Eleni Christofi

About

Hi there, I’m Eleni, also known as Helen, a 24 year-old web designer and graphic artist from Cyprus. I am experienced in web technologies and design, digital 2D/vector illustration, 3D modeling, graphic & architectural design with skills in photography and music.

For as long as I can remember, I have been ‘playing’ around with technology and advanced software. By the time I was 13 I was confident with Photoshop and knew how to do basic 3D modeling. At the same time, my involvement in online graphic/web design communities drove me to create my own art related websites and portfolios which got over 200 unique visitors per day. My digital art contest hosting website was considered a trend setter in the related community and won a number of awards.

In the summer of 2012, I returned to Cyprus from the UK where I completed Part 1 (BA) in Architecture at the University of Kent (6th best school of Architecture in the UK according to The Guardian 2012), receiving Upper Second Class Honours (2.1) in my degree. My presentation skills, creativity and knowledge of design software benefited massively from my studies.

Not wishing to further pursue architecture, I went on to become a web designer in a skilled team of web developers and programmers due to my self-taught ability to produce CSS and HTML code as well as everything my design studies had taught me.

I have been involved in multiple volunteer positions; namely OtakuCy & Cyprus Comic Con for which I created graphics, took event photos and organized happenings and competitions. I also took up the position of Social Media Coordinator for the world famous website, Adventure Gamers which reviews video games.

During my free time, I like to keep myself busy with gaming, reading up on technology, watching anime, playing the piano, taking pictures and creating digital art.

  • Urban

    The project brief stated:

    "You are required to design a museum of architectural history, which includes most of the architectural plaster casts now on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum Cast Court. You aim is to display these architectural fragments in a way that tells the story of Western architecture."

    We were taken to the two sites in Ramsgate where we conducted a site analysis in order to choose the most appropriate one. We also visited multiple architecture museums thoughout the country to use as precedents.

    My response to the brief was to create a museum designed from the inside-out, meaning that the interior of the building was to dictate the exterior form. I designed a building that allows for maximum daylight throughout all the gallery rooms and most of the extra spaces.

    A massive glass roof spans all the way over the museum which is shaded by operable louvers for full control of the light and temperature. Two atriums give the visitor an early taste of the clean daylight that bathes the rest of the floors and fully ventilate the spaces.

  • Modular

    This project required me to design a student accommodation hall for my university in a very central site in Canterbury. We worked in teams of 5 - each member designing a building to be placed on the site. We were asked to collaborate and create designs with common attributes.

    The main aim of this project was to teach us how to design in modularity - room components, furniture and fixtures that could be repeated throughout the building.

    My design looked to combine the convenience of modularity without it becoming uninterestingly repetitive. I flipped rooms around, used raised platforms and created inter-changing balconies.

  • Landscape

    The brief:

    "Stour Valley Arts are currently proposing a building within Kings Wood, it is hoped that the centre would become a centre of excellence for the arts. The proposed building should not be a visitors’ centre but a building that is secondary to the experience of being in the forest itself. This is not a commercial venture but a centre of education encouraging the exploration of the forest.

    The building will provide educational facilities for visiting groups of pupils and students, and office accommodation for the staff. The proposed building should embody low running costs. Attention should be given to how to minimise the use of resources at the same time as providing comfort, power and water.”

    My response was to create a building that would blend into the environment to the point where not only it doesn’t stand out in contrast, but it also doesn’t stand out in environmental disruption. Using local materials and various energy efficient techniques, this building treads lightly on the forest.

    The main aim of the project was to train us in Landscape design. We were also asked to design the surrounding area into the “journey” the visitors would take to reach to the building. I added natural-looking water features, wooden walkways, cut down into the chalk and planted various types of local flowers and plants. The landscape design is analyzed in depth in the essay.

  • Adapt & Extend

    "The adaptation and extension of existing buildings for new uses is a staple of design practice, ranging from the unobtrusive to the complete visual overhaul and updating of an existing building.

    You will design a conference/media hub and exhibition space with restaurant and bar facilities catering for promoting one Olympic sport of your choice in the Pump House No.5 at the Chatham Maritime old dockyard on the river Medway, a grade II listed building which dates to 1873.”

    We were given hard-hats and high visibility vests to inspect the existing building. I noticed the incredibly tall and wide spaces and the industrial skylights and decided to choose diving as my Olympic sport for this design. I designed an Olympic sized swimming pool to fill up the larger area of the existing building. The building being a pump house, it had deep holes dug into the ground which minimized the digging for a swimming pool.

    I also designed an underground cafe with glass views on the side of the pool where you can see the divers underwater right after they jump. You can see 3D renders of the cafe area at night and day under the orthographic drawings.

    In my design, the existing building was extended towards the river to make space for an exhibition space and an auditorium. A restaurant was placed on a new floor surrounded by glass to provide beautiful views to the river and inside towards the swimming pool.

    The extension is mainly made up of modular glazing and copper panels, with pyramid-shaped skylights. The facade facing the river is decorated with thick, flat plastic figures of divers in different positions, indicating the purpose of the building. The diver figures look like they are actually falling into the river water. People standing on the other side of the river have beautiful views of the facade.

  • Form & Structure

    Group project:

    — mock RIBA competition - Bridge Design

    "…a footbridge with provision for cyclists is proposed over the River Tees, linking the Northbank development with the existing Teesdale development on the south bank.”

    As a team of 5 people, we designed a footbridge considering all aspects such as visual, technological (usually performed by the engineer), costs and construction sequences.

  • Climate

    The project brief stated:

    "Design a shading device for the ground floor window which you have been assigned. The shades should still allow views out of the window when the shade is deployed. Ideally the shade will be retractable to maximize daylight penetration at times when the sun shade is not necessary."

  • Interdisciplinary

    Please watch the video on HD quality and fullscreen.

    This is a short video compiled from multiple scenes from my final interdisciplinary project. It was presented in the form of a video gallery with every scene being displayed as a moving, realistic looping landscape on each screen of the gallery. This gave the scenes a certain realism that could infulence the audience into believing in what the project wants them to believe.

Skills

GRAPHICS

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max
  • Inkscape for glyphs

LANGUAGES

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • LESS
  • SASS
  • Javascript & jQuery
  • Java
  • SVG

WEB TECHNOLOGIES & SOFTWARE

  • Apache Tapestry 5
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Wordpress
  • ZURB Foundation
  • Sublime Text 2
  • Eclipse

VIDEO/AUDIO

  • Adobe Premiere & After Effects
  • Acoustica Mixcraft
  • FL Studio
  • Ableton Live

BIM & ARCHITECTURE

  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2D
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Google Sketchup

Contact Me

helen.christofi.13@gmail.com

Apt 301
Dimitriou Mitropoulou 17
Strovolos
Nicosia
Cyprus
2013

+357 99 912 899

Eleni Christofi © 2014