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Anastasia Kalou

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Access Greece Anastasia Kalou

Anastasia Kalou is the founder of Access Greece. She is an access consultant with a design background, specialising in inclusive design solutions for museums and heritage sites. Her work aims to increase inclusion of disabled people in the cultural and tourism sector…

Published work

Awards

  • Gold Medal, 2009 Interior Design for Public Spaces, 3rd International Biennale of Young Architects, Minsk, Belarus
    Inclusive Exhibition titled "People and Things", accessible to people with visual impairments.
  • Award Finalist, Private Company Category, Design for All Foundation, 2012, Barcelona, Spain
    "From being accessible to becoming inclusive": The metamorphosis of the travelling exhibition “Myrtis: face to face with the past”. The project was designed upon the principles of “Design for All” in order to render the exhibition accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments.
  • 8th prize, International Open Architectural Competition (Preliminary Design) Museum for Underwater Antiquities, Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), 2013, Piraeus, Greece
    Redesign of the existing cereals’ stock house building facilities (SILO) and its surrounding open space into a Museum for Underwater Antiquities and Regeneration of part of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) Coastal Zone - transformation into an open public space for outdoor activities. Collaboration with architectural studio OIKONOMIDIS-DOUMPAS LTD

Oral presentations

  • "Applying universal design to museums: empowering the community, investing in the future" International conference “Universal Design 2016, Learning from the past, designing for the future”, York, August 2016
  • “The Inclusive Museum: a step towards social interaction and social cohesion”, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, February 2015
  • “A roadmap towards inclusive destinations: Tourism for all – Inclusive hotels, an initiative by the Athens – Attica Hotel Association”, 1st World summit “Destinations for All”, Montreal, October 2014 watch video
  • “Design for All”: one theory, unlimited applications”, University of the Aegean, Department of Product & Systems Design Engineering, April 2014
  • “Applying universal design in museums: A low-cost, high-return way to augment museum audiences”, International conference “Universal Design 2012, Public space: Inspire, Challenge and Empower”, Oslo, June 2012
  • “From inspiration to production: the making of an inclusive exhibition”, Technical Chamber of Greece, March 2011
  • “Museum graphics through the inclusive design principles”, Greek Graphic Designers Association, June 2010
  • “Museum visiting as a patchwork of spatial experiences”, International, interdisciplinary conference “Narrative Spaces”, Leicester University UK, April 2010

Memberships