After having practiced as an architect in Athens and Barcelona, Olivia joined the Cardiff School of Art and Design academic team lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate level and researching in the fields of Digital Fabrication and interdisciplinary creative projects.
The 7 years of being a Senior Lecturer in Cardiff Metropolitan University U.K., she has led and taught the Interior Architecture course, Architectural Design and Technology, Product Design, Maker and has offered multidisciplinary projects to students across the 7 courses of the Cardiff School of Art and Design. The latter mainly involved Fab Lab based projects mixing traditional making with high end technologies as well as a bespoke mini-Fab Academy course for the School of Art and Design.
Olivia was offered a management post while at the University, to finalise the design and to fully implement 1/3 of the new Undergraduate curriculum in the School of Art and Design (8 courses) meeting a Bauhaus philosophy while incorporating equally the traditional making and new technologies.
She has organised and led educational trips and student projects in the UK, in India and in Berlin and has curated various student exhibitions.
Olivia has co- founded Fab Lab Cardiff in 2011 with the help of the Head of Research in CSAD and Director of Enterprise of the University to be an academic research hub and an educational space in the intersection of traditional making skills with new technologies (programming, electronics and digital fabrication) for artists and designers. Her research and teaching interests and practice in Fab Lab Cardiff was the co-design and co-fabrication in Fab Labs and has designed and led relevant projects with social, cultural and local impact. Fab Lab Cardiff was the second one in the UK at the time and Olivia was the supernode helping new Labs to start.
While being a creative digital nomad (2016-2019), she has collaborated with Fab Labs and Universities in Europe, Central and South America and South East Asia.
When in Greece, she is part of the Decode Fab Lab team in Athens, as an international network/ project facilitator and also school related educational activities.
She was in charge of the educational design and content of creative digital fabrication activities for schools and libraries worldwide; a project which is running by Fab Lab Factory in Belgium and is partially supported by the Flemish government. She was also appointed by the Ministry of Communications in Qatar to design activities for ages 7-18 and to lead and supervise the team that will deliver the workshops and to also design maker events for the Fab Lab.
She founded SYN Fab Lab, the first mobile Fab Lab in Greece that focuses in educating and co-creating culture and site-specific projects. Its aim, is to re-think our way of living, working and playing through design and co-creation of meaningful societal changes, unique to each place.
Both its educational and practical approach refer to the 17 Sustainable development Goals and the 21st century skills and have a special focus on meaningful making, autonomous learning and creative thinking.
She has designed and implemented creative workshops for children (4-17 years old) worldwide, for university students, artists, teachers and the general public.
Founder of SYN Fab Lab, the first mobile Fab Lab in Greece.
Co-founder of Stiwdio Everywhere, a location independent creative digital nomad art + design studio
Designer, Educator and in charge of international network, relations in Decode Fab Lab, Greece
2014: Fab Academy Diploma, Fab Foundation
2014: FHEA Higher Education Academy Fellowship, U.K.
2005-2006: MSc Energy Efficient Buildings Oxford Brookes University.
Thesis: Outdoor thermal comfort in urban areas: case study, improving design scenarios and simulation of Ermou street, Athens, Greece. Supervisor Prof. Michael Humphreys, Prof Fergus Nicol. Simulation tools for case study: M. Santamouris' Environmental Physics Lab in Athens, Greece.
2002-2005: Diploma in Architecture, RIBA Part 2 Oxford Brookes University
Thesis: Nomadic Olympic Village for the athletes of the future. Supervisors: Ben Stringer, Prof. David Green, Peter Barber
1998-2001: BA Hons Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
Thesis: Energy efficient buildings and case studies. Supervisor Prof. Susan Roaf
2020 - now: SDG workshop facilitator
2022 - now: Freelance Educational Specialist
Educational design, design of bespoke objects for workshops, workshop delivery.
2021 Educational Specialist in Studio 5/6, Fab Lab in Ministry of Transport and Communications, Qatar.
Educational design of activities for 7-18 years old, team mentoring and supervision.
2021 Founder and of SYN Fab Lab, the first mobile Fab Lab in Greece
2019-2021 Lead Educational Designer and in charge of Strategic Partnerships at Fab Lab Factory, Belgium
Educational design and making of activities for 8-14 years old, team leading. International partnerships, collaborations.