ARCH+H.R is an international studio of architecture located in Copenhagen, Rome, and the Chilean Patagonia. We have 35 YEARS of professional experience in ARCHITECTURE & GLOBAL CHALLENGES: Human rights, Humanitarian emergencies, Cultural Architecture, and Climate Change, among others.

Our academic and research activity has been developed in the best school of architecture of Europe and Latin America

We have designed and built more than 200.000 m2 around the world: Chile, Spain, Cuba, Italy, Mozambique, India, Egypt, Denmark, The Middle East, Nepal, Brazil, etc.

Our work has received a wide recognition and awards in Three continents and, the most important; it has benefited to THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE in the most vulnerable communities of the planet. ARCH+H.R Looks for (E)quality.


ARCH+H.R. has been part with Escola da Cidade and MSTC of Sao Paulo, among other companies and universities, of the group which brings ahead a successful model for occupied buildings by squatters. Hotel Cambridge occupied by 500 people, some years ago, will receive 125 families in a new system of social economic organization where private owners, the commune, universities, architecture studios and social movements agree a model to use the empty buildings in the Centre of Sao Paulo. This model will benefit thousands of people without house, will save money to the government, and will give a stable income to the private owners and social banks.

BRAZIL, Sao Paulo 2022


Studio of Cristiana Pasquini, Escola da Cidade, and ARCH+H.R. create a wooden public space in a social neighbourhood in the area of P. Prudente. This public space is the main encounter point in an area of 5.000 housing and 20.000 inhabitants. The project is inspired by the wooden construction of the Amazonas and the pictures of Sebastiao Salgado, who shows his new work in SESC Pompeia Sao Paulo, an extraordinary Social Centre by Lina Bo Bardi.

Brazil, Sao Paulo 2022

images@Andres Lagunas 2020

PURI-GLOBAL (ex-uwad) Chile

PURI-GLOBAL (ex-uwad), a project of “global bridges” Upcycling Water in Atacama Desert 2020-2023

The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest desert in the world. Antofagasta is the biggest city in this area, with the lowest rate of Urban Green Spaces (UGS) in Chile: 6 times less than the minimum suggested by World Health Organization (WHO) 9.0m2/Inhabitant. This index directly affects the health condition of the population, from a psychological and physical perspective.

On the other hand, 90% of the Antofagasta´s inhabitants has no or scarce access to the UGS. This phenomenon contributes to the inequality and social unbalance.

In the North of Chile, the main factor to improve UGS is the access to the water.

UWAD is a project in the Atacama Desert, with Scandinavian technology, to separate grey and black water and recycling 100% of the grey water that we produce in a house or building. We can recover each day 100L/person to irrigate UGS and reaching the minimum standard of health that WHO asks for.

Partners ARCH+H.R. SC-2030.DK /IVL.SE /ICK.CL/ ARGES.CL / BHP Foundation/ Fundación Chile/Ministry of Housing of Chile /Ministry of Education of Chile/CONAF.CL/

AWARD: International competition Sumate BHP 2020

Pudeto School copyright@Geno Munoz 2012

Pudeto School, Chile

The 1.040 children of the fisherman neighborhood of Pudeto in the Chilean Patagonia might travel in 2004 to other areas of the city to study because of the bad conditions of their local school.

The main goal of this project is (e)quality; Social Equality and Architecture Quality. We used our method Cultural Architecture and the experience of the local carpenters to increase in 50% the square meters of the school with the same public budget. We expended 4 years to convince the government to build the school with WOOD.

The 4.500 m2 expresses the local identity and the 1.040 children can create a feeling of belonging to the school, neighborhood, and their local culture.

Project and Construction 2004-2010. Commune of Ancud, Chilean Ministry of Education, Jorge Lobos+Associate Architects and ARCH+H.R.

AWARD: Finalist 13th Triennale of Sophia INTERACH Bulgaria 2012

MAMV copyright@Cristian Gilchrist 2007

MAMV, Chile

Puerto Montt, Chilean Patagonia 2001-2018

The Archaeological Museum Monte Verde receives in 4.000 m2 the oldest human presence in the American Continent. This scientific discoverment has contributed to complete the human settlement theory of the occupation of the planet.

The extraordinary scientific work found out a small temporary settlement with timber constructions and around of 14.000 years, what is exceptional because of the vulnerable conditions of the timber.

This building in timber receives the most valuable pieces of this ancient culture which developed its cosmovision through the forest wood. This project is a key element to reinforce the local identity, proudness, and the economic development of the region.

Partners; Monte Verde Foundation – Puerto Montt Commune – University Austral – Chilean Ministry of Culture – R + rådgivning ApS Denmark – Jorge Lobos + associate architects and ARCH+H.R.

AWARD: Fondart Chile 2005

Squatters in Sao Paulo

Homeless families & empty buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil

In the center of Sao Paulo there are around 100 empty buildings. On the other hand, it is necessary 474,000 new affordable homes to cover the shortfall in the city, according to Sao Paulo City Hall.

The movement People Without Roof MSTC, part of FLM (front of fighting for a house) has been for decades fighting for solutions. However, in front of the absence of public response, they created a policy to occupy the empty buildings.

Escola da Cidade together to ARCH+H.R., UNISS-Sardinia, Master Resilient Spaces plus EPIC-IUAV Venice, have joined forces to find solutions for these families. The projects involve a wide range of professional responses, from Design divisions in the buildings for family units, circular economy, urban plan for empty buildings, co-creation, plus maybe the most important, to motivate new public policies and a new social deal.

Partners: MSTC, Escola da Cidade, IUAV, UNISS, building owners, Sao Paulo Commune, and ARCH+H.R. 2018-2025

Pudeto School copyright@Geno Munoz 2012

Fatima School, Chile

320 children of a vulnerable neighborhood have a new school of 2.600 m2 with timber and color glass

500 parents have a new building for social and sport center. 50 women have workshops. 30 carpenters worked 2 years and benefit their 150 family members

Project and Construction 2004-2010. Commune of Ancud, Chilean Ministry of Education, Jorge Lobos+Associate Architects and ARCH+H.R.

Disability, Children, & Nature. Chile, Denmark, Norway

National Park Lahuen Gnadi, South of Chile 2002-2012

40 disabled children each weekend can get their dream of sleeping in a tree house.

We created this project in 2002 together to Monte Verde Foundation, which proposes 3 landscapes in Chile for disable children and the democratization of the access to Nature; Atacama Desert in the North, Andes Mountains in the Center, and the Rain forest in Patagonia in the South.

Partners. CONAF, Foundation Monte Verde, Chilean Ministry of Culture, Jorge Lobos+Associate Architects Ltda, ARCH+H.R. and Ecosistema Urbano-Spain

Garbage City, Cairo, Egypt

The 60.000 Copts in Cairo recycle the garbage of a city of 15 millions inhabitants. They live with the garbage because they depend economically of the garbage. The project, in one of the hardest urban contexts, tries to slightly improve their work conditions creating shadow with the same materials that they recycle. Plastic, textiles, and pieces of timber.

Jorge Lobos + associate architects ltd., ARCH+H.R. Workshop 5×5-Chile 2012 KADK, UNISS, FAU-Chile

Elderly House Maullin copyright@Geno Munoz 1997

Elderly-House Maullin, Chile

Maullin, Chile 1996-1997

This elderly house receives 56 old people who lived alone in the countryside and can not continue subsisting in their small farms.

1.000 m2 in middle of the rain forest gives to these elders a new chance to share the last part of their life in a safe environment, warm house, friendship, and kitchen gardens.

Partners; Foundation San Vicente de Paul, Commune of Maullin, and Jorge Lobos AA-Ltda.

AWARD: Finalist XI Chilean Biennal of Architecture 1997

Towers of Bamboo in Dharavi, India

The informal settlement in Dharabi, Mumbai is one of the biggest of the world with more than 1.000.000 people in 2,1 km2. Our project proposes to relief the high density creating towers of bamboo and textiles for sleeping during the rough hour of crowdedness. This construction can be self-built for the community.

Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects, ARCH+H.R. workshop 5×5-KADK Denmark 2011, KADK, UNISS

Hotel Nueva Braunau


A hotel in-between the threes in the Chilean Humid Forest. This is a place for therapy, relax, peace, and loneliness.

The building is totally sustainable and build with local timber and local carpenters, green energies and sustainability for a few number of users.

Chilean Patagonia


Structure, walls, roof, floors, external and internal cover with timber.

2018-2021 ARCH+H.R. Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects Ltda.

Hotel Ensenada


The site is long and narrow, it has an old house. The Hotel liberates the ground level with a long timber structure between the old house and the threes, in that way the travelers can see the wonderful landscape of the Chilean Patagonia.

The building is totally sustainable and build with local timber and local carpenters, green energies and sustainability for a few number of users.

400m2. Structure, walls, roof, floors, external and internal cover with timber.

2016-2018 ARCH+H.R. Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects Ltda.


This is not a home 01, Denmark

Copenhagen has around 3.000 homeless. For different reasons they keep outside of the Welfare State. In winter with temperatures under zero degree this situation could become a humanitarian emergency. Our project of containers can receive 20 homeless in the six coldest months of the year. The location in the garden of a Museum is because the Danish Law accepts temporary art work on the public space for half a year. The project is called ´This is not a Home´ paraphrasing Marcel Duchamp in New York 1917 who said “This is not a Toilet”.

Jorge Lobos, ARCH+H.R. Erik Juul, Den Frie Museum, Velux foundation 2010-2011

AWARD: Finalist 13th Triennal of Sophia INTERACH Bulgaria 2012

L´Aquila earthquake 2009, Italy

The earthquake of L´Aquila 5.9 Richter scale (2009) destroyed great part of the city and the historical centers in the area. 11.000 buildings damage. 50.000 people in camps and hotels. Our project created a fast system to protect the old city from the next earthquake. A simple classification of damage in three levels plus a steel structures. This system allows to the government to keep the inhabitants in level 1 in their homes. Jorge Lobos, ARCH+H.R. and workshop 5×5-KADK, UNISS

Bench for 100 people in Fertilia, Italy

Fertilia, a small village in Sardinia, founded during the Italian Fascist regime, is a city of Italian immigrants. Today the Saharan and sub-Saharan refugees wanted to contribute with the recovery of a degraded park and building public facilities as a gift for the host community.

Listening to the needs and desires of the community, which expressed their discontent regarding to the lack of public seating, we co-created a sustainable bench made of soil bags for receiving 100 people. The result was a circular bench of 20 meters diameter and 67 meters perimeter which fosters a strong sense of community.

Client: Fertilia Municipality and local community
Partner: University of Sassari, UNISS, Jorge Lobos+AA, EAHR, Local community, Refugees from Vel Marì refugee Center, Africalghero, Theatre En Vol, between others.
May 2017
Cost: Bench of soil bags 1.150 euro

“The children nest” Fertilia, Italy

Fertilia, a small village in Sardinia, founded during the Italian Fascist regime, is a city of Italian immigrants. Today the Saharan and sub-Saharan refugees wanted to contribute with the recovery of a degraded park and building public facilities as a gift for the host community.

While cleaning the most degraded area of the park, in our co-creation process a Guinean refugee called Mamadu suggested to use an antique African construction technique with the residual materials of the park. He became the chief of the construction, he led the community in the creation of a sustainable traditional African hut as a evocative house for kids.

Client: Fertilia Municipality and local community
Partner: University of Sassari UNISS, Jorge Lobos + AA, EAHR, Local community, Refugees from Vel Marì refugee Center, Africalghero, Theatre En Vol, between others.
May 2017
Cost: branches, bamboo, rope; 15 euro

MICRORAYON LATVIA: From Socialism to Capitalism

During the 90s the political system changed in the ex Socialist Soviet Republics. Some countries as Latvia decided to pass directly from Socialism to a radical Capitalism, that decision meant lot of frictions in the urban scene. The Microrayon, a public system of social housing from one day to another belonged to the former owners of the land…In consequence we started to have socialist buildings on a private ground. Our project is to change that paradigm to private buildings on a public land.

2012-2016 The Riga Technical University, ARCH+H.R. and Jorge Lobos + associate architects, KADK, UNISS. Danish Institute of Culture

Rehabilitation of emergency houses post-earthquake, Chile

Valdivia earthquake in 1960 has been the hardest one that register the modern seismography; 9.5 Richter scale. The Chilean government built 75 houses of 6×6 m. for the emergency, however they became permanent and without maintenance until 2004 when we recovered them with the cooperation program of Andalucia, Spain, and the community co-working .

Cooperation program: Junta de Andalucia Spain, Municipality of Ancud, University of Chile, Manuel Ulloa, Lina Llorente, Jorge Lobos + associate architects, ARCH+H.R.

House in the Forest, Chile

(E)quality Chilean Patagonia 2003-2004

A wooden house of 350m2 in the Chilean Patagonia with our method of democratization of the design process. In this case the family agreed to divide in three sub-groups; child 1, child 2, and parents. Each of them co-designed their bedrooms as an independent object floating inside the main space of the house. On the other hand, that container space was reinforce what timber structure in diagonal because the earthquakes in Chile and the Andes Mountains.

Jorge Lobos + associated architects; Cristian Gilchrist and ARCH+H.R. Chile 2011-2012

Bartulin@copyright 2012

House in the Forest, Chile

(E)quality Chilean Patagonia 2021 – 2023

A wooden house of 200m2 in the Chilean Patagonia with a sustainable approach. This family consists of only two persons, who divided the house in two levels; the first one is the social space and guest room, the second one is for the couple. 

The house is a timber container with a reinforced diagonal structure because of the earthquakes in Chile and the need to have a big surface of windows towards the landscape.

Jorge Lobos + associated architects; Cristian Gilchrist, Camila Viancos, Yeziel Lazo, and ARCH+H.R. Chile 2021-2023

Arrayanes House, Chile

(E)quality Chiloe, Chile 2002-2003

A wooden house of 330m2 in the Chilean Patagonia with our method of democratization of the design process. In this case the family agreed to divide in three sub-groups; the children, the guests, and the parents.

Each of them co-designed their spaces as an independent object without contact to the other part of the family. Once the three sub-constructions were ready, we join the family and decide the position of them in the site. We decide in the three objects to build with arrayanes, the main tree in the forest side to the house, we use those trees with all the branches, curves, and imperfections that made more integrated the house to the forest.

Jorge Lobos + associated architects; Cristian Gilchrist and ARCH+H.R. Chile 2002-2003

AWARD: Finalist IV Biennale Iberoamerican Lima Peru

Geno munoz@2003

Geno munoz@2004

Chamiza House 01, Chile

(E)quality Chilean Patagonia 2003-2004

A wooden house of 380m2 in the Chilean Patagonia with our method of democratization of the design process. In this case the family agreed to divide in four sub-groups; a playground for children, Greenhouse for the mother, Library for the father and dinner-room for everyone.

Each of these subgroups co-designed their spaces as an independent object without contact to the other part of the family. Once that the four sub-constructions were ready, we joined the family and decided the position of them in the site. The architects decided that the objects will be over a cement concrete platform semi buried on the hill.

Jorge Lobos + associated architects; Cristian Gilchrist and ARCH+H.R. Chile 2003-2004

Image Jose Luis Vallejo, Madrid 2001

72 Social Housing in La Havana, Cuba

2000 Old Havana, Cuba

In this project we applied for first time our methodology of Democratization of the Design Process with Cultural Codes. Each building has 24 HOUSING and each family used a graphic system created by our studio to show us how they wanted their home.

Our architectural work was a kind of cultural mediator, and technical responsible of structure and infrastructure of the 9.200 m2 of building.

Housing Ministry of Cuba, Office of the history La Habana, Ecosistema Urbano Spain, Jorge Lobos + associate architects Ltda.

AWARD: 1st International Competition of Architecture of La Havana 2000

200 Social Housing in Barakaldo Bilbao, Spain

2001, Brakaldo, Spain

In this project we applied for Second time our methodology of Democratization of the Design Process with Cultural Codes in a Building of 24.000m2. The 200 HOUSING are designed on the river Nervión, and each family used a graphic system created by our studio to show us how they wanted their home, plus the position that they want their home.

In this project we extended the social participation from the decision of the plot to the design process.

Europan 2001, Bilbao Commune, Department of Social Housing, Ecosistema Urbano Spain and Jorge Lobos + associate architects Ltda.


Small Light squares at the evening, Chile

Maipu, Santiago de Chile 2002

Small squares of light on the existing public lamps cost 100 USD each square. The metal screen has the goal to protect the light from being breakdown at the same time that the acrylic in colors create a new space for kids in the city. We built three of these squares in Chile

Jorge Lobos + associate architects 2002, FAU-U de Chile Fernando Dowling, Rodrigo Toro, and workshop Jorge Lobos. Acrilic of colors and iron net

AWARD: Fondart Chile 2003. AWARD: Finalist XIV Biennale of Chile 2004

Iris Low-Cost Housing, Chile

(E)quality Puerto Montt, Chilean Patagonia 2000-2012

25 low cost housing in timber from 35 to 45 m2 to 350 USD/m2 an affordable house in 12.000 – 15.000 USD.

Chile has a private policy to solve the problem of lack of housing. This was an experience inside of the rules that Chile defined in the 80s. We experimented to do a group of housing using a cultural approach, local technology, local materials, and low cost in order to give the chance of affordable housing in the South of Chile for young families.

In this project the design begins to be a social value, each house is different according to the needs of the users, but at the same time the families has some collective facilities. The construction of these collective approach of social housing is in a degraded urban area.

In this project the values of the architecture contributes to improve the zone of a harbor city, and the life of 25 young families of low income.

Jorge Lobos + associate architects. Structure timber, foundation cement concrete, roof flat steel, windows and doors with double glass.

Lead Pollution in Montevideo, Uruguay

In 2000, the Industrial area of Paso Molino in Montevideo, Uruguay, had a high level of lead pollution. The Scientifics registered between 200 to 1300 lead mg/kg of soil in the residential area of Paso Molino, however the limit accepted by the medicine for living conditions is 100 mg/kg, this pollution where directly to the blood of the people. These contamination phenomenon produced a high level of illness in the inhabitants, specially children of Paso Molino, 6 times more than in other areas of the same city, Montevideo.

We were invited in 2004 by the University of La Republica and the Government of Montevideo to find solutions for another urban problem, a crowed train station area, however we found out that this topic was not so urgent as the lead pollution. Therefore our project was to plant and cultivate Geranios, a plant which is able to clean the soil. We created green houses, gardens, and a flower market, that gave a chance of job for many inhabitants who where unemployed after the economic crisis of the 90s when several industries of this zone broke down.

UdelaR, Government of Montevideo, FAU Chile, Jorge Lobos + AA & ARCH+H.R., Montevideo Uruguay 2004

Asturias House@JoseLuisVallejo 2006

House in Asturias, Spain

(E)quality Ranón, Asturias 2004

This House of 90 m2 is built in 95% of timber plus a basic structure of iron. The form of the house resting on pillars on the ground remembers the old farm construction to keep grains and agriculture tools. This is another way to apply our design method of Cultural Architecture. The house is sustainable and respectful of the cultural and natural environment.

Ecosistema Urbano Spain, and Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects ARCH+H.R.

AWARD: XVIII Award Asturias of Architecture 2006 Spain

Fabiola Narvaez@2005

Chamiza House 02, Chile

(E)quality. This house of 95m2 is a timber container in the Chilean Patagonia. The house watches the Andes mountains and the ocean. This is a house for a small family which decided to live in contact with nature in a sustainable way.

Jorge Lobos + associated architects; Cristian Gilchrist, Carlos Lobos, and ARCH+H.R. Chile 2003-2004

Eduardo Feuerhake@copyright 2011

Maniquenique School, Mozambique

The school of Maniquenique is a school and a survival platform for time of floods. Using the experience of other communities, the building rest in cement concrete pillars of 1.5m over the ground. This school receive 100 children, and can support the community with water, toilets, and a safe space in times of emergency.

UN-Habitat Mozambique, University of Chile, Main architect Fernando Ferreiro, Eduardo Feuerhake, teacher and adviser Jorge Lobos + AA, ARCH+H.R. 2003-2005

Cultural Center Gabriela Mistral, Chile

Santiago de Chile 2007-2008

The building UNCTAD III by Miguel Lawner and others under the government of Salvador Allende (1970-1973) is the best building to show the history of Chile of the last 50 years. A socialist Cultural Center for the people, which became in the headquarter of the dictatorship (1973-1990) and an abandoned building in the transition to the democracy (1990-2010). The competition was give a new life to this symbolic building of the history of Chile.

We propose the biggest public cover square in Chile 5.000 m2, cover by the existing roof of 5.000 m2 of the original building. A celebration of Democracy and the people participation.

Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Public Work of Chile, Association of Architects of Chile, Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects, Rodrigo Toro, Francisca Armstrong, Paula Montero, Rafael Pino 2007-2008

AWARD: Finalist International Competition Cultural Center Gabriela Mistral 2007

MME Madrid, Spain

The Meteorologic Museum in Madrid. 2001-2004

The project recovered an abandoned building in Retiro Park. The building is part of the symbolic transition of a construction used for the entertainment of the monarchy toward the sciences for the folk; Meteorology.

500 m2 of color glass and old bricks in one of the most cosmopolitan sites in Madrid, where immigrants, tourists, and locals share a green space.

Partners; Ecosistema Urbano, Spanish Institute of Meteorological Sciences, and Jorge Lobos + AA & ARCH+H.R.

MME Spain, picture Jose Luis Vallejo

Restoration Nercón Church, Chile

Chiloe Archipelago, South of Chile 1996

The Project considers a traditional restoration for a wooden church, which became in 2000 part of the 16 wooden churches of Chiloe WORLD HERITAGE by UNESCO, Our proposition gave a new space in-between the timber roof, a corridor where the public can see how the church was built, it is a kind of journey to the inner structure of a timber body

Lobos J. Berg L. Montecinos H. Amenabar, Foundation of restoration of Wooden Churches of Chiloe, Spanish Cooperation, Chilean Government.

AWARD: Finalist XI Chilean Biennal of Architecture 1997

Barn-House, Chile

South of Chile 1990

A sustainable wooden house of 150 m2 in Chiloe archipelago. Only with 1m2 of solar panels this house gets energy for: 8 lights of 12 volt, energy to transport the water from a well of 200 meters, and bringing it up to a water tower of 14 meter. Jorge Lobos + architects associate


Chapel In Ancud copyright@LineKjær 2019

Chapel in Ancud, Chile

Chiloe archipelago in the Chilean Patagonia, 1990-1991

Chiloé has a great tradition of wooden churches declared, in 2000, World Heritage by UNESCO. For that reason our proposition was to follow the local tradition, the proportions, typology, and symbolism of a building which is more than a church, is the center of the community life. This building was totally financed by the local community, through their work and donations of money and time.

Place. Ancud, Chiloé

Owner Community San Vicente de Paul

Architect: Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects

Design and construction 1990-1992. Self-built by the community

Cost 120US/m2. Area 240m2

Materials: Structure, external and internal cover Wood. Floor sand and stones. Roof iron sheet and acrylic.

AWARD: X Biennale of Architecture Chile 1995

House for Girls & Disability, Chile

In Chiloe archipelago was only one school for disable children which need special care. The kids come from different islands and they must stay the whole year in the city, however the boarding school was just for boys.

A private social foundation San Vicente de Paul decided to build a boarding school for 48 girls to give them the same opportunities that the boys. The community was fully involved in this project which became a symbol of social fighting for gender equality in these islands during the 80s.

AWARD: Selected in the Chilean representation for the Universal Fair OF Seville 1992 Spain

House For Disable Girls copyright@Geno Munoz 1989

Snake-House, Chile

A social house of 4x12m in three levels. Cost =150US/m2 in the center of a city. Wood in structure, cover and roof.

Chiloé Island, Patagonia Chile. Design and building 1986-1990. square meters 90m2

AWARD: Finalist VII Biennale of Architecture Chile 1989.

Snake-house copyright@Geno-Munoz 1994

Fisherman-House, Chile

Social Housing in Patagonia of Chile 1985

95m2, cost 145US/m2, design in 1985 and self-built 1986.

The Chilean government built, during the 80s, only 40m2 with the same budget. In this case we use the capacity of local carpenters and the knowledge of the house owner, a fisherman, who was able to self-built his home

Materials: Foundation: wood 20-25cm Ø. Structure local wood 50x100x200mm. External cover and Roof; wood tiles 600x200x15mm in four layers. Internal cover: wood tiles 100x10mm. Floor: wood 100x20mm

Typology; palafito, construction with wood sticks on the water.  

Jorge Lobos + Associate Architects Ltda. 

Fisherman House, copyright@Geno Munoz