Build Architecture Awards 2016

Build 2016 Architecture Awards 70 Company: GOAStudio Architects Website: eorge Omalianakis is a chartered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and registered with the Architects Reg- istration Board (ARB), and has extensive experience in working on a variety of residential, commercial and educational sectors. At GOAStudio he is personally responsible for every project from start to finish; he likes to make sure that the clients are fully engaged, challenged and are made active participants during the design process. George explains what makes the firm unique and marks it out as the best option for clients. “In terms of making ourselves unique from our competitors it is the Alice in Won- derland effect we try to recreate when considering long views through spaces. It is the airport terminal effect we try to avoid when designing living areas. It is the cathedral effect that makes volumes special and creates a sense of lightness. The garden is always the stage when trying to decide on the internal lighting levels. Our clients listen and understand the metaphors and the way we describe things; they seem to enjoy the way we talk about architecture. It is through language and a bit of magic that we manage to communicate ideas, choices and experiences. Architectural design is an extremely complex process with a number of technical, legal and construction issues that need to be resolved along the duration of a project. In addition, we try to communicate all this while at the same time retaining the focus on the essence of what we do and why we do it is important to our clients.” Going forward, George was keen to focus on the firm’s exciting and opportu- nity laden future. “Looking ahead, we have a very diverse workload at the moment and in the next year we look to complete a number of very exciting and special projects we currently have on our drawing board and which are about to start on site later this year; including an environmentally sustainable remodelling and substantial extension of a property in west London (solar panels, increased levels of insulation, sustainable choice of materials), which will provide us with the opportunity to grow our knowledge and experience in the sustaina- ble market.” Best Residential Architecture Firm - London GOAStudio Architects is a boutique multi-award winning practice that offers specialized and client-focused architectural services to individuals in London’s residential sector. The core team consists of Mr George Omalianakis, BA (Hons) B.Arch Pg Dip ARB RIBA and, Miss Umi Ishimoto, BA (Hons) Graphic Design : Visual Communications. We caught up with George Omalianakis to learn more. G AR160033