Dr Aikaterini 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 the president of the Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects, delegate of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, member of the Geotechnical Chamber in Greece and the Landscape Committee of Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.
Nowadays, she is working as a freelance landscape architect and she is having a practice established in Athens since 1997. 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, 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 and public officers. She was also the co-author in books for High Schools and Universities, she wrote articles in many scientific journals and technical reports for road schemes. From 2002, she is participating as project manager and scientific adviser in EU research programs. Her broad research interests involve qualitative and quantitative methodologies of landscape character assessment, methodologies about the evaluation of tourism impacts upon the landscape, landscape indicators, the application of Geographical Information Systems in 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.