Alejandra Lillo

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M. Alejandra Lillo
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Born (1972-09-15) September 15, 1972 (age 45)
United States
Nationality United States
Alma mater  • Universidad Mendoza Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo
 • University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Architect
Awards  • 2010 Hospitality Design Magazine, Influential Women in Hospitality Design
 • 2010 Contract Magazine: Designer of the Year[1]
 • 2008 D&AD Yellow Pencil Winner
 • 2007 "The Boutique 18" Young Designer Award, Boutique Design Magazine[2]
Practice Undisclosable
Projects  • Untitled
 • W New York Downtown Hotel and Residences
 • CityCenter's Aria

Alejandra Lillo (born September 15, 1972) is an American designer.

Early life, education and early career[edit]

Alejandra was born in Buffalo, New York to Dr. Jose and Elvira Lillo, where she lived until the age of two. Her family moved to Rock Island, Illinois where Alejandra attended Rivermont Collegiate, known then as St. Katharine's St. Mark's Independent College Preparatory School, until 1981. The Lillo family moved to Irvine, California in 1981 where Alejandra continued her grade school education at St. Cecilia School. She attended Irvine High School, graduating in 1990. Shortly thereafter, in 1991, the Lillo family moved to Mendoza, Argentina where Alejandra developed interest in architecture and design, leading to her matriculation into the University of Mendoza's Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, receiving her first professional degree as well as her Architecture License in 2001.

In 2003, she pursued her second professional degree at the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California, graduating in 2004.[3]


Her architectural career began at Corbett Cibinel Architects in 2001, where she focused upon healthcare and educational design.[4]

Alejandra joined Graft, an architectural firm located in Los Angeles, as a lead designer and project manager in 2004. In 2007, she was promoted to a managing partner and the chief executive officer of the company[5] where she led the Los Angeles office until March 2011. During her tenure, Graft aggressively participated in philanthropic enterprises, including Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation New Orleans (MIR) with William McDonough + Partners, and Cherokee. MIR work was the centerpiece of the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative.[6]

In February 2011, Lillo co-founded Los Angeles-based design firm Undisclosable.[7] At Undisclosable, she completed architectural work for Jonathan Glazer and J. Spaceman's Untitled: A physical manifestation of “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space" presented by The Creators Project (a partnership with Intel and Vice) at Coachella in April 2011 [8] and in Brooklyn that October.[9]

She has spearheaded architectural, interior, and product design solutions for a wide variety of project types, including healthcare, commercial, residential, cultural, and hospitality; as well as at a variety of scales, from the single-family home to multi-use towers and large scale master plans, maintaining a flexible and often cross-disciplinary attitude in order to create progressive, nimble solutions within a rapidly changing world. These designs espouse the belief in enriching spaces through combining seemingly disparate elements, whether they pertain to the narrative sequences contained within a building, geometry, or materiality.




Speaking engagements[edit]

  • (October 31, November 1–2) 13th Annual Mexico ENADII, Mexico City, Mexico[15]
  • (April 3) BDWest Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Panel Discussion[16][17]
  • (February 6) AIA Kansas City Cocktails & Conversations, Guest Speaker
  • "Graft-ing Methodology" (November 2–5) 10th Annual Mexico ENADII, Mexico City, Mexico
  • "Emotive and Experiential Design in Architecture" (October 7) Design & Health Europe 2010 International Symposium, Brussels, Belgium
  • "Environmentally Responsible Resort Development" (September 23–29) Al Hoceima, Morocco
  • "Branding and Interior Architecture" (September 2) Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  • "Enhancing Social Cohesion in Urban Development" (August 26–29) 15th Transatlantic Forum, BMW, New York City, New York
  • "New Perspectives on Health Care Design" (June 7–8) Design & Health Canada 2010, Toronto, Ontario, Canada[20]
  • "What is Graft?" (March 30) Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
  • "Regionalism and A Hays Town Symposium" (March 26) University of Lafayette, Louisiana
  • "Will Design and Architecture Help Haiti Rise Again?" (January 19) KCRW Design and Architecture [21]
  • "Alternative Technologies: New Homes for New Orleans, a Social Challenge" (April 16) Gulf Coast Green, Houston, Texas
  • "The New International Style: Boutique Design in Hospitality" (June 15–16) NeoCon World Trade Fair 2009, Chicago, Illinois
  • "Morality and Architecture" (June 27) Mobius LA 2009, Los Angeles, California
  • "La Complejidad en la Arquitectura" (October 21) CiaBX 2009 University De La Salle Bajio, León, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • "Stack: Building Value through Non-traditional Construction" (February 20) UCLA guest speaker, Mark Mack graduate seminar, Los Angeles, California

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Contract Staff (February 2, 2010). "The 31st Annual Interiors Awards" Contract.
  2. ^ BD Staff (May/June 2007). "The Boutique 18"
  3. ^ "Built, Alejandra Lillo." UCLA AUD. N.p., 20 Sept. 2013. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.
  4. ^ (January 01, 2004). "Green Lantern" Canadian Architect.
  5. ^ (n.d.). "GRAFT" Architecture News Plus.
  6. ^ Webb, Michael (January 30, 2010). “Designers of the Year 2010: Graft” Contract.
  7. ^ Kagansky, Julia (April 12, 2011). “Deconstructing Jonathan Glazer and J. Spaceman's Coachella Installation: Meet Undisclosable” The Creators Project.
  8. ^ Martens, Todd (April 17, 2011). "Coachella 2011: Spiritualized as the new spa treatment?"
  9. ^ (October 16, 2011). "2011 Creators Project" Brooklyn Exposed.
  10. ^ Harris, Jenn (July 26, 2013). “Hand-made pastas and confit pig's head at Bucato, opening Wednesday” Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ (June 2013). "Heroes and Mavericks: Passionate Pioneer" Boutique Design.
  12. ^ (June 2013). "Heroes and Mavericks: Passionate Pioneer" Boutique Design.
  13. ^ Kagansky, Julia (April 12, 2011). “Deconstructing Jonathan Glazer and J. Spaceman's Coachella Installation: Meet Undisclosable” The Creators Project.
  14. ^ "Architecture in Times of Need"
  15. ^ ENADII (October 31, 2013). "Enadii Mexico Presenta" Enadii.
  16. ^ (October 31, 2013). "EVENT REVIEW: BDwest" BDwest.
  17. ^ "Enadii Mexico Presenta" Enadii.
  18. ^ (May 16, 2011). "Applications of digital manufacturing in architecture and interior design" Universidad Francisco Marroquin.
  19. ^ (February 16, 2011). "Alejandra Lillo: New Orleans Recovery Series" Rice University.
  20. ^ (June 7, 2010). "New Perspectives on Health Care Design".
  21. ^ Anderton, Frances (January 19, 2010). "Will Design and Architecture Help Haiti Rise Again?" KCRW.
  22. ^ (October 15, 2008). "Building a Global Boutique" Mobius LA.
  23. ^ (June 28, 2008). "Sustainable Dialogues III: Design + Implementation" A+D Museum.
  24. ^ (May 11–13, 2008). "Archticture in Times of Need" National Green Building Conference.
  25. ^ Anderton, Frances (December 12, 2007). "The Serious Business of Designing Toys" KCRW.

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