Eirini works in the education sector. She has experience in schools, higher education and student accommodation.

If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?

A dancer. Growing up, I trained in classical and contemporary ballet. I still try to learn a new dance form every couple of years – it brings me lots of joy. I admire how much hard work goes into making something look so effortless on stage.

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?

Although it’s not a built project, ‘Toolkit for Doncaster’ is the first project I managed and developed in collaboration with a client. It’s an educational resource which encourages young people to engage with local heritage and the built environment. It includes a board game, lesson plans and a treasure hunt app. It was a lot of fun coming up with innovative and playful ways to teach school children about architecture and design.

Pet hate?

Acronyms. There are too many in our industry and I can’t keep up. There I said it!

What’s the greatest invention ever?

The Apollo 11 moon landing. I know it’s not strictly an invention itself but it is the result of many, many inventions by NASA. The success of the moon landing completely changed our understanding of the environment and our thinking about what is possible.

Best book you’ve read?

I recently read ‘Kitchen’ by Banana Yoshimoto. It’s a series of short stories that start from an ordinary kitchen and end in a time warp phenomenon. It talks about the common things we all experience, like loss and pain, in the most surreal way.

Industry bodies
  • RIBA
  • ARB