Let us introduce ourselves! This is Michalis Kantarzis from Kos island and Eleni Lionaki from Athens. We met in architecture school in 2004 at the Technical University of Crete and we have shared a common path ever since. For several years, we have been active members of TUC TIE Lab, in research, scientific and organizational positions, participating in various projects, national and international workshops in Greece and abroad.
After living in Athens for 4 years, we realized that we wanted to sustain a different lifestyle than the one the capital was offering, and have a closer relation to nature. In 2019 we decided to move to Kos island, restore and renovate Michalis’ ancestral house, an old turkish 2-story stone building in the old town, the perfect place to host our architecture practice, Urbic Architects. Passionate about design and traditional architecture, we started discovering the abandoned villages of Kos, capturing all the valuable elements of an era that seems to be forgotten, to gain a deep understanding of local architecture. After 10 years of experience, our mission focuses on rethinking and reviving the local heritage in the context of today’s reality, to ultimately create unique and meaningful spaces that inspire.
After 10 years of experience, our mission focuses on rethinking and reviving the local heritage in the context of today’s reality, to ultimately create unique and meaningful spaces that inspire.
We work on a wide range of projects, from the scale of an accommodation complex, to the design of a custom piece of furniture, giving attention to every single detail. Our priority is to cultivate a personal relationship of trust with our clients, in order to make the process of creation an exciting and effortless experience throughout the stages of research, design and construction. Our methodology is to take the time to understand your vision and needs, to create a common ground of communication, and finally design spaces with distinct ambience and identity.