Nefeli Kalantzi’s (1986) genuine enthusiasm for cities drives her design approach towards the public realm. As a senior designer at OKRA, she focuses on bringing landscape architecture and urban design at the forefront of the design process, using them as catalysts for placemaking, sustainability and social activation. She is involved in international complex masterplanning and urban design projects, applying her analytical, storytelling and design skills, while striving to maintain the balance between the design aspirations and the physical limitations. Drawing from her cross-disciplinary background, Nefeli has an integral role in the early phases of defining a project’s structure and design strategy, as well as developing the spatial characteristics and details of the design.
Nefeli holds a Master of Science in architecture and urban design from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. She has previously worked at SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York, building a strong skill set on urban, landscape and waterfront projects, and participated in the development of the ‘Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies’ report, a city-wide climate resiliency project from the New York City Department of City Planning.