Debbie Flevotomou, founder of Debbie Flevotomou Architects Ltd., London Berkeley Developments and London Ballet Theatre, is an inspirational public speaker, multi-award-winning architect, and prolific artist.
Debbie speaks passionately about THINK NATURE, a design approach that she developed whilst establishing her firm as a female-led company in architecture and the construction industry. Her subject fits well in many domains, from diversity to sustainability and from entrepreneurship to innovation and team building. She adapts her presentation to connect with her audience at any professional level or status, as well as catering for the occasion, be it an after dinner speech, keynote speech or a longer engagement. Tailored for the particular brief, she delivers engaging, motivational, inspirational and informative speeches that have enthralled audiences from New York to Casablanca and from Cancun to Monte Carlo.
In addition to her role as head architect at DFA, Debbie is also the Artistic Director of LBT, Chair of LBD a lead ballet dancer and a very active artist.
Recognised with 65 international awards, her work has featured in The Times, BBC, London Evening Standard, London & New York Build, the Oracle Times, Mayfair Musings and various construction industry magazines. She has lent her expertise to many projects, judged art competitions (including for the BBC), judged and presented numerous architectural student awards and directed the “City of Tomorrow – St. James’s and Mayfair” International Architectural Students competition.
Debbie’s latest awards include:
- Women in Architecture Award for Best Female Architect of the Year 2021
- Business Elite’s 40 Under 40, 2020
- Most Influential Woman in Architecture 2019
- Most Innovative Architect of the Year 2018
With 63 international influential conference appearances, Debbie’s unique style of engaging audiences and achieving everyone’s participation has earned her many repeated speaking invitations.
Amongst Debbie’s many professional achievements are:
- Elected Chairperson, RIBA South London – elected within the 1st year of professional career; a very significant achievement given the status-quo 10-20 years’ experience. Debbie’s success in the role earned her 6 consecutive re-elections – maximum term.
- Elected Councillor, RIBA – Following a full-term RIBA Chairmanship, Debbie assumed a wider role as a Councillor, a prominent role contested by many strong candidates with well-resourced campaigns. On both occasions, Debbie’s success was due to her passionate and inspirational personality, which enabled her to share her vision with the voting members.
Debbie’s vision of changing the world of architecture is the driving force behind her research into the environmental, financial and socioeconomic sustainability benefits of THINK NATURE design. Her research initiatives have drawn in senior industry leaders and leading Universities behind the purpose of substantiating Enviro-aesthetic Parametric Design.
"I was impressed by Debbie’s ability to adopt the length and detail of her presentation to meet the needs of the audience. On every occasion she lifted the audience in seconds with her enthusiasm, expertise and genuine passion for Biophilic and Parametric Design. Her talks have inspired audiences from construction business leaders to university students to make models which made her talk exciting and interactive. Other talks have included presenting awards to architecture students and even making the faces of those who didn’t win light up with happiness! It is always a pleasure to listen to Debbie."
Head of the Architectural Department, Vilnius Tech (VGTU university)
"Debbie talks about architecture, future of cities and sustainability matters in an engaging, interesting and inspiring way. She is a person who likes to focus on her current working idea/project and wants to keep improving while trying to collect as much useful information as possible with her thorough research skills."
Apostolos Leousis, Event Organiser