Our executive team consists of principals (all chartered architects and engineers) with extensive experience in the private and public sector, in Europe and the Middle East, in all types of projects from small-scale summer houses to large-scale infrastructure projects. With successful careers in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Greece and Jordan, our people have a familiarity with the intricacies of varied and complex local legislation frameworks, banking, planning and building procedures that can facilitate greatly the experience of overseas investment. With a proven track-record in delivering strategic, design and operational leadership to achieve client goals, our senior team has been involved, since 2001 and up to January 2016, in projects with development budgets of over 550 million euros, while the asset value and project budgets of current projects (since January 2016) exceed 90 million euros combined.
Our firm was founded in 2012 (evolving from our previous set-up, active since 1999) in order to enable us to seek larger corporate commissions in the UK, by founder and managing director Nick Sarris. Nick (Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architectural Engineering 1996, Master of Science Environmental Design and Engineering 1997, Master of Science Advanced Architectural Studies 1998, Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Architecture 1999) studied in 3 different British universities, including the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is a chartered architect of both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Greek Technical Chamber (TEE) and his work has been published in refereed and trade journals and presented in international conferences. He founded our firm after a successful career as a junior, senior and project architect and later project manager in the property development industry and has extensive experience in the prime and super-prime residential sector in the UK and Greece as well as in medium commercial developments in Greece.
Our firm maintains professionalism and calmness under all circumstances and as a R.I.B.A.- associated practice, we have pledged to abide by the Royal Institute’s Code of Conduct concerning integrity, competence and our relationships with other parties.
Our firm has an office in London, UK and is currently expanding to Athens, Greece, to deal with the increasing amount of commissions we have received from the tourist and hospitality sector for projects in the country, since 2012. The London office staff employs currently 6 professionals, 4 of which are chartered architects and 2 are interns. As of August 2016, the Athens office will employ 6 more staff, 4 of which are chartered architects. The firm uses fully-licensed BIM software and top-range computing and printing equipment. We can also produce high-end physical 3d models for customer presentations, via use of 3d-printing or conventional model making methods.
We are currently involved in large-scale investments in the greater London area, Athens, Mykonos, Astypalaia, the Sporades islands, Crete, the Peloponnese, Pelion and around the Attica area. We have created a network of local partners that have allowed us to carry out complex large-scale design work in full compliance with national and local by-laws, as well as under extremely austere legislation regulating listed buildings and conservation areas, both in the UK and Greece, a niche area of the industry where we can boast of extensive experience and contacts.
The firm has also been employed in the past in the role of “local architect”, for a large-scale regeneration project in Athens that involved collaboration with various well-known and avant-garde architectural practices from all over the world (Ireland, UK, Japan, US, Denmark), where we were asked to provide standardization and interpretation of the Greek building codes, hands-on supervision of the design process from these invited practices, facilitation of their interaction with the local planning authorities and adaptation of schemes of various stages to deliverables under strict specifications to the developer.