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Emilio Koutsoftides

Connecting Art, Architecture, and Technology

Emilio has the soul of an artist and the brain of a technologist. Educated in architecture, he is fascinated by how designers of all types visualize their work. This can be especially tricky with technology engineering, since systems are often designed to be invisible. Emilio’s life calling is to bridge the gap between idea and reality by creating drawings, renderings, and models that help clients and design teams picture how technology and architecture integrate. Along the way, he aims to help establish design principles that elevate both professions.

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On the Board

After helping to design and build one of the first skateboard parks on the island of Cyprus, Emilio ran the business with a friend of his for many years. The park included a café and skateshop and was a hub of skate culture. Skating was a way for him to let off steam and it also gained him many lasting friendships. After one too many broken ankles, Emilio had to curb his skateboard habit, but he still enjoys it as a spectator sport.

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Art in the Family

Emilio grew up in a highly creative household where the dinner table conversation often rang with debates about the arts. His grandfather, the painter Stass Paraskos, established the first art school in the Republic of Cyprus, the Cyprus College of Art, and many members of his family are artists and architects. These days, the Cyprus College of Art functions as an artist-in-residence program, and Emilio visits often and participates in the programming, maintaining his link to the art world.

Adventures in Architecture

The desire to see new buildings and meet new people frequently inspires Emilio to throw on his backpack and hit the road. He loves to seek out architectural landmarks in real life that he’s seen pictures of – but his travel bug is also satisfied by a simple trip to a nearby village. Everyone and every place has a fascinating story and Emilio finds creative inspiration in it all.

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