Kaap Studio Architects

In Profile: Aphrodite Kavallieraki, kaap studio architects

kaap studio architects have been shortlisted for Residential Architectural Property Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020. Read more about Founder, Aphrodite Kavallieraki, below:

Name: Aphrodite Kavallierakikaap studio architects

Company: kaap studio architects

Position within company: Founder and Studio Lead

Website: www.kaapstudio.com

Tell us a little about your background in design:
Following my graduation from the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture , I have worked in London since 2000.

As Associate Partner at Foster + Partners for more than 8 years, I was project lead for a number of high profile projects including the Grade II listed Apple Store on Regents Street, London. I contributed to numerous innovation initiatives for the Apple stores all over the world including bespoke interior and furniture design.

How would you describe your personal design style?
I do not subscribe to a particular style. Each project is the unique response to its site, context restraints and user needs and it is the result of a collaborative process and exchange of ideas.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
My design inspiration is the direct product of my experiences and passions combined with my architectural training and social influences. Being connected to the wider world feeds my artistic imagination and design inspiration.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design is moving fast towards responding to growing environmental issues and maximising energy efficiency.

Moreover, the awareness that flexibility and adapting to new circumstances that are not yet known is a key consideration.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.

  • Reformation and rehabilitation of existing buildings
  • Open plan and multipurpose spaces to suit users’ needs
  • Connection to the outdoors and wellbeing
  • Sustainable design and move towards passive home standards as a way of life
  • Intuitive architecture

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
My best advice would be not to feel restricted by what you think is possible and always try to question and challenge the perceived boundaries of design and construction.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
Clapham House being shortlisted for The International Design & Architecture Awards is a fantastic honour for the practice and an outstanding public recognition of our work and the team’s effort not only within the UK but also internationally.

To win such a prestigious award would be an incredible achievement and would accelerate our efforts for future projects.

What projects are you currently working on?
 A variety of exciting residential projects in the UK

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To continue designing inspired and inspiring spaces

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
I value the ability to create meaningful human relationships more that any possession

Your favourite holiday destination?

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
I enjoy hotel bars for their vibe and special character

Your favourite book, film & song?
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Your favourite food and drink?
Any type of food and drink enjoyed with good company

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Relaxing at home with friends and family

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Possibly a mathematician

kaap studio architects have been shortlisted for Residential Architectural Property Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020.

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