Takis Yalelis ( Τάκης Γιαλελής ) was born in Athens in 1961.
He studied architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Architecture, while also receiving a minor diploma in photography. After working in New Jersey and New York for a year he continued his studies at the State U of New York at Buffalo where he specialized in Building Technology. He received a Masters in Architecture in 1987.
Takis Yalelis returned to Greece in 1987 and established his own practice in 1992. Since 1994 the office has been operating under the title Design+structureS.
Under the new office name the practice has produced numerous houses ranging from small residencies and villas to projects for private companies ranging from new buildings, interiors and industrial design. Later in 1994 Mr Yalelis formed a partnership with Aggeliki Psara, a civil engineer herself, with whom they hold a second office at Theologos, a town situated 100 km away from Athens. Over 200 houses, summer resorts and housing complexes have been constructed in that area since then.
The work of Takis Yalelis is known for its continuous search for new shapes and materials on which a modern yet familiar architecture may come about, taking into consideration the practical needs and targets of his clients.
Takis Yalelis architectural office undertakes small and large scale projects which can be supported up to the actual construction in collaboration with subcontractors, familiar with the practices techniques.