25 best architecture firms in Chile
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25 best architecture firms in Chile

8 Mar 2024  •  News  •  By Surabhi Patil

A narrow strip of land between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is home to an emerging architecture and design scene. From indigenous settlements to the Spanish colonial legacy to the modernist visions of contemporary architects, Chilean architecture narrates a tale of its rich cultural and geographical diversity.

With the growing challenges of extreme climate and the country's susceptibility to seismic activity, Chilean architecture has grown to adapt to environmental resilience, utilizing flexible structural systems and alternative materials. A common practice adopted by many architecture firms is to integrate indigenous building techniques with modern elements, resulting in a distinct architectural identity. The 25 architecture firms listed below underscore the adaptive nature of Chilean architecture to its unique geography. 

 

 

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Aryeh Kornfeld

1. 57STUDIO

57STUDIO is an architectural firm established in 2002 by Maurizio Angelini and Benjamín Oportot. Its work focuses on maximizing the symbiotic relationship between the building and its context. The architectural practice has garnered international recognition through publications, exhibitions, and awards. Notably, the studio won the XIV Biennial of Architecture in Chile in 2004 and was selected to exhibit at the IX Venice Biennale. In 2016, it earned the First Prize at Casa FOA Chile and received accolades at the X Ibero-American Architecture Biennial.

 

 

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Rory Gardiner

2. Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio based in Concepción, Chile, established in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. The practice is known for its experimental approach towards residential architecture as well as installations which have been showcased at various international biennials and fairs.

 

 

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Pablo Casals

3. Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto

Led by Gonzalo Mardones, Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto is an architecture studio situated in Santiago, Chile, and has an office in Miami, USA. The studio's architectural work has gained widespread recognition, with publications in leading architectural magazines and commendations at various biennales like the Barbara Cappochin International Biennale and the 18th International Architecture Biennale of Buenos Aires.

 

 

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Marcos Zegers

4. elton_léniz arquitectos

Since its establishment in 1993, elton_léniz arquitectos has undertaken a diverse array of projects independently, and by collaborating with various artists, architects, and designers. This collaborative ethos has cultivated a distinctive versatility in its design capabilities across different scales and themes, becoming a hallmark of the firm. Its portfolio encompasses a broad spectrum of projects including objects and furniture design, exhibition installations, commercial spaces, interior design, residential complexes, art galleries, office buildings, urban development projects, educational facilities, and more.

 

 

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SERGIO PIRRONE

5. LAND arquitectos

LAND arquitectos is a diverse team of architects, landscape architects, environmental and urban planners, artists, and motivators united by a shared commitment to design innovative projects that integrate the built and natural environments. From city-wide developments to individual structures, the firm considers ecological, social, real estate, regulatory, and economic factors to create informed designs capable of evolving over time. 

 

 

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6. DX Arquitectos

DX Arquitectos is a professional architecture workshop characterized by its unique collaborative culture. Comprising multidisciplinary professionals who bring diverse perspectives to each task, the team comes together to discern the best solutions for its work.

 

 

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Felipe Camus

7. DRAA / Del Rio Arquitectos Asociados

Established in 2012 in Santiago, Chile, DRAA (Del Rio Arquitectos Asociados) is an architecture office founded by Nicolas del Rio. The firm's foundation lies in a focused approach to various architectural typologies, with a specific interest in achieving outstanding design outcomes and comprehensive detailing. Within the team, ongoing discussions revolve around topics such as proportioning, tectonics, and structure, as well as the conscientious integration of materials and energy efficiency principles into projects.

 

 

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Roland Halbe

8. Izquierdo Lehmann Arquitectos

Izquierdo Lehmann Arquitectos is an architectural practice led by Luis Izquierdo W., Antonia Lehmann SB., and Cristián Izquierdo L., along with a select team of architects. Together, the firm designs buildings of various scales and programs, both public and private, as well as furniture and construction systems.

 

 

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Marcos Zegers

9. Cristián Romero Valente Arquitecto

Cristián Romero Valente started his independent practice in 2014, specializing in residential architecture across various regions of Chile. His architectural philosophy revolves around the pursuit of natural light, simplicity, environment, and the integration of clean lines. His work has garnered international acclaim, earning him recognition at the prestigious World Architecture Community Awards in 2018.

 

 

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Pablo Casals Aguirre

10. Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

Marsino Arquitectos Asociados is driven by a passion for excellent design and fueled by curiosity. Placing people at the centre of the practice, the firm integrates individuals, activities and the surroundings to create transformative experiences. The practice thrives on interdisciplinary teamwork, fostering collaboration to deliver innovative solutions.

 

 

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Esteban Arteaga

11. SAAarquitectura + territorio

SAA arquitectura+territorio was established in 2008 by architect Sergio Araneda in the Patagonia region of Chile. The firm's focus lies in exploring remote geographies, natural landscapes, and their intricacies, leading to collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches. Viewing architecture as a catalyst for provocation, transformation, and transcendence within human and contextual boundaries, the studio emphasizes dialogue between environment, program, and construction technique.

 

 

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Nico Saieh

12. ERRE Arquitectos

ERRE Arquitectos is a Chile-based architectural studio involved in residential architecture. Its projects like Casa Pujol and Casa Pret redefine residential living with light-filled interiors complemented by bold and rustic accents like wood and steel.

 

 

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Ximena Muñoz

13. Triangular

Founded by Tomás Swett Amenábar and Gabriel Diaz Riadi, Triangular is an architectural firm in Santiago, Chile. The firm believes that multiple variables converge to build good architecture. It strives towards identifying the real issues, unique to every project and determining efficient solutions via advanced strategies of architecture, sustainability, and BIM technologies.

 

 

 
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Marcelo Cáceres

14. EMa Arquitectos

EMa Arquitectos, led by Orlando Etcheberrigaray, is an architecture firm in Santiago, Chile. Known for projects such as the Lampa Cultural Center and GB House, the firm specializes in optimizing structural systems to minimize construction time associated with complex programs.

 

 

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Marcos Mendizabal

15. Nicolás Loi + Arquitectos Asociados

Nicolás Loi + Arquitectos is an architecture firm in Santiago, Chile, headed by Nicolás Loi Valenzuela. Specializing in residential, office, and facility projects, Nicolás Loi + Arquitectos is dedicated to delivering innovative architectural solutions.

 

 

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Juan Durán-Sierralta

16. Alejandro Soffia, Arquitecto

Alejandro Soffia Arquitecto is an architecture firm located in Santiago, Chile, specializing in material optimization and prefabrication techniques aimed at enhancing buildings' environmental sustainability and making quality design accessible to a broader population. Its portfolio encompasses projects of various scales and contexts, all centered around materiality, construction techniques, and architectural details.

 

 

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Nicolas Saieh

17. Juan Carlos Sabbagh Arquitectos

Juan Carlos Sabbagh established Juan Carlos Sabbagh Arquitectos in Santiago, Chile. In 2002, he collaborated with Gonzalo Cardemil to start Juan Carlos Sabbagh and Gonzalo Cardemil Arquitectos. In 2008, Sabbagh started his independent architecture firm, focusing on diverse projects across commercial, industrial, institutional, and real estate sectors.

 

 

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La Casa de Juana

18. o2 Arquitectos

o2 Arquitectos combines architecture, design, and feasibility in its projects to provide comprehensive architectural services, engaging from project inception to completion. The firm approaches each project with creativity, aiming to understand and interpret the efficient investment perspective to deliver tangible benefits to users and meet the commercial objectives of its clients.

 

 

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Cristobal Vial Decombe

19. Cristobal Vial Arquitectos

Cristóbal Vial Decombe, founder of Cristóbal Vial Arquitectos, has a rich academic background and extensive professional experience. Noteworthy achievements of the firm include winning first place in the "Costanera Entre Lagos" design competition organized by SERVIU Los Lagos in 2013 and the "Urban Image for New Chaitén" project organized by MINVU, GORE Los Lagos, and the Chilean Architects Association in 2010.

 

 

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Pablo Casals

20. Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos tailors each project to its unique requirements, seeking optimal solutions that integrate functionality, aesthetics, and context. The firm strives to bring an innovative approach to design while being rooted in architectural tradition. Its goal is to design structures that are both timeless and relevant in the modern era.

 

 

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MARCOS MENDIZABAL

21. Gubbins Arquitectos

Gubbins Arquitectos is an architecture and urbanism studio, founded in 1996 by Victor Gubbins and Pedro Gubbins. In 2017, the studio was renamed Gubbins Polidura Arquitectos with the joining of Antonio Polidura as a partner. Its portfolio comprises public and private buildings, with projects executed in different cities across Chile, from Arica to Puerto Montt. The firm has contributed to a wide variety of architectural projects, interventions in heritage architecture, single-family homes, housing complexes, office buildings, universities, schools, soccer stadiums, sports and cultural centers, shopping centers, and retail.

 

 

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22. Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

Martin Schmidt Radic Architects and Partners is an Architecture Studio led by Martin Schmidt R., specializing in the design and development of urban design projects, corporate buildings, housing, interior design, furniture, and industrial design. The firm's philosophy is based on the interaction of ideas from the location, commission, active work with the client, and unique conditions of the project.

 

 

photo_credit Pablo Casals Aguirre
Pablo Casals Aguirre

23. WMR Arquitectos

WMR Arquitectos has offices on the coast of Matanzas, Puertecillo, Sixth Region, and in the city of Santiago, Vitacura. Operating since 2005, the team comprises Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, and Macarena Rabat as its members. Its primary objective is to achieve the utmost spatial synthesis, harmonizing tension, scale, light, and local materials. Its design philosophy not only revolves around utilizing lines and planes as expressions of structural elements but also as delineations of spaces.

 

 

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Roland Halbe

24. Valdés Hagemann Architects

Nicolás Valdés and Constanza Hagemann founded Valdés Hagemann Architects in 2009. The Chilean firm strongly believes in tailoring its designs to the specific needs of every client and the distinct characteristics of each site. Its approach prioritizes a deep understanding of the unique requirements of every assignment to ensure that the final design authentically reflects all parameters.

 

 

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Bruno Giliberto

25. Oficina Bravo

Oficina Bravo is an architecture studio founded in 2013 by architect Sebastián Bravo in Santiago, Chile. Currently, the office consists of a team of architects engaged in the various aspects of design including transformation and restoration of existing buildings. Oficina Bravo has a diverse portfolio featuring interventions on heritage buildings, proposals for commercial and gastronomic spaces, as well as the design of homes and public facilities.

 

The '25 best firms' series is curated by the Archello editorial team. The selection is based on a number of factors including the number of shortlisted and winning entries in the Archello Awards, the number of projects a firm has uploaded to its Archello profile, the number of projects that have been featured by Archello, as well as the size and quality of the projects included in each firm's Archello portfolio.