ALÓS is a New York based design practice for architecture, landscape, objects and stories.
The practice is led by Lydia Xynogala. Recently completed projects include interiors for an Brooklyn art space, a Madison Avenue Jewelry Store, a Victorian House renovation in Knightsbridge, a new private house and the refurbishment of three guesthouses in the Greek islands. They have been featured in DOMUS, Wallpaper*, Dezeen, AD, ArchDaily, Corriere Dela Serra, and in a book by Rizzoli among other publications.
Our work appropriates and modifies raw materials, surface testing, laboratory experiments, sampling as well as the distinct representation methods that emerge from botany, geology and chemistry.
For each project we do extensive research on material cultures and history to establish a dialogue with form and space making. In our process we are interested in designs that address a range scales from the detail to the urban.
Born in Athens, Lydia Xynogala holds a Masters degree from Princeton University, and Bachelor degrees in Architecture from the Cooper Union and the Bartlett School of Architecture, U.C.L. Prior to her independent practice she worked in several housing, educational, and urban projects at offices in New York, London, and Barcelona.
Her work on the relationship between chemistry, material cultures and the built environment has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Van Alen Institute, Society of Architectural Historians, Chemical Heritage Foundation, History of Science Society and ACSA among other venues. Recent writings have been published in Kerb Journal, Pidgin and A Public Space.
Xynogala is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and at the City College of New York. She has previously taught design studios, seminars and workshops at The Cooper Union, Princeton University and Rensellaear Polytechnic Institute. Xynogala is a recipient of a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Thesis Prize, Humanities Prize and the John Leslie Design award from the Cooper Union, and the Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship from Princeton University.