Architect and Planner Worked on Georgetown Waterfront Renewal

Monday, May 11, 2009

Angelos C. Demetriou, 79, an internationally known architect, city planner and urban designer who worked on projects to revitalize the Georgetown waterfront and Washington's West End, as well as designs for the capital of Pakistan, died April 14 at a hospital in Athens. He had lung cancer and pneumonia.

Mr. Demetriou founded an architectural firm, Angelos Demetriou and Associates, in Washington in 1972.

He designed private houses, churches and other buildings, but he was primarily known for giving shape to large-scale projects. He did some of the early planning for renewal projects in St. Mary's County, Norfolk and Wise Point, Va., as well as the Georgetown waterfront and the West End. He also designed three embassies on Massachusetts Avenue.

In addition to his work in Washington, Mr. Demetriou did urban planning for Wilmington, Del., and cities in Alabama, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey. In the 1970s, he helped develop urban renewal plans for Atlantic City. He also designed a new town near Vienna for the Austrian government.

Beginning in 1983, Mr. Demetriou was a founding partner of Architects International in Washington. He spent considerable time in Oman, where he designed villas, palaces and mosques.

At the same time, he prepared urban design plans for cities on his native island of Cyprus, where he became a leader in redevelopment.

Angelos Cosmas Demetriou was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, and graduated from the University of Athens.

Early in his career, as a principal associate of the influential Greek city planner Constantinos A. Doxiadis, he designed a university in Pakistan and had a major role in planning the city of Islamabad.

In 1963, Mr. Demetriou came to Washington to open an office for Doxiadis.

For the past six years, Mr. Demetriou divided his time between Washington and Athens, where he advised city officials on redevelopment matters such as converting streets into pedestrian walkways.

He was also an early proponent of creating a "ring road" around the city to alleviate urban congestion.

He received many architectural awards, and a street in his home town on Cyprus is being named in his honor.

His wife of 56 years, Eleni Demetriou, died in 2007.

Survivors include two children, architect Olvia Demetriou Adamstein of Washington and Cosmas Demetriou of New York; a brother, Vasillis Demetriou of Washington; a sister, Illiana Avraamides of Cyprus; and four grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

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