After living and studying in London, in 2012 Loreto Lyon and Alejandro Beals founded the architecture studio BEALS LYON ARQUITECTOS, an independent practice whose more recent work includes private houses, the winning installation for the Chilean version of the YAP 2012/2013 (MoMA – PS1 Young Architects’ Program) and winning proposals for public buildings, such as a council building in Central Chile and the ‘New Library of National Congress’, in Santiago’s historical centre.
Their work has been widely published in books and magazines, such as ‘Blanca Montaña’ (Ed. Puro Chile), ‘Wood Architecture Now!’(Taschen), ORIS, ARQ, Trace, Summa+, 2G Dossier and The Architectural Review. In 2016 Ediciones ARQ publishes the monograph 'Beals Lyon Arquitectos: Public Voids', featuring a selection of works about public architecture
Their work was selected for the Architectural Biennial of Santiago (2008), the Pan-American Quito Biennial (2009) and the London Festival of Architecture (2013), where they showcased the project for the New National Congress Library in the exhibition 'Atlas of the Unbuilt World', curated by the British Council. In 2013 they exhibited at the MoMA in New York and MAXXI in Rome, as winners of the Chilean version of the MoMA-PS1 Young Architects Program 2012 (YAP-CONSTRUCTO). Also in 2013, they are nominees for the ‘Lisbon Triennale Début Award’ and the “Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative'. In 2016 the project 'Nancagua Town Hall' is nominated for the ‘MCHAP Emerge Prize 2014/15’ (IIT Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize).
Loreto Lyon earned the title of Architect from Universidad Católica de Chile in 2005, having completed undergraduate studies at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). In 2011 she got a Master of Science degree in ‘Environmental Design and Engineering’ from the Bartlett, University College of London (UCL).
Between 2005 and 2010 she worked as associated architect with the Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. In 2012 founded Beals Lyon Arquitectos along with Alejandro Beals.
She regularly gives lectures and workshops at various Universities. Since 2009 she teaches a studio unit at Universidad Católica de Chile and at Universidad Andrés Bello.
Alejandro Beals received the title of Architect from Universidad Católica de Chile in 2001, having completed undergraduate studies at Escuela Técnica Superior de Barcelona (ETSAB). In 2013 he got a Master of Philosophy degree at the Royal College of Art, London, where he researched about blurriness and ambiguity in architecture, under the supervision of professor Nigel Coates.
Between 2001 and 2006 he worked as associated architect with Mathias Klotz and later collaborated with Smiljan Radic on various projects and competitions. He has been working as an independent architect since 2009.
Since 2003 he teaches sporadically a studio unit at Universidad Católica de Chile.
Competitions & Awards
Nomination for IIT MCHAP Emerge (Nancagua Town Hall: A new Public Threshold), Illinois (February 2016)
Honorable Mention: ‘UC Architecture Faculty Building”. Open Competition. Santiago, Chile (2015)
First Prize: ‘High School in Punitaqui’. Public Competition. IV Region, Chile (2015)
First Prize: ‘Lo Contador FADEU Masterplan (Architecture and Design Faculty)’. Open Competition. Santiago, Chile (2015)
Joint Winner of ‘Patagonia Virgin House Competition’. Chile (2014)
Nomination for Debut Award at Lisbon Architecture Triennale: Close, Closer. Lisbon (2013)
First Prize: ‘New Building for the Library of the National Congress’. Public Competition. Santiago, Chile (2013)
Premio Mayor UDD a Obra Construida. Categoría Obra mínima, con ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’, Chile (2013)
First Prize: ‘Nancagua’s New Town Hall’. Public Competition. Nancagua, Chile (2012)
First Prize: ‘YAP (MoMA Young architects’ Program) – CONSTRUCTO Chile 2012/13 (2012)
Selected Project: ‘Royal Parks Drinking Fountain Design’. Public Competition. London (2010)
First Prize: ‘Boca Sur Community Centre’. Public competition, in association with Smiljan Radic. Concepción, Chile (2009)
First Prize: ‘Vik Millahue Winery’. Private Competition, in association with Smiljan Radic. Apalta, Chile (2007)
Exhibitions & Lectures
Beals Lyon Arquitectos: Vacíos Públicos / Public Voids (lecture and exhibition). Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad Católica. Santiago, Chile (2016)
IIT MCHAP Emerge 2014/15 Exhibition (Illinois Institute of Technology Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize): ‘Nancagua Town Hall: A New Public Threshold’. Illinois (2016)
25 Architects, 1 Exhibition: ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. Art-Cade Gallery, Marseille. France (2016)
LFA (London Festival of Architecture), Atlas of the Unbuilt World: ‘New Building for the National Congress Library’. Exhibition organized and curated by the British Council. London (2013)
‘Arquitectura y Procesos’ (lecture). CAC Sub 40, Centro de Arquitectura Contemporánea. Santiago, Chile (2013)
‘In Between’ (lecture). Ciclo La Forma, Universidad San Sebastián. Santiago Chile (2013)
‘Landscape and Architecture’ (lecture). Universidad Diego Portales. Santiago, Chile (2013)
‘Proyectos Recientes’. Universidad Autónoma (lecture). Temuco, Chile (2012)
MAXXI Roma: Winner Project of the Young Architects Program (YAP) 2012: The Garden of Forking Paths. Roma (2013)
MoMA NY, Winner Projects of the Young Architects Program (YAP) 2012: The Garden of Forking Paths. New York (2013)
RCA: Interim Show 2011, Research Exhibition. Royal College of Art. London (2011)
RCA: Interim Show 2010, Research Exhibition. Royal College of Art. London (2010)
Bienal Panamericana de Quito: ‘House for two Golf Players’. Quito (2009)
16º Bienal de Arquitectura de Santiago: ‘House on Lake Rupanco’. Santiago (2008)
‘Beals Lyon Arquitectos: Vacíos Públicos / Public Voids’. ARQ Monografías. Ed. ARQ, Santiago (2016)
‘25 Architects, 1 Exhibition: The Garden of Forking Paths’. Exhibition Catalogue, Art Cade Gallery. Marseille, France (2016)
‘Cantina Vik, Millahue, Chile’. Casabella 851-852, p. 42-61. Jul/Aug (2015)
‘YAP Constructo 2013: El Jardin de los Senderos que se Bifurcan’. Pulso 2: Nueva Arquitectura en Latinoamérica”. P. 286-295. Constructo, Santiago (2014)
‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. LW Landscape World 79, p. 150-158. Korea (Marzo 2015)
‘Nueva Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional’. ARQ 88: Patrimonios. Ed. ARQ, Santiago. (Dic 2014)
Concursos de Arquitectura en Chile: Su Aporte al Desarrollo Cultural y a la Calidad de Vida. Ed. Consejo de la Cultura y las Artes. Santiago (2014)
‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. Area 133: Chile. p. 168-173. Italia (Marzo-Abril 2014)
‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. Icon 121: Film. Ed. Douglas Murphy P.39-40. Media 10 Limited. Loughton, UK (July 2013)
‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. ORIS 81, p. 104-113. Zagreb (2013)
‘Landscape in Detail, Detail in Landscape’ (article). ORIS 80, p. 202-209. Zagreb (2013)
‘Beals+Lyon Rediscovers Flanerie’. MARK 45, 75°South, p. 54-55 (Aug/Sep 2013)
‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. ARCHIWORLD 220, Special Pavilion, p. 124-131 (2013)
‘Trazando Senderos’. Todo Obras 128 (Julio 2013)
‘The Garden of Forking Paths’. ARQ 83: Buildings. Landscapes. Cities, p. 36-43. Ed. ARQ, Santiago (January 2013)
‘YAP Constructo: The Garden of the Forking Paths’. TRACE 07, LATINOAMERICA, p.26-35. Constructo, Santiago (2013)
‘New Building for the National Congress Library’. Atlas of the Unbuilt World, Exhibition Catalogue. London (2013)
‘Small Scale, Slow Scale’, article. TRACE 06: S-M-L-XL, p.124-131. Santiago (2012)
‘Beals Lyon: The Garden of Forking Paths’. YAP_CONSTRUCTO 2010_2012. Santiago (2012)
‘In Wood Land: House on Lake Rupanco´. Design Today Vol XI nº10. P.62-65 Living Media India, New Delhi. July 2012
‘Beals Lyon Arquitectos: House on Lake Rupanco’. 100 Contemporary Houses. P.94-99 Ed. Taschen, Cologne (2012)
‘Cubierta Unificadora’. Summa+ 112. Especial Casas, p.52-55. Buenos Aires (2011)
‘The Power of Uncertainty’, article. Seismic Shifts, Royal College of Art Architecture Annual. London (2011)
‘Casa en lago Rupanco’. Blanca Montaña: Arquitectura reciente en Chile. Ed. Puro Chile. Santiago (2011)
‘House on Lake Rupanco’. Wood Architecture Now!. Ed. Taschen (2011)
‘Casa Para Dos Golfistas’. ARQ 75: Casas. Ed. ARQ, Santiago (2010)
‘Twin Peaks’. The Architectural Review: Houses by Emerging Architects. pp.79-81 (January 2009)
‘Size Matters’, article. Pop-Up Politics, Royal College of Art Architecture Annual 2010. London (2010)
‘House on Lake Rupanco’, Arquitectura Verde. Ed. Monsa, Barcelona (2010)
‘House on Lake Rupanco’. New Green Homes. Ed. Loft, Barcelona (2009/2010)
‘Casa en Lago Rupanco’. 2G Dossier Iberoamérica: Arquitectura Emergente. Ed. Gustavo Gili, Barcelona (2008)
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