ALÓS is an architecture and design practice based in New York and Athens. Our projects explore relations between sites, material properties and cultural narratives at various scales. They are articulated in buildings, objects, environments, experiments and writings. 

ALÓS is directed by Lydia Xynogala. Born in Athens, she 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, and History of Science Society among other venues. Her designs and building projects have been featured in numerous magazines and publications such as Domus, Wallpaper, AD, A Public Space, Kerb Journal, and in a forthcoming book by Rizzoli.

Xynogala teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and at the City College of New York. Previously she has taught design studios, history/theory and technology seminars at The Cooper Union and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


2016 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant Fellowship. Architecture/ Design/ Environmental Structures

2011 Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship, Princeton University

2010 Princeton University Fellowship for Graduate Studies

2010 J.F. Coustopoulos Prize, Princeton Hellenic Studies Department.

2009 The Irma Weiss Thesis Prize for Exceptional Creative Potential, The Cooper Union

2009 George Leslie Fund Design Award, The Cooper Union

2007 The Humanities Prize, The Cooper Union

2006-2009 Full-tuition Scholarship, The Cooper Union



material expanses alos, (ancient greek) genitive,  sea (female),  salt (male)