Katerina Vassilakou was born in Athens in 1977. She graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2003, and she has been awarded a Master of Architecture in 2007 by the same institution. She has participated in seminars at the University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture and has offered an architectural placement at the “Faculte Polytechnique de Mons FPMS Belgium. She is a registered member of SADAS, an awarded member of the Technical Chamber of Athens TEE and a member of the Hellenic Institute of Architecture HELIARC.
Her professional experience includes her collaborations with noted architectural firms in Athens such as “Potiropoulos D+L” and “EATM – L Kalivitis and Associates” and architect Nikos Ktenas. In 2010, together with Angeliki Athanasiadou she has established her own practice under the letterhead AVW Architecture.
In her private practice AVW Architecture, she has acquired wide experience in architectural renovation and adaptive re-use projects, in tailor-design for exclusive interiors but also in large scale green field projects. She has designed a range of projects varied by scale, location, and character, addressing complex programmatic ventures with inventive insights, that has given her the reputation of a skilled designer.
Designing special items has also been included in her field of expertise. Through the years she has sustained successful collaborations with the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece, having in display her unique handcrafted designs and artifacts. She has also been involved in academia, as external invited crit and tutor in the School of Architecture in Crete and Athens.
Together with Angeliki Athanasiadou, she has been repeatedly awarded with distinctions (HELIARCH Architecural awards 2012 and Heliarch architectural Awards 2016, Interior Retail Awards, 6th and 7th Architectural Biennale, German Design Awards and Architizer A+ Awards – In collaboration with Potiropoulos and Partner, and others). They have also been awarded the 2nd annual prize for their Diploma Project by the Technical Chamber of Athens. Their projects have been exhibited in various group exhibitions (Riba Gallery, London, 2nd Biennial of Landscape Design, Barcelona, Byzantine Museum, Athens, Centre of Mediterranean Architecture, Crete, the Benaki Museum, the Michael Kakogiannis foundation etc.)