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Elina Grigoriou is a London-based Interior Designer, Sustainability and Wellbeing Expert who passionately believes that style and sustainability can be mutually inclusive. With 18 years experience in the commercial interior design sector, she has extensive knowledge of human-centric design to complement her natural creative talent and passion for sustainability. She is an industry specialist in designing for wellbeing, conducting research and applying knowledge at every opportunity, continuously raising awareness of best practice on designing for wellbeing and sustainability in the built environment.

Elina is a RICS Accredited SKA rating assessor, and her support and technical involvement in the SKA rating initiative since 2007, has been instrumental in bringing the system into effect. She represents GI as a RICS SKA Development Partner, is the SKA Technical Advisor to the RICS, and is Chair of the SKA Technical Committee; in addition, she advises on its future development and international expansion. In 2017 Elina was awarded Honorary Membership to the RICS in recognition for all her dedication and work promoting sustainability in the property sector.

Due to her leadership thinking, Elina is regularly invited by industry bodies to participate in steering meetings, inspire audiences at public events, participate in industry or social debates, contribute in research work and is a frequent contributor to articles on design, wellbeing and sustainability. 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.Elina published her book ‘Wellbeing in Interiors: Philosophy, Design and Value in Practice’ in 2019.

More about Elina…

You could say that my career in interior design started as a teenager, when my decorating attempts involved papering my walls with posters of Mel Gibson, Madonna and Top Gun! Meanwhile, my experience of being signed up by a premiership basketball team in Athens showed me the importance of working together as a team to achieve a common goal.

“My notion of wellbeing in the built environment was initially brought to focus through information around the negative effects from unregulated use of plastic materials in interior flooring. Furthering materials and design research, and combining it with the study of Practical Philosophy and transcendental meditation, I continuously gain wider understanding on what and how interiors can be used positively to allow human flourishing and support a better life.”

Where I find inspiration:Everywhere! The essence of a project is defined by my clients’ needs and their vision. From there, design solutions are informed by things that have inspired me – and that could be a postcard, theatre tickets, poison ivy or graffiti on a wall.