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Valeria Koukoutsi-Mazarakis M.S. Arch. Ph.D. MIT

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An architect from Greece (Diploma of Architecture with Honors ’86),  with a Master of Science in Architecture Studies, MIT ’89 (award for best performance), a Ph.D. degree, MIT ‘01 in History, Theory and Criticism in Architecture and 30-year experience of international practice in architecture. Collaborated with Rafael Moneo Arquitecto from Madrid, Spain as a senior architect for 15 years (2000-2015), worked with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in New York (1995-96) and Charles Correa in Mumbai, India (1991) having started her professional career at the architectural office of Alexandros Samaras in Athens, Greece (1986). Founder of VMA - an integrative design firm with a range of international projects spanning multiple scales and typologies - educational, cultural, and commercial currently focusing on residential  projects and small object design.

skills & personal attributes

Creative problem solver 
Resourceful strategic planner 
Efficient project manager
Action-oriented verbal communicator
Thoughtful collaborator 
Inspiring team builder
Visionary designer
Expeditious time manager

we are an international design firm

With a record of 30 years of experience in academic, institutional, commercial, and residential buildings. Our expertise lies in solving design problems ranging from urban design to architecture to the small scale. Our approach is to develop and execute creative sustainable design solutions with innovative tools and materials.​


Valeria Mazarakis


Studio Locations

116 Central Park South

New York, NY 10019 USA

Ftelia Mykonos 84600 Greece

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