Alexandros Vaitsos was born in 1971, in Peru. He lived in Latin America, France and England before moving to Greece at the age of 9. He studied at Harvard University (B.A Visual and Environmental Studies) and he did his Masters at the University of California at Berkeley (Masters in Architecture). He has taught architectural design as a visiting professor at the University of Thessaly and as a teaching assistant at Berkeley. He founded decaARCHITECTURE in 2001, an architectural practice based in Athens.
decaARCHITECTURE engages with projects that have a broad spectrum of scales and subjects: Ranging from joysticks and chairs to urban propositions and rural landscapes. deca has engaged extensively with hospitality projects (vacation homes and hotels) on the Mediterranean shoreline, proposing sustainable strategies for the development of the countryside. At deca, design and research focus on two main axes: the integration of human needs within their context and the stimulation of human consciousness beyond familiarity.
The work of decaARCHITECTURE has been honored with various awards, including: Piranesi International Award (2009), Emerging Architecture Awards (2004, 2009), The Greek Architecture Awards (2004, 2009, 2013), Architectural Review Best House Award (2010), Architizer A+Award (2014), DomesΑwards (2018) and has been published in Greek and international magazines, books and online platforms. Major publications include Living on Water (Phaidon 2018), Elemental Living (Phaidon 2016), ECO Living (Braun 2013), Living by the Sea (Birkhäuser 2008), α+α, Vol 33 (2013), αreα, Vol 127 (2013), The Architectural Review, Vol 1362 (2010) and Mark, Vol 29 (2010).