Elena Kapompasopoulou

Elena Kapompasopoulou

Brooklyn, NY, US



Elena Kapompasopoulou currently, works as an Architectural Intern for the “Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation”, on Frank Gehry’s “Abu Dhabi Project”. In this position, she collaborates with both architects and curators to develop series of analytical tools to convey the unique architectural spaces to the curatorial team, to assist them in developing well informed proposals for potential art placement and exhibition design for the future museum. In addition to the internship, she is also a part-time researcher for Michael Sorkin’s “Terreform Inc”. She is a recent graduate with honors from the Architecture & Urban Design Program at Columbia University, and she is a licensed architect in the E.U since 2009. 

Having previously worked in architectural offices in Greece, the Netherlands and in China, she has worked in big scale projects, as well as small local projects and she is familiar with the rhythm and needs of working as part of a design team. Through her professional and academic experience she learned to independently assess own projects. Some of the projects have been awarded, amongst others with the “Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize” or have won sponsorship e.g. “Sustainable Summer Sponsorship” by the Columbia University.


Cement Chemistry, New York, NY, US, Founder, Creative Designer

May 2014 - current

Cooper Robertson, New York, NY, US, Architectural & Urban Designer

Nov 2012 - current

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Abu Dhabi Project, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Jan 2012 - Jul 2012

Terreform Inc., New York, NY, US, Researcher, Designer

Nov 2011 - May 2012

Urban Design Lab at The Earth Institute, New York, NY, US, Graphic Design Assistant

Assisted on the graphic design of the Masterplan of Gulin, Sichuan Province, China

Oct 2011 - Jan 2012

URBANUS 都市实践, Researcher

research analysis & documentation of different urban conditions in Shenzhen, from open parks and Private Owned Public Spaces [POPS] to dense urban villages

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

UArchitects, Internship

Piraeus Tower Competition 2010 _ A' Mention & Publication
[research, analysis, drawings, renderings, physical models]

Feb 2010 - Apr 2010

University of Patras, Member of the research team for the Investigation of the Historical Technical Infrastructure of the Greek City

Research Assistant (06.2008 – 03.2009) and member of the Research Team (04.2009 – 08.2009)
for the Investigation of the Historical Technical Infrastructure of the Greek City:
1. The Case of the Medieval Aqueduct of Pylos
2. The Case of the Central City Squares of Pylos
3. Revision of the Existing Topographic and Hartographic Maps of the City of Pylos.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2009

Laboratory of Urban Planning, School of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece, Research Assistant

Program of Documentation in Urban Planning

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

AMKAT G.P, Internship

detailed drawings, physical models

Jul 2005 - Aug 2005


Columbia University, Masters, Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design

The Urban Design Program is focused on the state of the city in the 21st century in an age of rapid urbanization and cities of growth and contraction that face the transition to new forms and meanings. The program weaves a dialogue between New York City, which is its primary focus, and other world capitals and analogous contemporary conditions; moving between recent theoretical debate on future urbanism, and applied projects that directly engage the realities of the transformations of the post-industrial city [...]

Jun 2010 - May 2011

University of Patras, Architecture

The aim of the Department of Architecture is to prepare its students for careers in the design of the built environment.
The programme leads to a first professional degree, after a five year curriculum, divided into ten semesters, each with a course load of 30 ECTS units. Upon completion of the course, graduates become members of the Technical Chamber of Greece and have full employment rights as practicing architects in the EU.

Sep 2002 - Apr 2009

University of Florence, Erasmus Exchange Student

Sep 2005 - Jul 2006


"Sustainable Summer Sponsorship", Columbia University, Grant

financial support for a realistic proposal in Accra_ Ghana


"Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize", Columbia University, Award

for the best final semester design problem in each studio section


"Piraeus Tower 2010 - Changing the Face/Facade Reformation", Honorable Mention


"FGA Mimarlik & Aluplan Bilgisayar Award", Award

in the International Student Competition, International Union of Architects (UIA)
“Extreme: Creating Space in Extreme and Extraordinary Conditions”


Areas of Specialization