9 July 2018
By Georgios Askounis
KLH welcomes Georgios to the team!
Tell us a bit about your background?
Coming from Greece and brought up in an environment of civil engineers, it never occurred to me to work on anything but buildings. As a kid I would use the spoon to shape roads and blocks in my soup... I know, wrong dish to build cities on!
After my MEng in Civil Engineering in Greece, I moved to London for an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL, eager to specialise in sustainable buildings and to make my first step towards exploring the world.
Sustainable buildings have been my passion and the core of my work since then. I’ve worked in the UK and Spain and have been involved in numerous and diverse projects ranging from zero carbon building design and master-planning energy strategy development to corporate carbon strategy and EU energy business opportunities investigation.
Where did you first hear about KLH Sustainability?
Last year I bumped into an interesting post from KLH Sustainability. It was investigating the carbon neutrality potential of concrete and steel and, using science and logic, led to a very interesting and sensible conclusion that provided me with food for thought.
Being fond of applying scientific knowledge to respond to questions raised in our everyday work, I found the idea brilliant and the approach on tackling the research question simple, smart and efficient.
Since then, I’ve kept checking their newsletter every now and then and have grown to think highly of the team at KLH sustainability.
What made KLH Sustainability stand out for you to work for?
Before contacting Kirsten to introduce myself, I had a browse through the KLH Sustainability website. I ended up spending ages on that website, finding myself clicking on all links, being genuinely interested in exploring the projects, studying the research posts, reading the newsletter and finding out more about the team. And it was one of their endorsements that really struck me: ‘they are just really clever people who keep sustainability at the heart of the project’. At that moment I realised I wanted to become part of the team.
What is your current role at KLH Sustainability?
I’m joining KLH Sustainability as an Associate Sustainability Advisor and, as such, have a range of responsibilities. I will be responsible for developing the energy and building physics part of our consultancy offering, in line with the vision to offer a more holistic sustainability service. As an Associate, I will also be supporting the more junior team members in their professional development, as well as seeking out new business opportunities for KLH. Finally, I will be tackling some of KLH’s existing projects including East Wick and Sweetwater, and Apartments for London.
How do you see yourself going forward within KLH Sustainability?
Being a curious mind, I very much look forward to working on projects within the wider sustainability spectrum and expanding my knowledge. The variety of projects means that we never stop learning, bettering ourselves and applying new ideas to practical situations, which will make the everyday work challenging and exciting.
I anticipate collaborating and brainstorming with my new team, finding new ways to make things more sustainable. And I’m also planning to use my energy and building physics knowledge and experience to build a successful new service offering.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Such a difficult question... From my point of view, the word sustainability is trying to encompass a wide and diverse set of ideas. Sustainable is resilient, adaptive, respectful, smart or thoughtful. Or, most likely, all of the above.
At the end of the day, being sustainable is about remaining cognisant of the balance within and between the environment, our society, technology and business.