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Floodlighting Patras Cathedral_ PATRA_GREECE

Outdoor/Indoor Lighting_Summer Residence_PAROS_GREECE

“It is with light that we can bring soul and spirit back into architecture and perhaps find our soul in the process” Arthur Erickson

PHILOSOPHY_As an architect I was trained to treat natural light as a primary material of the architectural composition. Structure and form evolved around natural light. I learned more about measuring and controlling it, the science and technology behind artificial light and the development of a lighting scheme, following an MSc in Light & Lighting. The floodlighting of the Cathedral of Patra in Greece, awarded Young Lighter of the year 2006 by the SLL, CIBSE in U.K, could be considered the most important, although all projects have felt equally challenging in terms of treating light in different applications as a silent design associate, improving visual quality, complementing shape, form, color. Lighting architects reveal elements of art and architecture with the use of integrated light technology. Light directly affects human sentiments. We aim at creating energy efficient lighting schemes that go beyond the mere satisfaction of functional needs, providing the ability to create dynamics, hierarchies and mood at both exterior and interior. As night time becomes another spatial dimension informed by detailed design, working at several interior and exterior projects, focusing at shadow and darkness, using light to reveal narrative, in sync with human interaction and natural conditions. Collaborating with a broad range of people from different backgrounds and design disciplines.

“You cannot walk on light: it doesn’t have structure but it is part of the structure and thinking of the architecture” Richard Meier.

ABOUT ME_ Freelance Architect – Lighting Designer, lecturer at the Technological Institute of Central Macedonia teaching Lighting and Structural Art.
Born in Patra, Greece, 1978.
BA(Honours)Degree in Architecture from Portsmouth University(UK) 1996-1999. Worked as an Architectural Assistant at the Architectural Practice The Haddow Partnership, Hampshire 1999-2000. Diploma and a Scholarship for a Masters Degree in Architecture from The Mackintosh School of Architecture of the University of Glasgow in Scotland 2000-2003. Specialized in Lighting through an M.Science in Light and Lighting from the University of London UCL, The Bartlett School of Architecture 2003-2004. Returning to Greece in 2005 started working as an Architect, Lighting Designer and writing articles for the Technical Magazine KTIRIO.
2005 – 2nd price for the Architectural Thesis Project “Kid Size» by the Technical Chamber of Greece.
2006 – Awarded Young Lighting Designer of the Year 2006 from the Society of Light and Lighting of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, in London, U.K. for the lighting of the Facade of the Cathedral of Patra. 2008 – Joined the architectural team and together have won the first price for the redevelopment of the Central Square of Kozani in Greece.2011
2011_ 1st PRIZE at the national architectural competition for the redevelopment of the central square of the city of Kozani – awarded to

2017 – 1st PRIZE in the Urban Landscape Lighting Category in the International Competition organized by Lamp Lighting Solution Awards Urban Lighting Category.