We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Green prize winners of our “Yoga House On A Cliff” competition – Bernardo Aguilar León, Eder Eulogio Lescano and Lorenzo Barghini from Peru!

Bernardo Aguilar León from Peru

"Balarq Arquitectura" is a small design office based in Lima, Peru, founded in 2010, and consists of a team of four professionals who work in collaboration with other engineering firms.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

Since 2010, our office has been executing projects at different scales, from urban and transport infrastructure projects (such as the Metropolitano de Lima stations) to medium and small-scale housing projects. We are interested in working with different urban scales and environments, because it allows us to understand their differences and explore various fields.

We have been awarded some prizes in national and private competitions which have given us important recognition in our country.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture for us is always the spatial solution to a need or a social problem; we see architecture as a service that allows us to help make the most of space, in the best possible way, from a holistic point of view.

For us, the role of the architect in our society should be that of a facilitator of urban solutions to the environmental and social problems of the city and the countryside.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

In our particular case, architecture competitions allow us to reflect and explore our theoretical concepts about design, as well as to understand and perfect our creative process.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions, beyond winning or losing, benefit us a lot because they help us to understand and know each other better as designers, they help us to work in groups and, above all, to learn to enjoy the design process.

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