The Greek architect who excels in Europe and U.S
Yianna Bouyioukou, is an award-winning architect and has been distinguished for her work both in Europe and in the United States. She was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. She went to the United States in order to fulfill her dream of becoming an architect. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles, on a full scholarship.
From August 2003 to November 2011, she has practiced in Los Angeles, serving as Project Architect for Barton Myers Associates. However, from March 2008 Bouyioukou with her associate Marija Volkman have founded the architectural firm ‘Your Building Here’.
The first recognition for her work came in October 2010, when she received two AIA(American Institute of Architects Los Angeles) awards, an Honor Award and a Best in Show Award for her design for the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC. In 2011, she and the architectural firm Barton Myers Associates were awarded for the Montecito Residence II in California with the National Merit Award from American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and with the Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA).
In February 2012, she received the 40 Under 40 Award by the Greek America Foundation. In November of the same year, she received the 2012 Europe 40 Under 40 Emerging Young Architects and Designers Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In October 2014, she was awarded with the Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles for her work at the Innovative Bioclimatic School Complex on the Greek island of Crete. When not designing, Bouyioukou volunteers for the Voices and Faces Project, a non-profit national survivor network that gives voice and face to rape survivors.