Α31 gets established in 2003, when Praxitelis Kondylis, a young architect with rich academic qualifications and experience in architectural firms abroad, decides to create his own practice back in Athens.
Soon enough, A31 architecture undertakes design and construction projects, industrial design builidings, as well as interior design ventures starting with Athens and expanding its work elsewhere in Greece and Cyprus. In 2007, the organogram of the firm gets enriched with the addition of Panagiotis Karras, Civil Engineer, which leads to the formation of Α31 ARCHITECTURE CONSTRUCTION, which completes the form of the practice and the services it provides.
Quite soon, A31 becomes a creative transdisciplinary group of architects, designers and engineers. Focusing on functionality and soundness of engineering, A31 still creates spaces which are characterised by clean-cut layout and honest construction, tailored to the needs of people as well as the land and the setting concerned.
Its work has received several awards and distinctions in international competitions, while it has also been exhibited in museums and public spaces in Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Bilbao, Nicosia and Piran. Articles and work of A31 has been published both in Greek and international press.
Praxitelis Kondylis | Founder, Principal Architect and Designer
Praxitelis Kondylis was born in Athens. He graduated from the Technical University of Budapest School of Architecture (BME) obtaining a Master’s of Science degree in Architecture and Architectural Engineering. He further advanced his academic background at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), where he obtained Master’s of Architecture degree in Interior Design, whereas he fulfilled his pursuit of scientific knowledge by attending a Doctoral Programme in the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB). There, he was involved in the research programme "El sentido de la Arquitectura Moderna", held at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) by Helio Piñón (Professor and collaborator of Enric Miralles). Having completed his academic journey, he collaborated with architectural firms in Barcelona whereas in 2003 the time was right for him to establish his own architectural studio, A31 architecture, in central Athens. He has participated in various international architectural competitions, receiving several prizes and awards. He has been a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) since 2000 and the Cyprus Scientific Technical Chamber (ETEK) since 2006. Various projects and articles of his have been published both in the Greek and International press.
Panagiotis Karras | Founding member, Civil Engineer and Construction Manager
Panagiotis Karras was born in Athens. He is a graduate of the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest. Quite soon he started working with construction companies, both in designing and erecting industrial steel structure buildings as well as in significant building projects. Having worked next to notable engineers, he has also acquired experience in constructing large scale buildings for the public sector. He has participated in the “Municipal buildings energy efficiency” program of the Local Union of Municipalities and Town Councils of Attica (TEDKNA). He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).
Iro Papadopoulou | Associate Architect since 2010
Iro Papadopoulou was born in Athens. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She collaborated with architectural firms in Athens and developed her activities as a freelance Architect-Designer. She participated as a member of the Team at the design of hotel projects, office buildings and residential complexes. She is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).
Maria Papacharisi | Associate Architect since 2016
Maria Papacharisi was born in Trikala. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She collaborated with architectural firms in Athens, Vienna and Berlin while at the same time she follows a second career as a freelance jewelry designer. She is a member of the designing team and has participated in hotel projects, office buildings and residential complexes. She is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).
Argyro Theodorakatou | Associate Structural Engineer since 2009
Argyro Thedorakatou was born in Athens. She studied Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She extended her studies by majoring in the field of Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Reinforcement & Upgrading of Structures at ROSE School, which is part of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Pavia (Italy). She has supervised and carried out the design of a number of concrete, as well as steel and masonry buildings. She is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).
Ilias Kosmatopoulos | Associate Mechanical Engineer since 2013
Ilias Kosmatopoulos was born in Athens. He is a graduate of the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Faculty of the University of Patras. He extended his studies by acquiring a Masters Degree at Imperial College of London in the field of Structural Steel Design. He is a Senior Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a 10-year industry experience in the fields of MEP Design, HVAC Design, Electrical Systems Design, Fire Protection Design and Energy Performance/Efficiency Design. He has participated in numerous complex engineering projects involved in the Analysis & Design (hotels, schools, office buildings, commercial buildings, etc) , as well as in the supervision of structures during from the preliminary, final detailed design and construction phase. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) as well as an Associate Member of ASHRAE.