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Tatiana Bilbao

After being born into a family of architects in Mexico City, it was perhaps inevitable that Tatiana Bilbao would go on to join the profession.

After studying architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana, obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism degree (1998) with an honourable mention and the award for best architecture thesis, Tatiana worked as an advisor of the Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda del Gobierno del Distrito Federal, the government agency that oversees urban development and housing in Mexico City (1998-99). Soon after, she co-founded LCM, a practice to explore uncharted geometries and generates unprecedented spaces. In 2004, she founded Tatiana Bilbao Estudio and MX.DF (with architects Derek Dellekamp, Arturo Ortiz and Michel Rojkind), an urban research centre concerned with the production of space, its occupation, defence and control in Mexico City.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio works towards aims of  “understanding place, translating rigid architectural codes”; to “regenerate spaces, to humanise them as a reaction to global capitalism, opening niches for cultural and economic development”. The practice has worked on projects in China, Europe and Mexico, with the first built project being an exhibition pavilion in Jinhua Architecture Park (2007). The development of this large park, located on the shore of the Yiwu River, near Shanghai, was led by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who organised a network of pavilions designed by a group of young architects from around the world. Other projects include the Botanical Garden in Culiacán, a master plan and open chapel for a Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco, a Biotechnological Center for a Tech Institution, a sustainable housing prototype able to be built for just $8,000 (USD), and a funeral home.

In 2012, Tatiana received the Kunstpries Berlin (Berlin Art Prize). She has been awarded the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize (2014) and was named as an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of New York in 2009. Her work is part of the collection of the Centre d'Art George Pompidou in Paris, France; the Carnegie Museum of Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture and Rice School of Architecture and has been published in A+U, GA Houses, Domus, The New York Times, and others.