Prototypes at the Bureau de Change studio, filmed by Omar Barchetta

Episode Four

Dream Home

with Katerina Dionysopoulou & Billy Mavropoulos

Why would a successful architect, intent on building their dream home, commission someone else to design it? In this episode, Adriana joins founders of award-winning architecture practice Bureau de Change Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, alongside one of their clients Hui Xu of Cura Haus, a leading property developer. Katerina and Billy outline the bespoke journey- the rich process of creating something unique in response to the space. Together they discuss taking a clear brief, doing something unexpected with it and living the adventure that follows.

Episode Four

Dream Home

with Katerina Dionysopoulou & Billy Mavropoulos

Prototypes at the Bureau de Change studio, filmed by Omar Barchetta

Why would a successful architect, intent on building their dream home, commission someone else to design it? In this episode, Adriana joins founders of award-winning architecture practice Bureau de Change Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, alongside one of their clients Hui Xu of Cura Haus, a leading property developer. Katerina and Billy outline the bespoke journey- the rich process of creating something unique in response to the space. Together they discuss taking a clear brief, doing something unexpected with it and living the adventure that follows.

“We take the client’s hand and we go on a journey together. It’s always us responding to the brief, to the site, to the restrictions, to the history, to our research and weaving this into a broader narrative. Then, step by step, we build the design as we present it.”

Billy Mavropoulos, Director, Bureau de Change

Our Guests

Katerina Dionysopoulou

Director, Bureau de Change

Katerina Dionysopoulou trained at Foster+Partners before joining Heatherwick Studio. During this time she led the team designing the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, winning the coveted Lubetkin Prize. She also worked alongside Danny Boyle as the project leader for the iconic Olympic Cauldron for London 2012. Katerina later set up Bureau de Change with Billy Mavropoulos, a friend from her Foster + Partners days.

Billy Mavropoulos

Director, Bureau de Change

Billy Mavropoulos studied at the Royal College of Art and trained at Foster+Partners. Prior to founding Bureau de Change, Billy worked as an independent design consultant on projects for the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Selfridges. In 2010 he featured in Wallpaper* magazine’s next generation issue as a designer who will change the face of design within the next 30 years.

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