AKA – Apostolou Colakis architects – is a multidisciplinary design studio present in Athens, Greece and Washington DC, that works across the fields of architecture, interior, exhibition and furniture design.

We enjoy working as artisans on projects of varying scales and types, and are interested in creating new forms as well as activating the latent potential of existing structures and situations.

We offer thoughtful, personalized total design with distinctive pure lines and a liberal understanding of space that thrives on local characteristics and is enriched through the architectural principles of morphological clarity, functionality, sensitivity to materials, and craftsmanship.

We are particularly inspired by the urban fabric and styles of the early 20th century, which we regard as points of departure for innovative and imaginative solutions.

We experiment in the design and fabrication of objects – anything that adds usability, beauty and elegance to our everyday lives. Bespoke items, from doorknobs and banisters to coffee tables and lighting fixtures, are included in each architectural project to create a holistic, unique experience.

We aim to create fresh, future classics that are contemporary yet timeless.

Partners

Katerina Apostolou studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and urban design at UP6 Paris-La Villette. She worked as a project and design manager in Athens for ELLAKTOR S.A on prestigious commercial and hospitality projects such as the Athens Hilton, Navarino Dunes and Athens International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos'. As a freelance architect she undertook numerous private and commercial projects. Katerina is an active member of several non-profit committees dedicated to the improvement of the urban quality of life through the rejuvenation and preservation of the Athenian cityscape.

Minna Colakis lives between Washington, DC and Athens, Greece. She holds a MArch from the Yale School of Architecture, a MSt in the History of Design from Oxford University, and a BA in Art History and Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. Minna worked as project architect and manager on high end residential and hospitality projects at Rafael Viñoly Architects and Cicognani-Kalla Architects in New York, Foster + Partners in London and decaARCHITECTURE in Athens. Her written and built work reflect her interest in adaptive reuse, national and individual identity, customization and local craftsmanship.

Team

Virna Koutla studied architecture at NTUA (GR) and holds a MA from the Royal College of Art (UK). In 2016 she joined UAL's research group 'Informed Matters' and in 2018 she worked as a visiting lecturer at the RCA where she focused on the materiality and performativity of spaces. Virna worked as a designer and artist in London and Lisbon before joining the studio in Athens.

Contact

mail@ak-a.gr

15, Stisichorou Str, 106 74 Athens

+30 210 7228 318
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Press

EK – September 2020

ΑΚΑ portrait

Build – July 2020

Omirou Law firm offices

EK – June 2016

Kapsali Law firm offices

EK – May 2015

Kapsali Law firm offices

EK – October 2017

Ivis Summer Apartment

KTIRIO – January 2018

Ivis Summer Apartment

EK – October 2014

48 Urban Garden

Archisearch – September 2019

Picasso and Antiquity: Line and Clay

Andro – July 2020

Omirou Law firm offices

The Greek Foundation – July 2020

Omirou Law firm offices

Andro – July 2014

48 Urban Garden

Moco Loco – July 2017

Ivis Summer Apartment

Popaganda – September 2020

Ivis Summer Apartment

Archisearch – July 2020

Omirou Law firm offices

Archisearch – October 2017

Ivis Summer Apartment

Divisare – July 2017

Ivis Summer Apartment

Awards

'Lollo's Atene' longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2020 in the Restaurant Interiors category

'Picasso and Antiquity: Line and Clay' exhibition announced winner of the International Audience Award 2020

'Lollo's Atene' shortlisted for the Domes Awards 2019 in the Renovation on existing structure category

'48 Urban Garden' shortlisted for the R&B Design Awards 2015 in the Surface Interiors category