Ilias Papageorgiou is an architect and founder 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 a visiting professor at the University of Patras and previously he was 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 Muller and was an Ideas City Fellow, a platform for urbanism organized by the New Museum.
Ilias is a member of the board of directors at the Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Harvard Club of Greece.
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 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.
Silena, overseeing diverse projects at PILA, actively contributes to studio management. As a project leader, she guided the success of key endeavors like the Piraeus Tower and Voula waterfront transformation.
A graduate of the National Technical University of Athens and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, Silena also serves as an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
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Aris, with over two decades of extensive architectural experience in the UK and Greece, brings a wealth of expertise to PILA. His diverse background encompasses successful project management and design across hospitality, commerce, culture, and urban planning.
Aris holds a Master’s in Sustainable Design from Hellenic Open University, completed Architecture RIBA Part II at Westminster University in London, earned a BA in Architecture RIBA Part I at John Moores University in Liverpool, and studied Interior Design at AKTO art & design in Athens, Greece.
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Konstantinos, with over 16 years of experience, contributes his expertise to PILA, managing technical and building code aspects in various projects.
He earned his degree in architecture from Liverpool John Moores University and has been a member of the Technical Chamber in Greece since 2008, also holding a certified energy inspector designation since 2014.
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Alexandra leads projects of various scales at PILA from residential to a large scale renovation of a historic urban block in downtown Athens.Prior to joining PILA she gained professional experience from working for practices such as Gustafson Porter + Bowman and Grimshaw Architects in the UK and Tacet Creations in NY.
She studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
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Iztok studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. As a registered architect at ARB in the UK and ZAPS in Slovenia, he brings diverse expertise to PILA, contributing to its innovative design endeavors.
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Konstantinos is one of the first members of the studio, having contributed to a wide variety of projects such as the Piraeus Tower, the Metaphor Hub, and houses currently under construction and much more.
He studied architecture at National Technical University of Athens where he also frequently serves as a teaching assistant to design courses focusing on housing and public space.
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Nikolina has extensive experience in architectural design, as well as urban and building regulations and permitting working at various offices in Greece, as well as an independent professional.
She studied architecture at the University of Patras, where she also recently graduated from the Mediterranean Futures Master in Architecture and Urban Design program.
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Irena Galanos, a Melbourne-trained architect, showcases her expertise as a diligent practitioner. Her Master of Architecture from Monash University, under the Dean’s Scholarship, reflects her commitment to architectural excellence.
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Meropi is currently involved in the concept design of various projects at PILA. Prior to joining the studio she gained experience at large firms in Copenhagen.
She studied architecture at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.
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Vasiliki contributes her expertise in 3D modeling and sustainable practices to the concept design of diverse projects at PILA. A recent Master’s graduate in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, her commitment to innovation and sustainability aligns seamlessly with PILA’s forward-thinking approach.
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Angelos holds a Master’s in Architecture with distinction from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He served as a military engineer, received the Young Talent Architecture Award, and excelled in design competitions.
His diverse experiences showcase a commitment to architectural excellence, innovation, and creative design solutions.
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Georgia, with experience in diverse European projects, brings a creative edge and dedication to excellence to our team. Her architectural passion, honed at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, shines through her work and commitment to growth. Proficient in 2D-3D modeling, her skills promise valuable contributions to our projects.
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LUCY A. ELLIOTT
Lucy has a diverse professional background with a focus on teamwork and leadership. She has many years of experience as an entrepreneur, in business management, customer service and lately in content curation.
She is dedicated to fostering collaboration and enjoys working with teams to achieve common objectives, striving for growth and continuous improvement with the ultimate goal of being the best we can be.
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