Dimitris Potiropoulos was born in Athens in 1953. He is the son of Rigas and Aliki. He studied Architecture at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, in Germany. During his studies, he served as a Scientific Associate at the Chair of Free Hand Drawing from 1978 to 1980. He specialized in Architectural Design and was awarded a special commendation for his project “Residential Proposal in the Historical Centre of Reutlingen”. He completed his studies in 1981.
From 1978 to 1989, he worked in the beginning as a student and later on as an associate architect in architectural offices, among others in Konstantinos Kapsabelis’ office, Professor Helmut Striffler’s studio, and Alexandros Tompazis’ office. In parallel, he started his own studio, in 1982 and participated in architectural competitions.
In 1987 he started collaborating with his wife, architect Liana Nella-Potiropoulou and in 1989 they established in partnership their own firm “Potiropoulos D+L Architects”. He has been repeatedly awarded prizes and has received distinctions in architectural competitions. Among them: 1st Prize for the Museum of Natural History in Samos, 3rd Prize for the T.E.E. (Technical Chamber of Greece) Building Complex in Maroussi, 2nd Prize for the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, 1st Prize for the Refurbishment of the Ekmetzoglou, Listed Silk-Mill in Volos, Distinction for The Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, etc. Projects of his have been published in the Greek and international press and have also been presented at exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Lectures and publications of his concern issues of architectural theory, as well as projects and studies of the office. He is co–founder of the “Hellenic Institute of Architecture”.
Projects undertaken by his office include many well known buildings and complexes, such as the Tricha Residence in Filothei, the Olympic Aviation Building Complex at the Athens International Airport, the Refurbishment of “Grande Albergo delle Rose” Hotel in Rhodes, the Olympic Tennis Centre at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, the Mercedes-Benz Hellas Building Facilities at Attiki Odos, the Flisvos Marina etc.
In January 1992, together with his wife Liana Nella-Potiropoulou had their son, Rigas.