Diploma in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) 1947 - 1952
Centre National des Ateliers Éducatifs: Design Seminars 1954
Sorbonne University: Aesthetics and Art History Courses 1954
French Government Fellowship for a six-month seminar of ASTEF 1967
Ph.D. in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) 1978
Large Architectural and Urban Planning Firms, Greece and France 1952 - 1959
Technical Department - National Bank of Greece 1960 - 1967
Faculty member at the NTUA School of Architecture 1960 - 1978
First female Professor at the NTUA School of Architecture 1981 - 1984
Freelance Achitect 1968 - 1988
Publications - Lectures - Radio broadcasts on Architecture 1988 - 1999
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Anastasia (Soula) Tzakou was distinguished for her appreciable and multifaceted activity as a professional architect, an interior designer and an academic teacher. She belonged to the pioneers of the architectural “spring” of the ’60s, thanks to the laconic style and human-centred rationalism of her work. Although Tzakou was the first woman to become a full professor of architecture in Greece (1981), she would resign three years later because of difficulties in performing her duties –teaching and administrative– caused by the large increase in the number of students and the implementation of the 1982 Framework Law of Higher Education.
Born in 1928 in Thesprotiko –a village in the Preveza regional unit of Epirus–, she completed her secondary studies at the High School of Kallithea and studied at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University in Athens (1947-1952). As a final year student she excelled in the international student competition launched by the École des Beaux-Arts and was awarded a scholarship for a month in Paris. After graduation, she worked for a year and a half in the private office of her professor Dimitris Pikionis. On the recommendation of Pikionis, she was awarded a scholarship for further training in Paris. From 1954-1956, in addition to attending seminars in applied arts and art history, she worked in the offices of distinguished French architects, gaining experience in the field of museums. Her tenure at the Doxiadis Office (1957-1959) gives her the opportunity to deal systematically with large-scale architectural issues and housing.
In 1960 she started working at the Architectural Department of the National Bank of Greece (NBG). During her seven years employment at NBG she designed some of the most important buildings of her career: the tourist facilities of “Astir” in Mikro Kavouri – Vouliagmeni (1960-1961) and the NBG branches of Patras (1964), Livadia (1963) etc. As a freelancer Tzakou was mainly engaged in the fields of single family houses and interior design.Of particular interest are the detached houses of M. Theocharopoulos in Kifissia (1969) and M. Kalpouzou in Ekali (1970), the residential complex of P. Goritsa in Filothei (1972) and her vacation home on the island of Sifnos.
From 1960 to 1984 she taught at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University Athens, first as an assistant professor and later as a professor of the central chair of Building and Architectural Compositions. During her academic term, she was involved in research, publishing articles and preparing her PhD thesis on the traditional architecture of Sifnos. In addition to the treatise Central Settlements of Sifnos (1976), Anastasia Tzakou published three short books: the poetry collection Άσπρο–Μαύρο (White– Black, 1986);a selection of her own furniture(1999); and the photo album Triptych: People, land, works (2002). Her books are valuable aids for those interested in delving into the laconic architecture of the ’60s generation. Their modest style expresses a basic virtue of this generation: its ability to say a lot in a nutshell.
Anastasia Tzakou passed away in 2015, at the age of 86.