Diploma in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) 1965 - 1969
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban & Spatial Planning –DEA– from the Université-Paris Val de Marne/Institut d’ Urbanisme de Paris 1973 - 1975
Public Sector - Ministry of Public Works - (Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning & Public Works) 1969 - 2005
Head of Environment Sector of the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU (Brussels) 1996 - 2001
Voluntary participation in private bodies , companies and nonprofit organizations related to Environment and Culture 2005 - 2021
CONCISE CURRICULUM VITAE
I was born in Athens in 1946. I grew up in Kallithea in a neighborhood of refugee homes, now lost in the vortex of time changes. I “tasted” the basic education in local public schools. Demonstration, sophistication, hypocrisy had no place in everyday life, something I later realized when the natural environment and human relationships began to change. My working parents instilled in me, by their example, values that enrich my world: to stand out and respect human virtues, to love whatever job I choose, to open myself to the world of knowledge and truth, to learn from the “educated“. I owe them a lot. They led me on the path of a wider education: music, poetry, literature, Greek language. I do not know why I chose architecture. It was the magic of the word, the unspoken desire to consciously feel what I first heard as a child from my father: “architecture is frozen music“.
As a Graduate of the School of Architecture of the NTUA (1965-1969) I immediately started working in the Urban Planning Office of Halkida, at the then Ministry of Public Works. My dream was the knowledge of the organization of the space beyond the Greek borders and the post-education, which the family income did not allow, in matters of spatial planning. It was the branch that expressed my innermost desires. As a child and teenager, I was troubled by the mutations of a place where orchards, the sky and the sea were lost, while the quality of life was declining, despite improved incomes and amenities. Architecture offered me a wide range of knowledge. The truth has matured in my world that the city, with all its elements, is organized for the common good and that the design must overcome technical, social, economic, environmental issues. In 1973, working in the public sector, I received a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation for Postgraduate Studies in Urban Planning –DEA– in Paris, Université Paris Val de Marne / Institut d’ Urbanisme de Paris (1973-1975).
The course of work in the Public Sector was long (35 years) with changes of object and positions, always around aspects of the space. Road plans, building conditions, GIS, Urban Studies, outdoor space management (ZOE, EXM, EPM), configurations of public (common) spaces, protection of traditional settlements and buildings, management of a community initiative for urban centers, etc. In the period 1996-2001 I was seconded to Brussels to the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU, responsible for the field of Environment (group of the Council of the Ministry of Environment). Indicatively from my work in the Public Sector I will mention issues that I dealt with: Law 960/79 and the relevant Presidential Decrees for the provision of parking spaces in the newly constructed buildings, the program for the creation of Playgrounds and Pedestrian Roads, the proclamation of the Historic Center of Athens building conditions and restrictions (including the Commercial Triangle, Plaka, Psyrri), the interventions in Plaka and the study of the relevant Presidential Decree, the first Presidential Decree of land uses of 1987, the EPA Program, special conditions and building restrictions in the protected area of Messinian Mani, special arrangements for the expansion of the Historic Building of the Benaki Museum and the addition of the Gaia Center to the Goulandris Museum of Natural History. There was for all the will and vigilance of the Political Leadership, cooperation and mutual interest with supervisors and capable associates of the Department.
The Brussels period was particularly arduous and productive. I felt honored to work for the Environment. Hard schedule, predetermined organization chart, agenda, schedule, and work that lead to a result and fascinated me. My goal was to understand, to respect the positions of the representatives of the Member States, to support the Greek positions with rational and scientific arguments. My collaborators were executives of the competent Environmental Services of the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, but also Professors – specialist scientists – whenever needed. Indicatively I will refer to my subjects: Directives 2000/60/EC Framework for Action for Water, 1998/83/EC Drinking Water Quality, 2000/76/EC Waste Incineration, 2001/18/EC Genetically Modified Organisms, 2001/42/EC Environmental Impact Assessment of Plans and Programs. And of course, tackling climate change with the “Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol”.
I consider working in Paris, in parallel with my studies, important for my professional training. I was fortunate enough to work in the afternoons at the Organization in charge of the new Evry city that was under construction (on the outskirts of Paris). The organizational structure, the institutional tools, the financial and time planning opened horizons beneficial to my subsequent course.
I resigned from the public service in 2005. Retired since then I continue to work voluntarily in SEPOCH, in the Hellenic Society of Environment and Culture, in the Urban Non-Profit Company “Law & Nature”, in the Association “Diazoma”-Citizens for the Ancient Theaters.
I represented Greece in International Organizations and Conferences with similar presentations on the subject, both as an employee in the public sector and later at the invitation of the organizers, something that still continues. My articles are published mainly in technical journals and on the “Law & Nature” website.
I note that the purpose of my CV is not just to record personal accomplishments. I consider it a moral duty to talk about personalities who honored the country with their work, acted in my psyche as role models, taught me, supported me, in what I achieved. At the same time to share experiences, concerns, frustrations and hopes for the development of Spatial Planning in Greece, but also for International events.