Konstantina Vasilakopoulou is an architect, trained at the Architectural department of the University of Patras. She is holding a Master in Light and Lighting, from the Bartlett School of Architecture, Unversity College London and she currently is a PhD student of the Environmnetal Engineering Department, Technical University Of Crete (Thesis subject: “Smart natural lighting systems. Development/optimization of light pipes with integrated low energy consumption artificial lighting, managed by smart controls”). In the past, Konstantina has worked for the University of Athens (1/2007- 1/2011) and for the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources-CRES (7/2011-7/2013). She is currently working as a research associate in the Group of Buildings & Environmental Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) (8/2013-today) and as a freelance architect and lighting designer (9/2006-today). The areas of her research include lighting design, energy efficiency in lighting, integration of natural and artificial lighting, lighting comfort, etc. Konstantina is a tutor of Lighting courses in e-learning expertise programs of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, has performed supportive tutoring of students of the Physics Dept., University of Athens and has participated with lectures and tutoring in the EUREC European Master in Renewable Energy. She is a reviewer in seven international scientific journals and is the co-author of six papers published in international scientific peer reviewed journals, of seven papers included in international peer reviewed conference proceedings and of chapters in two international books.
Education & Training
Technical University Of Crete, Environmnetal Engineering Department: PhD Candidate.
University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture: MSc in Light & Lighting.
University of Patras, Polytechnic School, Department of Architecture: Diploma in Architecture.
September 2006-onwards: Freelance Architect and Lighting designer. Main projects: natural and artificial lighting projects, energy savings in lighting design.
July 2013-onwards: National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Physics Department, Building Physics Sector: researcher. Areas of research: lighting design, energy efficiency in lighting, integration of natural and artificial lighting, lighting comfort, bioclimatic design of urban areas, energy retrofit of buildings. Management of European and national projects.
July 2011-July 2013: Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), Greece. Management of programs of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), Operational Program “Environment - Sustainable Development”.
January 2007- June 2011: National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Physics Department, Building Physics Sector: researcher. Areas of research: lighting design, energy efficiency in lighting, integration of natural and artificial lighting, lighting comfort, bioclimatic design, etc.
2015: Lectures related to “innovative window technologies” and “cool materials” for professionals and students, in the framework of the European Project MAIN – “MAteriaux INtelligents”.
2013 – onwards: Tutor of Lighting courses: E-learning expertise program “Sustainable energy design in the built environment”, National Kapodistrian University of Athens
2008–2011 & 2013- onwards: Supportive tutoring of students’ diploma works related to natural and artificial building lighting, Physics Dept., University of Athens.
2008 – Participation with lectures and tutoring in the EUREC European Master in Renewable Energy.
Chapter title: “The contribution of bioclimatic architecture in the improvement of outdoor urban spaces” by K. Vasilakopoulou, D. Kolokotsa, M. Santamouris appearing in the book: “Solar Energy Sciences and Engineering Applications” by Napoleon Enteria & Aliakbar Akbarzadeh’ (ISBN 978-1-138-00013-1), published by CRC Press/Balkema.
Chapter title: “Urban heat island mitigation techniques for sustainable cities” by K. Vasilakopoulou, D. Kolokotsa, M. Santamouris: Book: “Cities for Smart Environmental and Energy Futures” appearing in the book: “Cities for Smart Environmental and Energy Futures” (ISBN: 978-3-642-37660-3) by S. Rassia & P. M. Pardalos, published by Springer.
Publications (scientific journals)
Papanicolas, C., Lange, M.A., Fylaktos, N., Montenon, A., Kalouris, G., Fintikakis, N., Fintikaki, M., Kolokotsa, D., Tsirbas, K., Pavlou, C., Vasilakopoulou, K., Santamouris, M. (2015): “Design, construction and monitoring of a near-zero energy laboratory building in Cyprus”, Advances in Building Energy Research, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2 January 2015
Vasilakopoulou, K., Synnefa, A., Kolokotsa, D., Karlessi, T., Santamouris, M. (2014): “Performance prediction and design optimisation of an integrated light pipe and artificial lighting system”, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, DOI: 10.1080/14786451.2014.932281
Santamouris, M., Gaitani, N., Spanou, A., Saliari, M., Giannopoulou, K., Vasilakopoulou, K., Kardomateas, T.: “Using cool paving materials to improve microclimate of urban areas - Design realization and results of the Flisvos project”, Building and Environment, Volume 53, July 2012
Santamouris, M., Xirafi, F., Gaitani, N., Spanou, A., Saliari, M., Vassilakopoulou, K.: “Improving the microclimate in a dense urban area using experimental and theoretical techniques - The case of Marousi, Athens”, International Journal of Ventilation, Volume 11, Issue 1, June 2012
N. Gaitani, A. Spanou, M. Saliari, A. Synnefa, , K. Vassilakopoulou K. Papadopoulou K. Pavlou, M. Santamouris, M. Papaioannou, A. Lagoudaki: “Improving the Microclimate in Urban Areas. A Case Study in the Centre of Athens”, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology,Volume 32, Issue 1, February 2011
K. Pavlou, K. Vassilakopoulou, M. Santamouris: “The Impact of Several Construction Elements on the Thermal Performance of Solar Chimneys”,
The International Journal of Ventilation, Special Edition- The Third International Workshop on Natural Ventilation, Tokyo Japan, March 2009, Volume 8, N.3, 2009.
Gombakis, K., Papantoniou, S., Georgatou, C., Kambelis, N., Kolokotsa, D., Kalaitzakis, K., Vasilakopoulou, K., Santamouris, M.: “Integrated Smart Indoor – Outdoor Web based Energy Management System for a university campus”, SET conference 2015
Vasilakopoulou, K., Synnefa, A., Kolokotsa, D., Karlessi, T., Santamouris, M.: “Theoretical and experimental study of the performance of an innovative natural and artificial lighting system”, SET conference 2014
K. Vasilakopoulou, A. Synnefa, D. Kolokotsa, T. Karlessi, M. Santamouris: “Development of an algorithm for predicting the performance and optimizing the design of an energy efficient lighting system”, AIVC 2013 Conference, Athens, 9/2013
Α. Spanou, K. Vassilakopoulou, M. Santamouris: “Energy performance and lighting design of an historic building in Greece”, Palenc Conference, Rhodes, 9/2010
S. Pieri, P. Pieris, K. Sfakianaki, K. Vasilakopoulou, M. Santamouris: “Prototype Zero Energy Tourist Settlement”, Palenc Conference, Rhodes, 9/2010
Κ. Sfakianaki, K. Vassilakopoulou, M.N. Assimakopoulos, P. Doukas, K. Pavlou, N. Gaitani, M. Santamouris: "Energy and environmental rehabilitation of a listed neoclassic building in Athens, Greece" Proc, 2nd Palenc Conference and 28th AIVC Conference, 27-29/9/2007.
M. Santamouris, K. Kapsis, D. Korres, I. Livada and K. Vassilakopoulou: “Οn the Relation Between Energy and Social Characteristics of the Residential Sector”, Proc 2nd EPEQB Conference, Milos, 2007.
Reviewer of scientific articles
Advances in Building Energy Research, Taylor & Francis
International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, Oxford Journals
Energy and Buildings, Elsevier
Renewable Energy, Elsevier
International Journal of Sustainable Energy, Taylor & Francis
Buildings, MDPI AG