Profile Elena Gianpapa is an architect engineer and urban designer, currently located in Athens, Greece. She is a licensed architect in the European Union, a member of the Greek Chamber of Engineers and an Associate of the American Institute of Architects. She holds a Post Professional Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (MSAUD) from Columbia University in New York, with a fellowship from the Gerondelis Foundation, based on academic and design excellence. She obtained her professional degree, a Diploma of Architecture Engineering, from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
Work Since 2015 she is based in Athens, Greece, working as a freelance architect and urban designer. She is a main collaborator of the Sustainable Mobility Unit of the National Technical University of Athens, doing research and working on coastal urban projects in Greece. The main focus of her practice is design that employs sustainable technics for the climate change, introduces coastal design for mitigation and destruction, and focuses on ecology and environmental protection in urban scale. She is a great believer in interdisciplinary collaborations that can enable innovative synthetic approaches of landscape, infrastructure and urban design. Teaching Elena has an ongoing international teaching experience, both in New York, USA and Athens, Greece. She was a regular visiting critic at the School of Architecture of Pratt Institute (NY, USA), in Advanced Design Studios “Common Ground” and “Amphibious Housing”, focusing on recovery, adaptation, mitigation and planning. She has also served as a guest reviewer at Columbia University, Pratt Institute and the School of Architecture of National Technical University of Athens.