Lys Villalba (Madrid, 1981) is a spanish architect and independent researcher, graduated in Architecture at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid with honors in her Thesis Project. Her trajectory demonstrates a dense interest in creative disciplines, combining practice with teaching & research worldwide.
After working at the architecture studios FOA-Foreign Office Architects in London (UK), Herzog & de Meuron in Basel (Switzerland) and Izaskun Chinchilla Architects in Madrid (Spain), Lys is currently developing architecture and design projects independently and within the collectives Zoohaus, Leon11 and Mecedorama. In 2011 and 2012 Lys was part of the editorial team of Arquitectura Viva magazine, editing over a dozen issues and contributing images and book reviews.
Since 2009 Lys is developing with Zoohaus (a networking multidisciplinary platform) the research project Inteligencias Colectivas (Collective Inteligences): an open online platform and free database which brings together knowledge about non-standard techniques that blend craftsmanship and semi-industrialized products from different regions of the world. Her research work is complemented with the production of prototypes in workshops, developed in collaboration wih local agents in several countries such as Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Japan, Equatorial Guinea, China, the United States and Spain, all with the aim of promoting innovation and establishing multidisciplinary networks. In 2013 Inteligencias Colectivas was selected by The Museum of Modern Art / MoMA to develop Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, a 13-month project and exhibition curated by Pedro Gadanho and showed in 2014 and 2015 at the MoMA in New York and at the MAK in Vienna.
Lys is a professor at IED Madrid since 2012, and has been visiting professor and guest critic at different architecture schools worldwide, such as the Lebanese American University (New York, USA), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) or FAU Arquitectura (Santiago, Chile); and lecturer at Columbia GSAPP/Andrés Jaque Studio (New York, USA), New Jersey Institute of Technology/Ana Peñalba Studio (New Jersey, USA) or Keio University/Jorge Almazán Lab (Tokyo, Japan); and researcher at Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo, Japan). Her research and architecture projects have been featured in magazines including Arquitectura Viva, MoMA Ed., World Architecture Magazine, Urbanism and Architecture, Summa, Domus web, The Guardian, The New York Times, DD Damdi Magazine Korea, and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art New York, MAK Viena and Tokyo Wonder Site.
Her work has received several international prizes, including the II Beca de Investigación en Nueva York Fundación Arquia / Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando 2016 and this year has been nominated to the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 2016 - Architecture.
Lys is currently developing the research Delirious New York: 40th Year Update as a Visiting Scholar at GSAPP Columbia University (New York).