I was born in London, England. My school years were mostly spent in the more rural setting of Salisbury, a cathedral city and market town near Stonehenge in the South of England, being there and taking a few years in-between abroad due to my father’s vocation as a 'chocolate technologist' ; abroad being firstly in Mumbai, India, and secondly in Vevey, Switzerland (attending a local French speaking school.)
In 1992, I began my architectural training at the University of Manchester, later to become the Manchester School of Architecture, being lucky to catch a heyday period of the School and the city of Manchester itself. I graduated in 1998 and was elected as a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 (under the presentation and signature of Marco Goldschmeid, RIBA President and co-founder of the Richard Rogers Partnership.)
In 1995, I began my in-practice training working for John McCall Architects in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and in Liverpool, primarily working on large housing schemes and 18th century cotton mill conversions.
In 2000 I moved to London and joined Westwoods Architects; Royal Crown-Estate nominated architects, and specialists in conservation and education. Whilst with Westwoods I worked on projects for the prestigious Royal Ballet School, London Business School and Alleyn’s School, along with various large and small, social and prestige, residential projects in the role of Associate Director.
In 2005 I was invited to join the international London-based practice Scott Brownrigg. I worked on large education and residential projects initially until moving to the International & Hospitality Projects team - working on overseas projects in Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Romania, India and others - as an Associate and Shareholder. In 2010 I took up their invitation to move to Cyprus, to manage operations of the new business unit on the island and to cover the Eastern Mediterranean market generally for the practice, and was promoted to the position of Director in 2012.
In 2013 our Cyprus-office management team amicably bought out that business unit and formed a new practice - Panos Panayiotou + Associates - my position being equity partner and statutory Director. PP+A is now the largest architectural practice on the island, is extremely well-regarded and continues to grow from strength to strength, with a strong design and commercial philosophy driving the business.
At the end of 2016 I moved to New York City to test my skills, knowledge and experience in a new market, and to take a fresh direction on the perpetually gratifying architectural learning curve.
My career highlights so far have been winning the massive Larnaka Port & Marina Redevelopment Project competition/concession in 2008, being recognized as one to ‘change architecture and design’ by Blueprint Magazine in 2009 and winning the Lord Byron high-rise development competition in 2010.