became fascinated by the intersection of culture and the built environment and more specifically in architecture as the boundary between the finite (man) and the infinite (nature). I elaborated on this idea through my honors thesis, where I examined the relations between culture and architecture in the famous seaport of Salonika (the second largest city of Greece). Extensive research on urban waterfronts revealed a series of complicated inter-relations between land and sea: geographically, between a limited "land"scape (including the city's urban center, suburbs and neighborhoods, roads and mountains) and the limitless "sea"scape of the Aegean sea.
After my graduation from the University of Minnesota, in 2011, I took a year off to concentrate on gathering the material necessary in order to apply to graduate school.
Studies: 2005-2008---Architecture and Engineering (University of Patras, Greece)
2008-2011---Bachelor of Design in Architecture with Latin Honors-Magna Cum Laude (University of Minnesota)
2011---Revit (BIM) Certificate Read Less