STOA Studio Of Architecture was founded in Athens in 2017 by Erato Choli, Alexandros Kappas, Margarita Malliri, Eleni Papageorgiou and Athina Vlachou. Departing from the 'common ground' of the Athens School of Architecture, we specialise in all fields of architectural design, from the urban scale to that of interiors. The holistic approach of our work is based on the interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists and designers of different specialties (urban design, spatial analysis, architectural design, material science, construction, visualisation, art direction, scenography, industrial design). We consider this heterogeneous synthesis to be a necessary condition of design in the modern era. Unchained from impermanent architectural trends, we seek authentic and modern solutions, inspired by visual and performative arts, human studies and space theory. Our work includes design studies and constructed projects of commercial, residential and public spaces, urban design projects as well as ephemeral scenography projects for cinema, theater and festivals.
Athina Vlachou studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and Urban Planning & Design at UCL, Bartlett School of Planning, graduating 1st with Distinction. Her studies were funded by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. She has worked with Space Syntax Ltd (London) as Project Consultant assessing the design of urban regeneration projects based on spatial and data analysis and proposing guidelines for the improvement of their performance. She has collaborated with Thymios Papayiannis & Associates (Athens), as Project Manager of the masterplan of a health and housing development in Riyadh, S. Arabia. From 2015 to 2018 she has been a Senior Associate at Urban Transcripts, supporting the organisation of international urban design workshops, the design of urban regeneration projects and as a member of the Editorial Board of ‘The Urban Transcripts Journal’. Her research work in the area of social geography, urban analysis and sustainable urban mobility has been presented in international urban planning and design conferences. Meanwhile she has been active as a freelancer in the design and construction of private projects in Greece.[email protected]
Alexandros Kappas studied at the Architectural School of the National Technical University of Athens (2013) and at the Inter-Departmental Postgraduate Courses at the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA, Materials Science and Engineering (2017). His postgraduate research, which has been presented at international conferences, was to provide innovative solutions for the production and harvesting of algae cells, as well as the scaling up of their reproduction systems, in order to achieve economic viability of microalgae biomass. In 2008, he started his professional career in the field of architecture in collaboration with various architectural offices, while at the same time working at his own projects which included the design and construction of private residential projects, art installation in music festivals, interactive audiovisual installations and set design for theatrical plays.[email protected]
Margarita Malliri studied at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens. She then attended the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program of the NTUA "Research in Architecture: Architectural Design - Space - Culture", where she had the opportunity to study the processes of aesthetic representation of culture through concepts such as semiology, symbolism and social construction. Her interest for the small scale and the direct contact with the produced object led her to the field of jewellery. She attended intensive courses of jewellery design and making in Athens and Florence (Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence) and she approaches architecture and jewellery as two complementary fields on the processes of analysis and synthesis. During the period 2013-2016 she worked at the Greek construction company AKTOR SA, both in the construction supervision field as well as the preparation of BoQs (Bill of Quantities) for large scale projects. At the same time, she was active as a freelancer architect in the field of interior design by undertaking the design and supervision of private projects.[email protected]
Eleni Papageorgiou studied at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens. She pursued her studies at the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program at the NTUA, Research in Architecture: Architectural Design-Space-Culture, from she graduated with a scholarship. Her diploma thesis titled “Space-Subject” aimed at the analysis of the relation between space and its users through cinema. Since 2010 she works on architectural, interior design, as well as scenography projects in cinema, theater and television. Since 2016 she works as an external partner at Sculpting Space Design Studio mostly on architectural, exhibition design and art curation projects. As an art director she has collaborated with many producers in many feature and short films, as well as in tv commercial spots.[email protected]
Erato Choli studied at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and she is also a graduate of the MSc Design - Space - Culture of the Architecture School, NTUA. Her diploma thesis titled "Motion of Bodies and Topology of Architectural Space", aims at the chorological approach of everyday movement aiming at enriching the tools of architecture in the composition and observation of the space. She also developed a special interest in research on parametric and algorithmic design, participating in seminars organized by AA. (Architectural Association) and iMAL (Center for Digital Cultures and Technologies). Since 2009 she has been active in the field of architecture (design and construction of private projects) and interior design as a freelancer, and has collaborated with various architectural offices such as DK architects, Tectus Design, Nikos Manioudakis (Oikodynamiki) etc.[email protected]