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Tatiana Bilbao


Tatiana Bilbao is Founder and Principal of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio based in Mexico City, Mexico.

She founded Tatiana Bilbao Estudio in 2004 and has completed projects in China, Europe, and Mexico. Architectural Record featured the firm in the Design Vanguard 2007 as one of the top ten emerging firms of the year. In 2009, Tatiana Bilbao was named as one of the “Emerging Voices” by the Architecture League of New York.

The philosophy of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio focuses upon how architecture should be designed with the user’s experience in mind, rather than for standalone aesthetic qualities. It is about “making places and spaces, by people, for people,” enhancing how a building is lived in and leaving a trace of those who built it. The practice maintains the ethos of labor-intensive, handmade buildings, providing much-needed jobs in Mexico by trying not to replace people with machines—and ultimately giving the final result a raw energy.

Tatiana Bilbao holds a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Universidad Iberoamerica – IBERO (1996), and was recipient of the honorable mention for her thesis (1998).

She has held visiting scholar positions including: Luis Kahn Visiting Professorship, Yale School of Architecture (2015); Cullinan Visiting Professor, Rice School of Architecture (2016); Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (2016); and Norman R Foster Professorship of Architectural Design, Yale School of Architecture (2017). She has lectured at institutions including: the Royal Academy of London; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD); and Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities.

She was Advisor for Urban Projects at the Urban Housing & Development Department of Mexico City (1998-99), cofounder of architectural think tank Laboratorio de la Ciudad de México (LCM) in 1999 and an urban research center, MXDF, in 2004.

She also received the Berlin Art Prize (2012); Cemex Building Award (2011 & 2013); two silver medals at the Mexican Biennale of Architecture; Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2014) by the LOCUS Foundation, Cité de l’Architecture of Paris and the patronage of UNESCO. Her work is part of the collection of the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Art Institute Chicago, USA.

Tatiana Bilbao was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Latin America in 2014 and 2017, and was a guest lecturer at the LafargeHolcim Awards Lab in Mexico City in September, 2018.

Last Updated: September 14, 2018
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