Congratulations Gioia Portolan Gianniotis - Hear them Roar

Congratulations to the sensational and talented Gioia Portolan Gianniotis, founder of GPG Architecture & Design, who has been selected to feature in the Women in Business HEAR THEM ROAR video series. The series will celebrate the success of women who have achieved outstanding outcomes while living and working locally.

Gioia is a registered Architect and established GPG Architecture & Design in February 2006. GPG undertakes a diverse range of residential, public and commercial projects and assists clients in various aspects of design and architecture. GPG’s main point of difference is to incorporate innovative and energy efficient solutions into projects while also being cost effective.

In the 10 years since the establishment of GPG, Gioia has developed an efficient and well-known multi- disciplinary practice with projects located throughout the Riverina, Orange, South Mountains and Albury/ Wodonga regions. Employing a team of three staff while also leading teams of numerous contractors of various specialties, her business continues to develop with many successful and multi-million dollar projects in construction and on the drawing board.

Prior to starting GPG, Gioia spent ten years at world-renowned architectural company, The Cox Group under many influential architects. Whilst working with the Cox Group, Gioia was involved in designing many award winning projects.

Gioia’s move to Wagga Wagga in March 2004 from Sydney was for a lifestyle change. She now has two gorgeous boys, Oscar 9 and Rohan 7 and together with her husband Paul, live a well-balanced life in rural NSW. The move to Wagga Wagga created an exciting opportunity for Gioia to establish her own practice and the ability to concentrate more of her time on sustainable building projects that are her passion.

Throughout her career Gioia has been involved in many professional bodies, forums and community activities including being a mentor within the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Mentoring Program. Despite her regional location, Gioia is keen to participate in this and other programs, giving her the opportunity to contribute to the success of others within the architectural community.

Gioia is also interested in gaining the engagement of children and young adults with decision-making for the future of the built environment. Over the last two years she has attended a local school, Mater Dei Primary, to deliver talks to year 6 students. Her practice, GPG Architecture and Design also regularly hosts work experience students from all over the region.

In her desire to promote architecture and the built environment to the community, Gioia has also been involved with TAFE NSW as a Trainer and Assessor within both the Construction and Interior design faculties. She is currently upgrading her qualifications to re-commence vocational education with Wagga Wagga TAFE within the Construction Department.

Gioia was also involved recently in a series of seminars facilitated by the local Council, Smart Homes - Winning ways to save. The seminars focused on presenting the community with energy efficient ways to build or renovate a home. She has been involved in several educational materials produced by the NSW Board of Architects informing the community about Architecture.

Gioia is a prominent figure and leader in her field, being invited to speak on several occasions publicly by local Council and schools. She is passionate about increasing the representation of female leadership within the general business arena and in the construction industry, which is evident with all the community work she does.

Mayfly Media will produce Gioia video story in coming months for cinematic release later in the year.

Stay tuned for more announcements about the women who have been selected to participate in this fantastic initiative.

Cristy Houghton

Embarketing, 48 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.