Established in 2009, Kalliopi Vakras Architects is an emerging architecture practice based in Thornbury, Victoria.
KVA works directly with its clients to develop a brief which responds to the unique solutions that each individual project requires. Specific elements such as client needs, site context, historical and physical conditions of the site are explored in detaill prior to documentation and are executed through the construction phase with attention to detail, client involvement and with highest level of professionalism. The experience of the site and out clients' requirements drive a design process that creates solutions that are not only visual, but multi-sensory, a joy to interact with and are timeless .
Each design response pays particular attention to the detailing, use of materials, experiential qualities of the space and the utilisation of natural light in an attempt to create an enjoyable, useable, poetic and sustainable space.
KVA's works to date have included new single residences, substantial alterations and additions to residences, lower density multi-residential developments as well as hospitality and retail works in the Inner and outer areas of Melbourne.
KVA is headed up by Kalliopi Vakras. Kalliopi is a Registered A+ Architect in Victoria. Prior to establishing KVA, Kalliopi worked for various architectural firms in Melbourne as well as internationally with the firm Sputnic in Vienna.
With over 14 years experience local and internationally in the architecture field, her background lies in residential alterations and additions as well as heritage, community and other small scale projects.
She assisted in founding one of the early pro bono architectural services in Victoria, to provide connections between non-profit community groups who require design services but could not afford an architect and architects who were able to provide pro bono services.
She also taught various 2nd and 3rd year interior design studios and construction technology subjects at the School of Design, Swinburne University for 7 years.
Project Manager & Business Development Manager
Adam has multiple roles with KVA as its Business Development Manager, assisting with design detailing and constructability and provides the odd set of 3D renderings and visualisations. Adam has many years experience in the commercial construction environment as a Project Manager & Contracts Administrator in the apartment, retail, hospitality and institutional construction spaces. He provides insight into practical construction design into KVA projects.
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