- Bioclimatic Design
- Corporate Clients
The office was founded back in 1984 and hence offers a full range of architectural sercives including building design, interiors, and, lately, refurbishment of existing old & listed buildings, as well as energy saving design.
In collaboration with a large number of experts & consultants, we offer full packages of design services, such as structural, mechanical, acoustic, lighting, issue of building permits, full construction drawings, consulatncy in project tendering, implementation management and on-site supervision.
Regarding project presentation & promotion, we offer a wide range of services, ranging from still computer images, architectural models & presentaion brochures to digital animation clips & videos. Many of our projects have been published in various Greek & international books and magazines, such as “Themata Chorou & Technon”, “World of Buildings”, “Casas Mediterraneas”, “National Geographic”, “Living” etc.
Our aim & philosophy is high-level architecture and client-oriented design, with respect to the project budget.
Back in the late eighties, a little yellow book fell into my hands. It was dealing with the harmony between Nature and buildings, in other words dealing with ways and techniques to drop energy consumption and create pleasant and positive interior climatic conditions for the users.
Unfortunately, for some reason I don’t have that book any more, I cannot even recall the name of its American author (God bless him). While reading it and staring at its beautiful freehand sketches (one picture is worth a thousand words), I felt a brand new world had opened up for me, a world I decided to explore…
You know, there is something strange about us, architects; in order to design, we need hints and restrictions. And if those hints and restrictions are not enough, we just invent(!) new ones of our own. In fact, we look for “problems”, in order to understand them in the first place and, eventually, “solve” them.
Well, energy-saving (or bioclimatic) design has provided me with all those missing hints and restrictions. Sun, wind, light and shadow, microclimate, water, day and night, summer and winter, solid and void, I felt all those things somehow were of great importance, just like it used to be many-many years ago, but gradually fell into oblivion, as buildings tended to become more and more Mechanically Supported.
Hence, I have taken just a few steps forward, and I always feel I keep on learning. After all, this is a field, where you can learn from anyone and anything; a craftsman on site, a short comment by a passer-by, a book or even a movie…
I really hope that we end up one day and don’t talk about energy-saving design any more, for it will be an obvious and trivial value incorporated in every single building.
Thanos Ph. Yakas
Born in Athens, Greece.
Graduate of Athens German Highschool (Deutsche Schule Athen).Graduate of School of Architecure, University of Hannover, Germany (T.U. Hannover), as a scholar of the German Academic Exchange Organization (DAAD).
Military service in the Greek Navy, as a computer expert.
From 1978 to 1984 part- and full-time employment at various architectural practices as well as freelance occupation. Since 1984, private architectural practice with architect Voula Petropoulou. Specialized in energy efficient building design, he has attended various meetings & congresses on the above issue, inclu-ding the 2005 ASHRAE annual meeting in Athens, Greece.
Speaks English and German fluently, and a little Italian.
Voula Th. Petropoulou
Born in Athens, Greece.
Graduate of Athens “Arsakeion” Highschool. Graduate of School of Architecure, National Technical University of Athens (Ε.Μ.Π.). Msc Bartlet School of Architecture, University of London.
From 1981 to 1983 part- and full-time employment in various architectural practices. Since 1984 private architectural practice with architect Thanos Ph. Yakas.
Speaks English fluently, and a little German.
Born in Athens.
Graduate of Attica Metamorphosis Lyceum. Graduate of SELETE Design School. OEEK-cetified Degree of Interior Design. Specialises in 2d CAD, 3d rendering & photorealistic imaging, 3d animation and walk-through software.
From 1998 to 2004 employment in various architectural and design offices. Since 2004 active as freelance Interior Designer of residential and commercial spaces and landscaping projects. Since 2006 associate and head of interiors department at Th.Yakas – V.Petropoulou and associates.
Speaks English very well and a little French.
Born in Athens Greece.
Graduate of Athens American College. BA in Civil Engineering, University of London (UCL). Msc. City University, London.
Speaks English fluently, excellent French and Spanish..
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