PILA is an architecture studio based in Athens and New York that creates environments for culture, working, and living around the world.  We believe in architecture’s enduring character to create meaningful connections between people and their environment as a counterpoint to the speed of contemporary living. By reimagining existing ideas around program and function, physical spaces can offer new ways of experiencing the world.

PILA builds lasting spaces that adapt to future transformation while considering today’s opportunities and constraints. Drawing upon material and immaterial contexts, we approach the unique parameters of each project with openness and curiosity. Through a highly collaborative and iterative process, we translate each project’s opportunities and constraints into clear design directions that are sensitive to client and contextual needs.

PILA is currently engaged in the transformation of a historic industrial complex into a cultural center in Vosges, France; the design and construction of a multi-story artist studio in Harlem, New York; a mixed use urban transformation with co-living residences on the Paris river bank;  and a private house in a beautiful mountainous landscape on the island of Antiparos in Greece.


Feasibility study
Architectural design
Interior design
Retail design
Installation design
Exhibition design


Oliaros Properties
REI Habitat
Icade Property Investment and Development
Communauté de communes du Pays de Bitche
Ghada Amer
Dimand SA
Prodea Investments



PILA is seeking motivated designers to join its Athens office. You will be working as a team member and be expected to create new ideas both in collaboration and independently within an international design-driven studio. You will design and produce drawings, convey architectural concepts, create renderings, build presentation and working models, coordinate with engineers and consultants, and collaborate closely with the Principal. 


  • Experience in all project phases preferred.
  • Maintain the ability to work flexibly in a demanding environment.
  • Strong communication skills, with regard to client presentations, meeting organization and preparation.
  • Experience in construction documentation and administration
  • Physical modelling skills required, including digital fabrication
  • Experience in internationally recognized offices is preferred
  • Flexible and proactive approach
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent skills with design and documentation software such as Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) AutoCAD, Rhino, Vray, Grasshopper are required


  • Master’s Degree in Architecture
  • 3+ years of experience in an architectural design office
  • Fluency in Greek and English 

Application process
Please email your application to: [email protected]
Please include “Architect Application” in  the subject line and your availability in the body of the email. Send a combined resume and portfolio 15 mb max.


PILA is seeking motivated and talented designers to join their Athens office for an internship position.


  • Strong portfolio demonstrating intelligent designs and strong graphic skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly, work independently as well as collaboratively with a team.
  • Proactive attitude with excellent problem-solving and presentation skills.
  • Excellent skills with design and documentation software such as Adobe
  • Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) AutoCAD, Rhino, Vray are required
  • Excellent physical model making skills


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in Architecture.

Application process

Please email your application to [email protected]
Include the title for the position you are applying for in the subject line and your availability in the body of the email. Send a combined resume and portfolio 10mb max.



Ilias Papageorgiou is a Greek architect and principal of PILA. He brings extensive experience from Europe and America, having led the design and realization of high profile cultural, commercial and residential projects around the world. Prior to founding PILA, Ilias was a partner at SO-IL in New York, collaborating with clients including MINI/BMW, Versace, Google, AirBnB, Frieze Art Fair, Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum in New York.

Ilias’s work has been internationally recognized, having been awarded as a Curbed Groundbreaker, Architects under 50, Domes International Review of Architecture Awards, and the Young Greek Architects Awards. His work has been widely published and exhibited in institutions such as the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York and the Benaki Museum in Athens.

Ilias was born in Athens, Greece and studied architecture at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, with a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. In addition to his practice, Ilias is a frequent lecturer and panelist at leading design institutions. Ilias is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, and has previously taught at Tulane University and University of Thessaly. He co- authored solid objectives: order, edge, aura, published by Lars Müller Publishers and was an Ideas City Fellow, a platform for urbanism organized by the New Museum.


Christina Papalexandri is an architect and principal of PILA. Christina brings a multidisciplinary approach into design, integrating architecture, environmental design, interiors, branding, and signage. 

Prior to PILA she worked for seven years at global design consultancy 2×4 Inc in New York. Her experience includes collaborations with a wide range of clients from the fields of culture, fashion, art and technology, such as Prada, Samsung, Tiffany & Co, Perez Art Museum Miami, The Broad Museum of Art, Arper, Design Within Reach, Huyndai, and Nike. 

Christina was born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.