DEPÓLIS is an international, award-winning design, architecture and urbanism practice.
We apply design thinking and a systemic approach in every project, no matter its scale, physical or digital nature.
Driven by the notion that design is essential in improving people’s lives and in producing culture, we collaborate across disciplines and we tailor design propositions to their specific social and geographic contexts.
After gaining experience in design, architecture, urban and regional planning in Europe, the USA and Asia, Tommaso Bernabò Silorata and Konstantina Tzemou founded DEPÓLIS in 2020 in NYC. Since 2020 the team is based in Europe and operates between Rome, and Athens.
Tommaso Bernabò Silorata
Tommaso Bernabò Silorata is an architect and co-founder of DEPÓLIS. He has 10 years of professional experience across project scales and phases, gained in Rome, Paris, NYC and Hong Kong. He co-founded DEPÓLIS after a 4-years collaboration with OMA – Office for Metropolitan Architecture where he served as Lead Design Architect. Relevant project experiences at OMA include Tiffany’s Flagship store in NYC, USA, Toranomon Hills Station Tower in Tokyo, Japan and the Tenjin Business Center in Fukuoka, Japan. Prior to OMA, Tommaso practiced as an architect for 5 years in Paris, France. His most notable collaboration in Paris was with OUALALOU + CHOI with whom he led the design of the Magnet High School in Laayoune, Morocco as well as the design of the Maison de l’Afrique experimental housing project in Bezannes, France. Other collaborations in Paris, France include Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and DPA – Dominique Perrault Architecture.
Alongside professional practice, Tommaso has taught at La Sapienza University of Rome and at IUAV University of Venice in Italy. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from La Sapienza University of Rome (cum laude) and is a registered architect in Italy (EU).
Konstantina Tzemou is an architect, urbanist and co-founder of DEPÓLIS. Her expertise lies in city-making, primarily on urban resilience, climate change adaptation and on the landscape of infrastructure as a driver for urbanization. Konstantina co-founded DEPÓLIS after 4 years in the USA specializing in urban design through professional practice with AECOM in NYC and academic research at Harvard University. Within AECOM, most notable project experience was the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resilience Program - LMCR, a series of public realm projects along 70% of Manhattan’s waterfront. Previous collaborations include AJN - Ateliers Jean Nouvel and DPA - Dominique Perrault Architecture in Paris, France.
Alongside practice, Konstantina engages in academic research and regularly serves as guest critic for studio reviews at the AA - Architectural Association, Columbia University GSAPP and UVA - University of Virginia School of Architecture. She is a registered architect in Greece (EU) and holds a Diploma in Architecture Engineering from University of Patras, Greece with distinction, and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from Harvard University, where she received the Award for Academic Excellence in Urban Design.