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Savvas Sarafidis

Savvas Sarafidis

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Savvas Sarafidis (1973, Athens) is an architect and urban designer (Diploma of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens, Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York) with a broader interest in planning and environmental issues but also the visual arts and music. He has worked at the offices of the world renown architects Costas Kondylis (1999-2001) and Michael Graves (2001-2003), where he acquired a broad range of experience in many building types, including high-rise apartment buildings, private residences, museums and educational institutions.  He established ss.mm design in New York with Melpi Magklivera and in 2003 they moved to Athens, after having completed their first ever commission for the design of a private residence in Long Island, NY (built 2005-2008). As lead architect of the office in Athens, he specialized in the design and construction management of private residences, apartment and mixed-use buildings of varying sizes and budgets, which uniquely reflect both the identity and cultural character of the client and the local environment, while maintaining energy efficiency and keeping with construction costs. His personal academic work and his ss.mm work have been published at various Greek and international print and digital media and have been presented at festivals and exhibitions. He has been invited as a guest critic and guest lecturer at various academic institutions in Greece and abroad. 

Since 2017, he’s been serving as Director of Design for Markel Architecture in New York offering his experience, global presence and extensive background in the field of design and management of construction projects. He’s demonstrated expertise in design development, construction documentation, material specification, and on-site construction supervision, as well as cutting-edge expertise in managing high-profile, commercial and residential building projects. He possesses strong background and capabilities in applying 3D modelling techniques to the architectural design process, a passion for design development strategies and the use of space. He’s proficient in AutoCAD 2d/3d, 3d Studio Max, Adobe CS and Microsoft Office Suite. He has working knowledge of BIM Revit.

"Savvas has it all. He is a great architect and artist, his freehand drawings are expressive and full of life, his technical skills are extremely complex and always updated, and most importantly, he is a great person; always receptive and always surprising his friends and colleagues with exceptional accomplishments. Savvas is always in the quest for major milestones, and he does it in a humble and silent way. That is an almost extinct virtue in this world, and makes him a unique architect and persona. I strongly recommend Savvas for any architectural related project or venture. Jorge Arias Principal of Arias Architecture, New York" March 24, 2010

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Markel Architecture, Long Island City, NY, US, Director of Design

Creative direction leader. Oversaw the branding of the firm through the exterior re-design of several new ground-up residential developments in the Bronx. Oversaw numerous fit-out and interior design projects for commercial office spaces and established general design guidelines for the firm. Led owner’s rep services.

Key Project:
Passive House at 746E 214th Street, Bronx NY
New Ground-up Residential Development with cutting edge sustainable characteristics, affordable design and PH certification, 5 levels, basement, 8,000 sf total area

Budget: $1.5M  Team Size: 3 Consultants/Engineers  Methodology/Tools: BIM Revit Integrated Design, Renderings in 3d Studio Max and Photoshop, PHPP Analysis Software

Accomplishments:
 Introduced and modeled the sustainability strategy of the firm.
 Implemented bioclimatic, ecological and PH design standards that achieve up to 90% reduction in energy consumption.
 Proposed a distinctly modernist aesthetic approach, in constant dialogue with the neighborhood’s existing fabric.

Jun 2017 - current
 

Propylaea Architecture, New York, NY, US, Senior Designer/Project Manager

Direct design development and construction documentation for large private residences. Constructed material specification process with outline of detailed technical requirements. Oversaw construction site operations and conduct on-site visits. Spearheaded consultation meetings with project stakeholders to formulate budget requirements. Managed the project flow and progress through client engagement.

Key Project:
Residence in Plandome, NY
Large waterfront private residence with pool, 3 levels, 16,000 sf total area

Budget: $6.5M  Team Size: 5 Consultants/Engineers and more than 15 Contractors  Methodology/Tools: Design in AutoCAD, Renderings in 3d Studio Max and Photoshop, FunctionFox online project management

Accomplishments:
 Repositioned stalled project with CD drawings within timeline without overruns.
 Reversed project mishaps and poor workmanship through site visits and re-negotiation with contractors.
 Reengaged the project owners with design alternatives, procurement and stakeholder relations strategies that accelerated the work progress.

Oct 2016 - Jun 2017
 

ss.mm design, Athens, GR, Founder, Managing Principal

Provided strategic direction and architectural consultancy. Supervised a team of architects and communicated best-practice technologies, construction documentation procedures, and proper compliance standards. Masterminded
the design of complex commercial and residential structures. Coordinated design phase with innovative sketches, drawings, and renderings. Forged relationships with sub-contractors, and resolved zoning logistics, regulatory requirements and financial issues.

Key Projects:
Summer House in Southold, NY
Medium size waterfront private residence with pool, in 3 levels, 6.500 sf total area. Broken house in several different volumes with each expressing its programmatic function. The living spaces were pdeveloped around a main central axis that visually connects the public street to the private beach. Vertical
connections were developed: physical connections (stairhall) but also visual (skylights).

Budget: $3M  Team Size: 3 Consultants/Engineers and more than 15 Contractors  Methodology/Tools: AutoCAD
2d/3d design, Visuals in 3d Studio Max and Photoshop

Accomplishments:
 Completed drawings and fulfilled regulatory requirements within record time.
 Submitted detailed CD set and specification sheets in accordance with General Contractor standards.
 Managed project budget with no overruns, introducing only minor material modifications, with on time completion.

PEnergy Efficient & Clever Residence, Paiania, Greece
“Green” private residence with heating and cooling pipe system in concrete and masonry elements of architecture, rendering them invisible. “Clever” home systems of automation were introduced, controlling the mechanical and
electrical functionality of the house.

Budget: $1.5M  Team Size: 4 Consultants/Engineers and more than 30 Contractors  Methodology/Tools:
AutoCAD 2d/3d design, Visuals in 3d Studio Max and Photoshop, MS Project for management.

Accomplishments:
 Surmounted complexity of innovative mechanical systems and completed construction on time.
 Sustained high construction quality despite heavy intrusion of mechanical systems and frequent budget revisions.
 Recognized in Energy Efficient Design Guide, Ktirio publications in Greece, for high design “green” building that incorporated cutting edge technologies of energy consumption management.

Apartment Building in Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
Provided strategic direction and architectural consultancy. Supervised a team of architects and communicated best-practice technologies, construction documentation procedures, and proper compliance standards. Masterminded
the design of complex commercial and residential structures. Coordinated design phase with innovative sketches, drawings, and renderings. Forged relationships with sub-contractors, and resolved zoning logistics, regulatory requirements and financial issues.

Mar 2003 - Oct 2016
 

Michael Graves Architecture & Design, New York, NY, US, Architect

Involved in all design phases (including CD) and presentation of several high-profile projects and world-wide competitions. Networked with numerous experts in planning, urban design and architecture.

Key Projects: Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Olympic Media Village and Shopping Mall in Maroussi, Athens Greece  University of Southern California's Institute for Theoretical Physics, Los Angeles  Jacksonville Public Library Competition, Florida

Mar 2001 - Mar 2003
 

Costas Kondylis and Partners, New York, NY, US, Architect

Contributed to the initial design phases of numerous high rise residential projects, including zoning analysis under the guidance of zoning expert David West. Introduced the first office 3d modeling process (software: Form-Z, Photoshop), creating photorealistic renderings and animations as integral parts of the architectural design process and presentation.

Key Projects: The Anthem 222 East 34th Street, NY  Chelsea Centro, 200-220 West 26th Street, NY  Trump World Tower, 845 First Avenue, NY

May 1999 - Mar 2001
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

May 1998 - May 1999
 

National Technical University of Athens, Athens, GR, MArch, Architecture

Architectural Engineering

Oct 1991 - Mar 1998
 

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