Katerina Gkoltsiou has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Aegean in Greece, a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, U.K., and a diploma in Αgriculture from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. She is President of IFLA Europe (2021-2023), President of the Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects (PHALA) (2016-present), and member of the Geotechnical Chamber in Greece (1997-present).
She was Vice President of Professional Practice of the European Federation of Landscape Architects (2019-2021), Delegate of PHALA-Greece in IFLA Europe (2016-2019) and member of the Landscape Committee of Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (2016).
In 1997, she founded her practice on Landscape Architecture, in Athens-Greece (www.katerinagoltsiou.gr ). She specializes in a wide range of services in the design, construction and research sector of landscape architecture. Her landscape expertise involves the landscape design of public and private projects, landscape assessment, and landscape restoration projects. She is also a partner of AGRODESIGN ( www.agrodesign.gr ), in order to promote rural tourism and to provide innovative ideas concerning the landscape design of agritourism farms and agricultural landscape.
She was giving lectures about landscape design and research in lifelong learning programs for adults, public officers and as part time teacher at the Agricultural University of Athens (MLA course).
She is also the co-author in books for High Schools and Universities, she wrote articles in many scientific journals and technical reports. From 2002, she is participating as project manager and scientific adviser in EU research programs. Her broad research interests involve landscape character assessment, landscape analysis, as well
as policies and methods for raising awareness among the civil society, private organisations, and public authorities about the value of landscapes and their protection.