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We are DECA Architecture, an internationally recognized architecture practice that seeks insight within context to make buildings, landscapes and objects.

About

All sites have a spirit of place.
We invest ourselves to understand them.
Our designs are strategies that reveal their potential.

We seek to design immersive experiences.
Experiences that engage with human senses and emotions.
Experiences in dialogue with the spirit of each place.

We nurture circumstances that bring minds together.
Combining expertise that broadens our collective intelligence.
A knowledge-based process unique to each project.

We focus on craftsmanship, thinking with our hands.
We work with people that make wholesome things.
Making with artistry adds value beyond expectation.

Based in Athens, we have engaged in projects across Greece and Europe since 2001. Founded by Alexandros Vaitsos and Carlos Loperena, the DECA team is large enough to engage with projects of any size while maintaining a personalized approach.

People

Alexandros Vaitsos

Alexandros Vaitsos was born in 1971, in Lima, Peru. He has lived in Peru, France, England, Greece and the US. He studied at Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies) and he did his Masters of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught architectural design as a visiting professor at the University of Thessaly and was a teaching assistant at Berkeley. He founded DECA Architecture in 2001.

Carlos Loperena

Carlos Loperena was born in 1970, in Mexico City, Mexico. He has lived in Mexico, Japan, Italy, Greece and the US. He studied Industrial Design at the University of Kansas and did his Masters in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught architectural design as a visiting professor at the University of Thessaly as well as a teaching assistant at Berkeley. He founded DECA Architecture in 2001.

TEAM MEMBERS
Kyle Gudsell
Maria Doxa
Marina Stasinopoulou
Zeta Tzermou
Ifigenia Mari
Elena Zabeli
Maria Papafigou
Johan Annerhed
Katerina Chryssanthopoulou
Thomas Ragousis
Manos Matsis
Leonidas Economou
Natalia Kokosalaki
Jo Burtenshaw
Stefanos Nasopoulos
Roza Giannopoulou
Mina Colakis
Apostolos Nikolopoulos
Yannis Kitanis
Argyro Pouliovali
Myrsini Glinos
Alexandros Economou
Katerina Apostolou
Thalia Chroussos
Nikos Nikolis
Anna Kartasi
Dimitra Palaiologou
Tassos Govatsos
Spyros Boukas
Chryssanthi Asproulopoulou
Antonis Porias
Fotini Gouveli
Iakovina Kodeza
Arxontia Kyroudi
Maro Tsagka
Eydokia Tsouroula Zeza
Eleni Vagianou
Vasia Ioannidou
Katerina Vasileiou
Ismini Kafantari
Team Members
Eva Tsouni
Alison Katri
Aliki Samara
Maria Pappa
Dionysis Dikefalos
Vasilis Vasileiadis
Christina Vasilopoulou
Dimitris Tsilimparis
Katerina Chatzopoulou
Nana Vosdogani
Maria Paneta
Antonia Gerogianni
Kyle Gudsell
Maria Doxa
Marina Stasinopoulou
Zeta Tzermou
Ifigenia Mari
Elena Zabeli
Maria Papafigou
Johan Annerhed
Katerina Chryssanthopoulou
Thomas Ragousis
Manos Matsis
Leonidas Economou
Natalia Kokosalaki
Jo Burtenshaw
Stefanos Nasopoulos
Roza Giannopoulou
Mina Colakis
Apostolos Nikolopoulos
Yannis Kitanis
Argyro Pouliovali
Myrsini Glinos
Alexandros Economou
Katerina Apostolou
Thalia Chroussos
Nikos Nikolis
Anna Kartasi
Dimitra Palaiologou
Tassos Govatsos
Spyros Boukas
Chryssanthi Asproulopoulou
Antonis Porias
Fotini Gouveli
Iakovina Kodeza
Arxontia Kyroudi
Maro Tsagka
Eydokia Tsouroula Zeza
Eleni Vagianou
Vasia Ioannidou
Katerina Vasileiou
Ismini Kafantari

Awards

Year Award Honor Institution
TBA
AHEAD Awards
Shortlisted
Sleeper Magazine, UK
Shortlisted Sleeper Magazine, UK
2019
Dezeen Awards
Winner
Dezeen online architecture, interiors and design magazine, UK
Winner Dezeen online architecture, interiors and design magazine, UK
2019
Architizer A+Awards
Winner (Public Vote)
Architizer online database, US
Winner (Public Vote) Architizer online database, US
2019
Domés Awards
Commendation, Best Built Work 2014-2018
Domés International Review of Architecture, Greece
Commendation, Best Built Work 2014-2018 Domés International Review of Architecture, Greece
2019
BigSEE Awards
Winner
Centre for creative economy of Southeast Europe, Slovenia
Winner Centre for creative economy of Southeast Europe, Slovenia
2018
International Architecture Awards
Winner
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, US
Winner The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, US
2018
ABB LEAF Awards
Shortlisted
Leading European Architecture Forum, Germany
Shortlisted Leading European Architecture Forum, Germany
2018
Architizer A+Awards
Winner (Jury)
Architizer online database, US
Winner (Jury) Architizer online database, US
2018
Domés Awards
Winner (Public Vote)
Domés International Review of Architecture, Greece
Winner (Public Vote) Domés International Review of Architecture, Greece
2018
Domés Awards
Commendation, Best Built Work 2013-2017
Domés International Review of Architecture, Greece
Commendation, Best Built Work 2013-2017 Domés International Review of Architecture, Greece
2014
Architizer A+Awards
Winner (Public Vote)
Architizer online database, US
Winner (Public Vote) Architizer online database, US
2014
Architizer A+Awards
Winner (Jury)
Architizer online database, US
Winner (Jury) Architizer online database, US
2013
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Awards
Special Commendation
Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Greece
Special Commendation Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Greece
2012
World Architecture News Awards
Shortlisted
World Architecture News, UK
Shortlisted World Architecture News, UK
2010
Best House Awards
Commendation
Architectural Review Magazine, UK
Commendation Architectural Review Magazine, UK
2009
PiranesI Award
Winner
Piran Days of Architecture, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia
Winner Piran Days of Architecture, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia
2009
Emerging Architecture Awards
Winner
Architectural Review Magazine, UK
Winner Architectural Review Magazine, UK
2008
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Awards
Commendation
Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Greece
Commendation Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Greece
2008
Emerging Architecture Awards
Commendation
Architectural Review Magazine, UK
Commendation Architectural Review Magazine, UK
2004
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Awards
Commendation
Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Greece
Commendation Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Greece
2004
Emerging Architecture Awards
Commendation
Royal Institute of British Architects, Architectural Review Magazine, UK
Commendation Royal Institute of British Architects, Architectural Review Magazine, UK

Publications

Date Title Publisher Country
September 2019
Global Design & Urbanism XIX
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, US
Greece, US
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, US Greece, US
May 2019
IW Magazine
IW
Taiwan
IW Taiwan
February 2019
The World’s Best Architecture
Phaidon Editors, Architizer online database
US
Phaidon Editors, Architizer online database US
January 2019
Secret Mansion
MANSION
Taiwan
MANSION Taiwan
February 2019
Renovation-Renewal
Domes International Review of Architecture
Greece
Domes International Review of Architecture Greece
December 2018
Awards 2019
Domes International Review of Architecture
Greece
Domes International Review of Architecture Greece
October 2018
Azure
Azure Publishing
US
Azure Publishing US
October 2018
EKO KUĆA
EKO KUĆA
Belgrade
EKO KUĆA Belgrade
February 2018
LIVING ON WATER
Phaidon Editors
US
Phaidon Editors US
January 2018
Greek Architecture Yearbook 2018
Domes International Review of Architecture
Greece
Domes International Review of Architecture Greece
November 2016
ELEMENTAL LIVING
Phaidon Editors
US
Phaidon Editors US
June 2013
Natura
Derin Design
Turkey
Derin Design Turkey
May 2013
Flat Roofs and House Tops
Domes International Review of Architecture
Greece
Domes International Review of Architecture Greece
April 2013
AREA Architecture and Landscape
Italy
Italy
February 2013
a+a
Magazine
China
Magazine China
August 2012
MADE IN ATHENS, 13th Venice Architecture Biennale
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
Italy
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Italy
March 2012
"What's up? 15 Young European Architects"
LetteraVentidue
Italy
LetteraVentidue Italy
February 2012
C3 Magazine | Land in tune, Bargains to Valuables, Malik Architecture
C3 Publishing Co.
Korea
C3 Publishing Co. Korea
December 2011
100 CONTEMPORARY HOUSES
Tachen
Germany
Tachen Germany
February 2011
Hotels, Contemporary Architecture in Greece
KTIRIO, Greek Technical Editions
Greece
KTIRIO, Greek Technical Editions Greece
August 2010
The Architectural Review
EMAP PUBLISHING LIMITED
UK
EMAP PUBLISHING LIMITED UK
November 2010
Piranesi
Ustanova Fundacija Piranesi
Slovenia
Ustanova Fundacija Piranesi Slovenia
December 2010
80th Anniversary of L' Architetcure d' aujourd'hui
Archipress editions
France
Archipress editions France
December 2010
MARK, Another Architecture
Frame Publishers
the Netherlands
Frame Publishers the Netherlands
March 2007
1000x European Architecture
Editors of Verlagshaus-Braun
Germany
Editors of Verlagshaus-Braun Germany
October 2006
Casa Vogue
Condé Nast
Italy
Condé Nast Italy

Exhibitions

Year Title Institution Country
2019
The City & The World
The Chicago Athenaeum / The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies
Europe
The Chicago Athenaeum / The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies Europe
2019
10 Years of Domés Awards
Domés International Review of Architecture
Greece
Domés International Review of Architecture Greece
2013
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Awards 2013
Hellenic Institute of Architecture
Greece
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Greece
2012
Common Ground
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
Italy
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Italy
2012
Bedrooms
The Art Foundation
Greece
The Art Foundation Greece
2012
14F/21GR
Hellenic Institute of Architecture & French Institute of Greece
Greece
Hellenic Institute of Architecture & French Institute of Greece Greece
2011
Made in Greece
Boston Museum of Science
USA
Boston Museum of Science USA
2009
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Awards 2009
Hellenic Institute of Architecture
Greece
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Greece
2009
The residence in Greece: from the 20th to the 21st century
Hellenic Institute of Architecture
Greece
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Greece
2009
Piran Days of Architecture
Piran Gallery
Slovenia
Piran Gallery Slovenia
2006
The Dispersed Urbanity of the Aegean Archipelago
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
Italy
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Italy
2006
ON: the Modern & the Contemporary in European & Japanese Culture
Hellenic Culture Organization, Ministry of Culture
Japan, Greece
Hellenic Culture Organization, Ministry of Culture Japan, Greece
2005
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Awards 2005
Hellenic Institute of Architecture
Greece
Hellenic Institute of Architecture Greece
2004
The Emerging Architecture Awards
The Royal Institute of British Architects
UK
The Royal Institute of British Architects UK

Contact

20 Fokylidou Str. Athens, Greece, 106 73
general enquiries
mailbox@deca.gr
Applications should include a portfolio and a resume in .pdf format (no larger than 20 Mb)
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