Founder and Principal of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mexico
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Holcim Awards jury for Latin America 2017
Tatiana Bilbao, Founder & Principal, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio; and Professor of Design, Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), Mexico at the Holcim Awards jury meeting for Latin America at Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism, University of São Paulo, Brazil in June, 2017.
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Holcim Awards jury for Latin America 2014 - San José, Costa Rica
Tatiana Bilbao is Founder and Principal of Tatiana Bilbao Arquitectos based in Mexico City, Mexico and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Latin America which met at the Instituto de Arquitectura Tropical in San José, Costa Rica in July 2014.
Last updated: April 24, 2023
Tatiana Bilbao founded Tatiana Bilbao Estudio in 2004 and has completed projects in China, Europe, and Mexico.
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.
The studio’s architectural work includes: the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco, a social housing prototype displayed at the Chicago Biennial (2015) that cost under USD 8,000, an institutional building on the Universidad de Monterrey campus, three buildings of housing in Lyon la Confluence, Research Center of the Sea of Cortés, Mazatlán, and the Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) in Austin Texas.
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio has worked across typologies and in different parts of the world, for which she has been recognized with several distinctions, among those: the Kunstpreis Berlin (2012), the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize by the LOCUS Foundation (2014), the Marcus Prize Award (2019), Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal of the ACSA (2020), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, RAIC (2021), and the Richard Neutra Award (2022).
Tatiana Bilbao has held visiting scholar positions including the 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.
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). Prior to founding her architecture studio, she was an Advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of the Federal District of Mexico City (1998-99), cofounder of architectural think tank Laboratorio de la Ciudad de México, LCM (1999) and an urban research center, MXDF (2004).
Tatiana Bilbao was a member of the Academic Body at the Norman Foster Foundation Cities: Affordable Housing Workshop 2022 supported by the Holcim Foundation.
She was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Latin America (2014 & 2017), was a guest lecturer at the Holcim Awards Lab in Mexico City (2018).
Tatiana Bilbao is Chair of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for Latin America.