architects was founded in 2005 by Stephan Buerger and Demetra Katsota. The collaborative architectural practice operates internationally within the field of architecture, urbanism, place making and research delivering projects from master planning to urban design, housing to private residences and interiors, exhibitions and publications.
The practice’s work is direct, poetic and pragmatic. Informed by the physical, cultural and socio-political context of each project, the continuous questioning of the given generates a process of abstraction leading to subtle yet innovative visions for new realities. The work is based upon a solid foundation of design excellence, programme, time, budget control and project management. Working together with clients, end users, consultants and contractors from the initial concept through planning and realisation, high quality design, outstanding detailing and construction are achieved.
Projects currently under construction include a conversion of a hotel into two private residences in Paros (2018) and a villa in Antiparos, Greece (2019); an apartment renovation in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018); a house close to Athens’ coast, Greece (2019). Other ongoing projects include a hotel and villas in Istria, Croatia (2021); a residential development on the Gerlitzen slopes in Carinthia, Austria (2020); a conversion of an existing manufacturing building into 80 student studios in Thessaloniki, Greece (2019) alongside the PXAthens non-profit urban initiatives.
architects are committed to a research-based approach that includes teaching and writing on architecture and the city. The practice has achieved recognition from national and international publications and exhibitions, winning and shortlisted entries in competitions and awards. Their work has been featured in Architecture in Greece, Bauwelt, Wallpaper, The Guardian among other media. Notably, their 48 student studios hall of residence at Patras, Greece (2013) garnered the EIA Common Use Award (2013) and the House S in Vienna, Austria (2010), the ‘Architecture Abroad’ Award 2010 of the Union of Greek Architects. They have received multiple nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies Van der Rohe Award (2013 and 2015) and have participated twice in the Architecture Biennale of Venice (2012 and 2014).