KLM Architects is an architecture office established in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1997 by Federico Kelly, Paula Lestard and Hernán Maldonado.

KLM practice is characterized by a wide range of projects from private houses, mixed-use buildings, hotels, cultural centers, corporate and institutional buildings both in Argentina and overseas (China, Angola, Uruguay, Paraguay, USA, among others).

Our developments are characterized by a common rational: an abstract and measured approach, encouraging the integration of different disciplines and professionals.

The office has gained a national and international reputation. Among the awards received are: the Vitruvio Award for Upcoming Generation (National Museum of Fine Arts), the Garnier Award for Young Practices under 40, Award for Argentina New Generation in the XII International Biennale of Architecture in Buenos Aires, First Prize in the Competition for the Tourism Agency Building in Rawson (Argentina) and First Prize in the International Competition for the Science and Technology Center in Beijing (China).

1st Prize National Competition
Aysa Central office building
Year: 2016
3rd Prize National Competition
Housing Orma St
Year: 2016
Finalist
Argentinean Venice Bienal Pavilion
Year: 2016
Distinguished International Argentinean Architecture Bienal
Latinoamerican Photograph Museum
Year: 2015
Distinguished International Argentinean Architecture Bienal
3 de Febrero Building
Year: 2014
1st Prize FADU Competition
CONEAU Building
Year: 2013
1st Prize International Competition
Science and Technology Center
Year: 2012
Mention National Concept Design Competition
Geodesia Historic Storage building
Year: 2009
Mention National Schematic Design Competition
Cordoba Cultural Center
Year: 2009
4th Prize, National Competition
Cosega Hotel
Year: 2008
1st Prize National Competition
Rawson Subsecretary Office Building
Year: 2007
3rd Prize UIA International Competition
Graphisoft Conference Center
Year: 2003
2nd Mention, UIA International Competition
Urban Central Park
Year: 2002
2nd. Prize, National Competition
San Martin Justice Center
Year: 2002
1st Prize National Competition
Justice Palace and Public Park
Year: 2002
2nd. Prize, National Competition
AHRCC Building
Year: 2002
Garnier Prize National Museum of Fine Arts
La Martona Arena
Year: 2001
Honorable Mention SCA CPAU Architecture Bienal Prize
Arce 223
Year: 2000

Federico Kelly was born in Buenos Aires. He graduated as an Architect in the University of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires. He also obtained a Master's Degree in Architectural Design in the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

He worked as a Design Architect in Urgell / Penedo / Urgell and Baudizzone / Lestard / Varas offices in Buenos Aires, until he established KLM Architects, together with Paula Lestard and Hernán Maldonado.

He has developed a teaching experience in the University of Buenos Aires, as an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Palermo University in Buenos Aires and has been Guest Professor at the IUAV University of Venice, Italy.

In 2010 and 2011 he was invited by the University of Venice as a workshop coordinator, involving 29 other renowned international architects.

fkelly@klmarquitectos.com


Paula Lestard was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated as an Architect in the University of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires. She later obtained a Master's Degree in Architectural Design in the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

After graduation she worked as a Design Architect in the Baudizzone / Lestard / Varas office in Buenos Aires, until she establishes KLM Architects, together with partners architects Federico Kelly and Hernán Maldonado.

From 1996 until 2002 and in 2005/2006 she developed and intense teaching activity at the University as Head of Workshops in the University of Buenos Aires. En 2007 she was elected as an Advisor in the Architecture and Urbanism Professional Council in Buenos Aires.

In 2010 she took part in the organization of a Workshop for the University Institute of Venice. In 2012 and 2013 she attended several training courses including Marketing (AUP Council) and Sustainability (Di Tella University).

plestard@klmarquitectos.com


Hernán Maldonado was born in Córdoba, Argentina. He graduated as an Architect in the University of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires.

He worked as a Design Architect in the Baudizzone / Lestard / Varas office in Buenos Aires and Machado & Silvetti office in Boston (USA). In 1997 he establishes KLM Architects, together with Paula Lestard and Federico Kelly.

He has been teaching at the University of Buenos Aires since 1995. Today he is an Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and manages the Center of Asian Architecture Studies in the Palermo University, Buenos Aires. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Roger Williams School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, of Rhode Island, USA.

He has been a member of the Honor Tribunal in Argentina's Central Architects Society and an Advisor in the Architecture and Urbanism Professional Council in Buenos Aires. He was columnist for the Architecture Supplement of the "Cronista Comercial" journal in Buenos Aires. In 2007 he published his first book "Imágenes del viento" (Images of the Wind) which was awarded by the Council and Central Society of Architects. In 2010 he created the audiovisual "Preludio". In 2013 he published the book "Miradas sobre Beijing" (Glances of Beijing).

hmaldonado@klmarquitectos.com


These people have contributed to the achievement of our goals. KLM is proud of the cultural diversity of its staff:

Abd Florencia (Argentina)
Aguirre Marcos (Argentina)
Antunes Sheila (Angola)
Arbelo Agustina (Argentina)
Axelrud Gabriela (Argentina)
Baigorria Roberto (Argentina)
Barsamian Evangelina (Argentina)
Basili Esteban (Argentina)
Bernardis Brian (Argentina)
Besati Jenara (Argentina)
Bielsa Ángela (Argentina)
Bonta Julián (Argentina)
Bugallo Valeria (Argentina)
Campagnola Alejandro (Argentina)
Candel Yanel (Argentina)
Canissa Luciano (Argentina)
Capaccioli Luciano (Argentina)
Cavallero José (Argentina)
Chiqui Toledo Francisco (Argentina)
Conte Mcdonald Lucía (Argentina)
Dubove Denise (Argentina)
Dubove Diego (Argentina)
Espinazo Celeste (Argentina)
Fernandez Ares Martín (Argentina)
Fiallegas Tomás (Argentina)
Garcia Bouza María Eugenia (Argentina)
Garcia Bouza Victoria (Argentina)
Gatica María (Argentina)
Gerlach Sofia (Argentina)
Gerson Pablo (Argentina)
Gohyman Agustina (Argentina)
Gonzalez Massa Marcos (Argentina)
Gonzalez Kevin (Argentina)
Gonzalez Andersen Luciana (Argentina)
Gorodner Javier (Argentina)
Grau Graciana (Argentina)
Grinberg Diego (Argentina)
Grinszpun Hernán (Argentina)
Guglielmini María (Argentina)
Haim Marina (Argentina)
Ibarroule Axel (Argentina)
Intile Luciano (Argentina)
Isla Casares Tomás (Argentina)
Isla Casares Marina (Argentina)
Lafiosca Paola (Argentina)
Lastra Matías (Argentina)
Lestard Andrea (Argentina)
Loustaunaw Sol (Argentina)
Luna Binder Lautaro (Argentina)
Mallon Alfonso (Bolivia)
Manzano Javier (Argentina)
Marcos Matías (Argentina)
Marino Matias (Argentina)
Martin Juan Manuel (Argentina)
Mayer Ayelén (Argentina)
Mininni Marcelo (Argentina)
Morando Facundo (Argentina)
Murua Rosario (Argentina)
Naipauer Alejo (Argentina)
Odorico Mariana (Argentina)
Peinetti Danel (Argentina)
Pera Magda (Argentina)
Pereira José (Argentina)
Perina Fernanda (Argentina)
Pinzon Diego (Argentina)
Raponi Federico (Argentina)
Ratner Laura (Argentina)
Rivas Rocio (Argentina)
Rodrigues Capitulo Valeria (Argentina)
Rolleri Guillermina (Argentina)
Ronzoni Patricia (Argentina)
Ruffa Juan Ignacio (Argentina)
Schapochnik Fernando (Argentina)
Schneider Demian (Argentina)
Schneiderman Camila (Argentina)
Schnerson Nicolás (Argentina)
Slomianski Pablo (Argentina)
Sorencen Nicolás (Argentina)
Storminsky Dario (Argentina)
Taravella Victoria (Argentina)
Thomas Jeremias (Argentina)
Tiferes Maria (Argentina)
Torrent Eugenia (Argentina)
Berdi Matías (Argentina)
Wacker Dario (Argentina)
Waingarten Melanie (Argentina)
Yang Nicolás (Argentina)
Yrigoyen Mariana (Argentina)
Beauville Ben (Francia)
Bednarek Agata (Polonia)
Bevivino Michele (Italia)
Capozzi Christopher (USA)
Costi Andrea (Italia)
Fargeix Quentin (Francia)
Ferrando Andrea (Peru)
Forero Fredy (Colombia)
Fuenzalida Roberto (Chile)
La Rotta Arango Martín (Colombia)
Lopez Campuzano Alejandra (Colombia)
Peniche Anel (Mexico)
Postrach Marc (Alemania)
Sanchez Pablo (Colombia)
Staron Philipp (Alemania)
Wright Matthew (Inglaterra)

Todo Obras Magazine
KLM Architects projects publication / 1st Prize Aysa Building
Year: 2017
Arq Clarin
1st Prize National Competition Aysa office building
Year: 2016
FOLA Buenos Aires
BIAAR Publication
Year: 2016
Tsinghua University Urban Desing Magazine, Beijing
Buenos Aires, imperfect city
Year: 2016
Latinoamerican Photographic Museum in Buenos Aires
Year: 2016

KLM Architects 2008 "Ventanas al futuro" Award
Year: 2015
KLM Architects in BIA-AR Publication
2014 Argentinian Architects International Bienal
Year: 2015
Glances about Beijing
Year: 2014
Dang Dai Magazine
"Glances about Beijing"
Year: 2014

Year: 2013
Clarín ARQ
First Prize International Competition in Beijing, China
Year: 2013
Dang Dai Magazine
Article: "Beyond Boundaries"
Year: 2013

Year: 2012
12 Casas
BR House
Year: 2012

Year: 2012
CAPBA Magazine
BR House
Year: 2012
ARCHICREATION
Year: 2011
1:100 Magazine N31
Concepts about Alric Galindez work
Year: 2011
Wave Newspaper Venice Italy
Year: 2011
Zona de Proyecto Magazine
1st Prize Rawson Building
Year: 2011

Year: 2010
ARCHICREATION Magazine
BL/KLM Architects Projects Publication
Year: 2010
Suplemento ARQ
Emergent Voices
Year: 2010
SCA Magazine
Text: "Relato de la Intimidad"
Year: 2009
Agua Vista Magazine
Agua Vista Master Plan and Club House
Year: 2009
SCA Magazine
Year: 2009
CPAU Magazine
Women Territory: Paula Lestard Enterview
Year: 2008
Scalae Magazine
Year: 2008
Book "Images of the wind"
Year: 2007
FADU Magazine
Teaching in democracy
Year: 2004
La Nacion Newspaper
La Martona Multi Purpose Space
Year: 2003
Summa Magazine
Year: 2003

Year: 2003

Year: 2002
Piusport Magazine Italy
La Martona Multi Purpose Space
Year: 2002
La Nacion Newspaper
MNBA Vitrivio Prize
Year: 2002
Pagina 12 Newspaper
Propose Architecture
Year: 2002
Summa Magazine
La Martona Multi Purpose Space
Year: 2002
Comodoro Rivadavia Court House
Year: 2001
SCA Magazine
KLM Competitions
Year: 2000
CPAU Magazine
Arce 223 Building
Year: 2000
Houses Magazine
Arce 223 Building
Year: 1999

KLM develops an intense academic research. This activity represents a commitment with the education of future professionals. Teaching at the University also implies a permanent update of knowledge, a deeper analysis about the production and the existence of spaces for freer creativity and expression. Thus, the academic engagement of the partners produces a major asset that enriches KLM's production.

KLM Partners are regular Professors or have been guests in the following Architecture schools:

  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires
  • UP / Palermo University, Buenos Aires
  • Roger Williams School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Rhode Island, USA.
  • IUAV University of Venice, Italy
  • USAM San Martin University, Buenos Aires