DAPHNE KARAISKAKI ARCHITECTURE is an architecture and design firm based in Paris, with an antenna in Athens.
After seven years of experience while leading projects for internationally accredited architecture firms, namely Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, Daphne Karaiskaki creates her own practice, an ambition born from the outset of her career.
Having had diverse project experiences, from city infrastructure to museums, from small residential projects to complex urban schemes, and most importantly from initial conception to execution, we aspire to synthesize and implement acquired knowledge while responding to contemporary needs and anticipating design solutions for ever changing habits and habitats.
We believe that architecture emerges from a delicately tuned balance between content and context, between constraints and opportunities, from relations created between people in it and people around it. Architecture is better as long as we take a step back and look at it from afar, freed from the biases and stereotypes created by our very own trade, freed from fads that are bound not to last but bind projects to dates, circumstances and short-lived trends. While trying to break free from our trade’s tight circle we call for interdisciplinary innovation and active collaboration with all actors of the design and building process. We are interested in creating processes that review and reconsider the economics and production circuits of built environments today.
Architecture nowadays is very much about finding equilibrium between seemingly opposite forces. Flexibility and sobriety, technology and craftmanship, quality and cost control, thirst for the new and attachment to the old. With every project undertaken, we attempt to compose the products and results of the dipoles mentioned above and to produce visionary, inventive, rigorous, sensitive, but above all, deeply human environments.