PYO ARQUITECTOS is an architecture office based in Madrid (Spain) directed by Ophélie Herranz Lespagnol (Angers, France, 1981) and Paul Galindo Pastre (Paris, France, 1980). After studying at the Lycée Français de Madrid, they graduated as architects at the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and complemented their education with an academic year at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. Since 2009 they are developing their research work as Phd candidates at the ETSAM as part of the Advanced Architectural Projects Program.
Before founding PYO arquitectos, they worked as project architects for Rafael Beneytez and Solid Arquitectura (Soto & Maroto Arquitectos) in Madrid, and for SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP) in New York. They are currently working in close collaboration with the architecture office NOMOS Groupement d’architectes based in Switzerland.
Ophélie and Paul have been working as a team since 2002, carrying out academic projects, taking part in local and international competitions in which they have obtained several prizes.
They have been invited as guest critics at the Haute École d'Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva (Switzerland), at Columbia University (GSAPP) in Paris (France), at URJC, ESAYT, and the ETSAM, all of them in Madrid. Paul has teached as assistant professor at ETSAM Architectural Projects Department during 2010 spring semester.
Their projects have also been subject of collective exhibitions on different occasions in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, the United States and Argentina, highlighting "Export, Spanish Architecture Abroad" at the ICO Museum in Madrid and "Cut 'n' Paste : From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City "at the MoMA in New York.
Their built projects includes the Casa Tmolo in Asturias, several housing renovation in Madrid, and Vonna, a kitchen showroom in Madrid. In partnership with Nomos Groupement d'Architectes, several housing developments in Geneva have recently been completed: Similor and Sumisura. Currently, they are involved in the construction of a center for handicapped for Morija ONG instalations in Kaya, Burkina Faso.
In 2013 they launch OPYO, as a section of PYO arquitectos focused on furniture design and edition.
Their work has been widely published in periodicals and books, among which we can briefly point out “Future”, “AV Proyectos”, “L’Arca”, “2G”, "El Pais", "Tmagazine","Quaderns" and “Actar”. in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, U.S.A. and Argentina. In 2007, PYO was selected to take part in FRESHFORWARD