Savvas Sarafidis

Savvas Sarafidis

Athens, GR



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. While in New York, he 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 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 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. 

"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


Employment design, Athens, GR, Owner, Lead Architect

Mar 2003 - current

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

Mar 2001 - Mar 2003

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

May 1999 - Mar 2001


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

Areas of Specialization