Elina Grigoriou is a London-based Interior Designer and Sustainability Expert who passionately believes that "fashionable" and "green" need not be mutually exclusive. With particular expertise in sustainable interior design for the commercial sector, Elina's work ranges from corporate offices to business clubs, restaurants and car showrooms. Specific projects have included designing a Training Centre and main base facility for Virgin Atlantic, as well as the flagship for The B.Hive Club in Covent Garden, London and Starwood Hotel & Resorts Trade Show 2012Concept in Berlin, Germany (2013 Sustain Award Finalist). Prior to setting up her own practice in March 2009 with her sister Angeliki, Elina worked at PDP Group for 7 years and 2 years at careyjones interiors as a senior Interior Designer. A leading industry figure in interior design and environmental change, Elina is a RICS Accredited SKA rating assessor, and her support and technical involvement in the SKA rating initiative has been instrumental in bringing the system into effect. She represents GI as a RICS SKA Development Partner, is the Technical Editor, and chairs the Technical Committee, in addition to advising on its future development and international expansion. Voted one of the Top50 Rising Stars of Sustainability in Building magazine (March2012), Elina raises awareness of good design, wellbeing issues and sustainable practice to the industry through articles, cross industry debates, award ceremonies and speaking at events in addition to her own company’s work. Recent significant industry contributions include the 2014 WGBC report ‘Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices” and a 2014 FGF white paper ‘Wellbeing Matters; assessing views on the impact of the built environment on wellbeing.’ In March 2013, Grigoriou Interiors co-founded the Feeling Good Foundation with The Building Centre Trust following on from Elina’s efforts to raise awareness around the impacts of the built environment on wellbeing. Elina contributes to and chairs numerous industry events and workgroups on wellbeing in the built environment, in addition to guest speaking in conferences and private organisations.
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