Thanasis (Athanasios) Ikonomou
B.Sc., B.E.D.S., M.Arch.
place of birth
Dec 01 1984
Thanasis is a Greek-Canadian Designer, Artist and Photographer with over a decade of experience across scales and cultures. His deep interest in context drives him towards providing clients with custom solutions to unique challenges and takes great care to consider movement from one space to another, discoveries along the way and relationships amongst landscape and built environment. His multi-disciplinary training intersects knowledge and celebrates local cultural identities within the realm of architecture, art and urbanism.
Born in Vancouver Canada, Thanasis’ career as a designer began after graduating from the Biological Sciences from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and training as a Chef. Studying under the famed architect Brian MacKay Lyons at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Thanasis’ architecture training prioritized the human experience. Further studies in Botswana, New York, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Greece explored spaces of living and collaboration within a myriad of contexts. The love of landscape comes from his rural upbringing in both the province of Epirus Greece and the lake communities within the wilderness of British Columbia. Through his training, his appreciation of the unbuild environment has been further strengthened and influenced by collaborations with Marieke Kums & Junya Ishigami.
Upon graduation, Thanasis was directed under the leadership of Rem Koolhaas for the design of Axel Springer’s New Media Headquarters in Berlin. An investigation on relationships between work-space and communication, exploring paradoxes and exceptions - a process driven approach balancing conceptual clarity and chaos.
With the completion of Axel Springer's design, Thanasis joined Olson Kundig (Seattle) in 2015 to design Nike’s new Innovation Center. This experience explored the American Landscape and challenges of designing in cities with foundations in Global Corporations. Beyond Nike, Thanasis was a designer on nine conceptual projects and competitions. Most recently, leading the design for a metabolist inspired housing complex before designing and researching independently in 2019.
Brian MacKay Lyons
University of British Columbia