The office GFRA architecture was founded in 2004 by Tasos Gousis, Joost Frijda and Eddie Roberts as a result of many years of cooperation in previous associations where they participated with the major Greek projects of the previous decade, such as projects for the Olympic Games, the new Athens airport and the Acropolis Museum competition. Joost Frijda is Dutch and has received his degree from the Delft University of Technology, while both Tasos Gousis and Eddie Roberts, who has a Welsh background, are graduates from the NTUA (Athens Polytechnic), just as Fotini Anagnostou who becomes part of the team in 2007.
The multinational background of the team makes them search for new ideas and forms in architecture, to give a 'European' spirit to their design. This has been recognized by the numerous publications and participations in exhibitions such as the biennale of Young Greek Architects and the international Piranesi exhibition. At the same time they have a realistic approach and through close cooperation with the client and the consulting engineers, aim of the office is to maintain the quality of design and technology of architecture to a maximum.
The many specializations of the office include: housing, hotels, education, offices, cinema/theatre, retail, interior design, public urban/green spaces, re-use/restoration etc. Many projects are situated in the Athens region, but work is done all over Greece and abroad. Project responsibility includes both design and supervision, and can lead from the initial concept, through obtaining the building permit, to the possibility to organize the complete construction process.
“The multinational background
of the team makes them search for new
ideas and forms in architecture”
Tasos Gousis is born in Ioannina, Northern Greece and raised in Athens. After obtaining his architecture degree at the NTUA in 1994, he works for several architectural offices until establishing GFRA with Joost Frijda and Eddie Roberts in 2004.
Joost Frijda was born and raised in the Netherlands. He finishes his architecture studies at the Delft University of Technology in 1995, after which he moved to Greece. While working in Athens as an architect, he meets Tasos Gousis and Eddie Roberts with whom he founds GFRA in 2004
Having a Welsh background, Eddie Roberts is born and raised in Athens. He finds his calling in architecture which he studies at the NTUA in Athens. He cooperates with several architectural offices before starting GFRA with Tasos Gousis and Joost Frijda in 2004.
Fotini Anagnostou is born in Athens where she studies architecture at the NTUA and completes her studies in 2007. She starts working with GFRA immediately after studying and quickly gained a permanent position in the team.
Markos Mazarakis is born and raised in Athens Greece and graduates as an architect from the University of Thessaly in 2011. When he is not playing as a musician for Acid Baby Jesus, he collaborates with GFRA since 2017.
Orestis Kalonaris grows up in Athens, but chooses to study architecture at the University of East London where he obtains his degree in 2013. After collaborations with several offices in Athens, he joins the GFRA team in 2018.
Athenian born Fotini Iliopoulou studies architecture at the University of Thessaly in Volos. Fresh out of university, she joins the GFRA team in 2019.