Despina Vapheas

Despina Vapheas

New York, NY, US



Despina is a recent graduate of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. She is currently looking for full-time employment as an architect/designer. 


PGAL, Hoboken, NJ, US, Architectural Intern

Worked to redesign the EWR Terminal A security checkpoint with 4 construction phases
Worked with United Airlines to redesign the Global Services brand and created spaces for high profile flyers, renderings, plans, sections, elevations, and design through 3D modeling and sketching
Proposed an original adaptive reuse project for EWR, presented to the Port Authority of NY&NJ

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, Long Island City, NY, US, Architectural Installation Intern

Part of the design installation team for the YAP for MoMA PS1. Worked with MoMA and Escobedo Soliz Studio to create courtyard installation.
Filmed and edited official video

May 2016 - Jun 2016

ThomsonAdsett, Brisbane, AU, Architectural Intern

Worked with the education team to produce drawings and designs for various clients
Created renderings for clients, schematic design drawings, detailed sections and plans
Produced finishing schedules, and created mood boards for preliminary design
Participated in multiple projects through designing, sketching, and 3D modeling

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, Dean’s List

Aug 2013 - May 2018

Syracuse University Abroad, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Architecture Abroad Program

Touring buildings by Le Corbusier and Rem Koolhaas, to study the similarities of formal properties, material, context, and narrative through analytical analogue drawings and field analysis.

May 2017 - Jul 2017

Holmdel High School, Holmdel, NJ, US, High School, High School

National Art Honors Society
National Honors of Excellence

Aug 2008 - Jun 2013

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Summer Architecture Program

Intense program consisting of three projects to learn conceptual design, 3D digital modeling, presentation skills, and a site visit to One World Trade with SOM

Jul 2012 - Jul 2012


Captain of Syracuse University Gymnastics Team (2 Years), Other

Leader of women’s competitive gymnastics team, practice captain/coach and treasurer
Planned national/local competitions, head of fundraising, graphic design and social media.


Annual Young Musicians Award (Classical Piano), Award

Competed in a Piano Competition and played in Carnegie Hall, NY.


Areas of Specialization