GAarde is an architectural design studio, based in Athens, Greece, founded in 2003 by the architects Efthimis Grivas and Varvara Alevizou. Their practice covers every phase of the architectural employment, from precise measurement of existing structures, preliminary design, final drawings and 3D models, to construction details and supervision. Each project, despite its scale, is an opportunity to closely look at issues such as the landscape, regional criticism, functionality, materials and special structures, energy efficiency and the way which form integrates these issues. The firm’s portfolio consists of residential projects, working places – offices, hotels, renovations, architectural competitions, etc.

Efthimis has studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1995) and has a Master in Architectural Design, from the School of Architecture, NTUA. A Senior Architect in M. Photiadis architectural firm (1995-2003), he worked mainly on residential projects and office buildings as well as on the new Acropolis Museum in collaboration with B. Tschumi’s Architects. Having developed a strong ability in analysis of forms since his undergraduate years, his PhD. research at NTUA analyzed ancient Greek temples of the Doric style. He has been responsible for digging out from bibliography and providing the original dimensions of the Parthenon, to help create its 3D model, a project commissioned by the University of Patras and used for the documentary Parthenon by Costa Gavras.
Varvara has studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1996) and holds a Master’s degree in Architectural History from the Bartlett, UCL (1999), having been granted from the P. & E. Michelis Foundation. MSc. dissertation: “A fictional experience of space, Study case: Kafka’s The Trial”. She has worked as an architect in several architectural firms (1996-1998, 1999-2006) on a variety of projects, residential, offices, bank branches, open spaces, malls, etc.