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Elina Loukou

MA work

What if Design Started Through Re-appropriation?

“Cities and territories are here, and it is possible to understand them. Nothing else is needed. Just pay attention; just trust silence and immobility. In the end to design is to define contexts, to re-shape what is already there, to formalize the given. No concepts are needed, and neither are messages or literature.”

- Editorial, San Rocco  4, FUCK CONCEPTS! CONTEXT!, Summer 2012, p. 5.

Like cities, interior spaces are environments that are complex and have memories, contradictions, surprises and subconscious conditions. Like cities, existing interior spaces can learn from their history and how they have been used to provide us with clues as to how they might be adapted and improved. As with the city it may be better to acknowledge that which exists rather than endlessly starting afresh with a blank page.

How could we start the process of design if we rejected ‘the concept’ and instead explored the everyday existence of interior spaces, ensuring they are not taken for granted? How could we start the process of design by redefining the obvious and respecting the memories of a space – a process that might reveal the hidden possibilities of the existing, taking what might be seen as wasted, mundane or misused and giving it new purpose.

This approach might manifest itself in the form of small-scale interventions that can have an impact on large-scale spaces. These interventions can be read as spatial observations that comment on the existing interior conditions and can be driven by a re-appropriation of the found building fabric, elements housed within the space and the traces of human activities.


  • Portrait
  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Interior Design, 2014

  • Practising architecture for the last seven years, I have been working on a variety of projects within different practices and also solely on a few selected designs for residential, retail and art commissions. I have been involved in several projects related to the arts, mainly set designs for theatre and cinema, installations and performances. My main interest lies in the area where architecture and art are merging, collaborating and borrowing from each other.

  • Degrees

  • Degree in Architecture (Equivalent of RIBA Part I&II), National and Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners, London; Associate architect, Flux-Office Architects, Athens; Assistant set designer, Eva Manidaki - Set Designer, National Theatre of Greece, Athens; Performer, BLITZ theater group, Athens; Associate architect, A Whale's Architects, Athens
  • Exhibitions

  • Municipality of Athens, Fashion Week, Zappeion Megaron Hall, Athens, 2006; Architecture and the City in South East Europe, Thessaloniki Biennale, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012; Waiting Room, performance for the opening of the exhibition 'Architecture and the City in South East Europe', Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2012
  • Awards

  • First Prize, Design and Construction of 'DX BAR', May Design series, 2013; Second Prize, Save the Children, Mary's Living and Giving Charity Shop Competition, 2013; Second Commendation for the Architectural Competition, D. Aeropagitou, Athens, 2008,
  • Conferences

  • 'Iannis Xenakis' Vacation House in Amorgos', Volos University of Thessaly School of Architecture, 2006
  • Publications

  • DO.CO.MO.MO, Archiving of Iannis Xenakis' Vacation House in Amorgos, Barcelona, Spain, Collaboration with Panayiotis Tournikiotis, 2007