Despo is an Associate at SCAPE, trained in architecture and urbanism, focusing on physical and social resilience, climate adaptation, urban storytelling, and engagement by design. Prior to joining SCAPE, Despo led the development of design strategies and engagement activities for the Water As Leverage program in Indonesia and the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, and collaborated with public agencies and interdisciplinary project teams for the implementation of resiliency infrastructure projects in New York City.
Despo earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University as a Fulbright Fellow. At Columbia, Despo was awarded the GSAPP Prize for Excellence in Urban Design for the most outstanding body of work. Despo has spent time as faculty at the Urban Design Program at Columbia and at the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT.
Registered Architect: Cyprus