Sakellaridou Irena

Dipl. Arch. AUTh., M.Arch UBC, Ph.D UCL, Professor AUTh


Rena Sakellaridou studied architecture in Thessaloniki, (Dipl. Arch AUTh), Vancouver (MArch UBC, UBC Fellowship, W.Gerson Prize) and London (PH. D Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning UCL, supervisor Bill Hillier, Greek State Scholarship). She focused on meaning (MArch), the logic of architectural composition and the architectural idiom (Ph. D). She is Professor of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture AUTh. She practices architecture with emphasis on large scale complex projects, writes about architectural composition, studies creativity and teaches design.

She has more than 80 publications in scientific periodicals and conference proceedings. Major publication: Sakellaridou, I. (2011) “Searching for order: Synchronic and Diachronic Aspects (of a personal case)”, The Journal of Space Syntax, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 154-179. Her books: Mario Botta. Architectural Poetics, Thames and Hudson, London (2001 english) / Rizzoli (2000 italian). Sea Voyage. Photography Erieta Attali, Hatje Cantz, Berlin (2019).

Rena is founding partner of SPARCH (  Major buildings: Extension of AUTh Library, Megaron Karatza, National Insurance Company Headquarters, NBG New Buildings, Astir Palace Gate and Canopy.

Now she is leading her independent practice RS SPARCH (, an award-winning architectural office based in Athens. She has recently completed Angelicoussis Group Headquarters (Agemar) in Athens.



One of the most highly acclaimed architectural offices in Greece, SPARCH and RS SPARCH have received international recognition and are extensively published. Their work has been exhibited in 37 exhibitions, (Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, DAM Frankfurt, NAi Rotterdam, RIBA London, as well as in Paris, Montreal, Tokyo, Barcelona and Moscow among others).

Awarded more than 20 international and national design awards. Among them: WAF 2019 (shortlisted), AR MIPIM Future Project Awards 2017 (commendation), WAF 2008 High Commendation, Hellenic Institute of Architecture (2000 Award, 2008 and 2013 Special Mentions), Aris Konstantinidis 2005 Award, three German Design Council Iconic Building Awards (2013, 2019), Domes 2017 (Hon. Mention) and 2019 “Best Project” Award, Mies van der Rohe Award (nominated 2003, 2009, 2019) arcVision Prize for Women in Architecture 2016 (nominated).



Subject Areas:
Architectural design: theory and practice. Analysis of architectural composition. Architectural design (large scale, complex buildings). Contemporary architectural theory. She teaches design studio and theory of architecture.


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