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251 Growing up in Cyprus, Vassos Demetriou, AIA, designed sets for school plays, not knowing how that experience would inform his chosen profession. In his late teens, he discovered architecture and began plotting a career that led him to the University of Oregon, where he earned a B.Arch., and where he currently serves as a member of the board of advisors for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. In 1978, Vassos founded Demetriou Architects, and ever since, the firm's focus has been design, as all architectural styles stem from good design. Vassos and his team actively listen to clients and ask questions to draw out and capture the essence of their thinking. With imagination and experience, the firm defines the aesthetic and functional requirements to deliver solutions that are distinctive and individual. Vassos derives inspiration by creating and tailoring structures for someone specific. The relationship aspect of the design process drives him from the first meeting until the structure is complete. Building connections helps him craft a program for his clients' needs, desires, and lifestyles. He takes into consideration the functional aspects of architecture, as well as the artistic component. With the belief that good architecture can exist in any style, as long as solid design principles are executed, Vassos approaches each project with an open mind, free of stylistic preconceptions. In the end, clients receive classic architecture that transcends time. a r c h i t e c t u r e DEMETRIOU ARCHITECTS KIRKLAND, WA

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