Tatiana Bilbao / Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO
Tatiana Bilbao will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22. The talk is free and open to the public. In 2004, she founded Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, working in projects in China, Europe and Mexico. The first project built by her studio was the exhibition pavilion in Jinhua Architecture Park. The project was led and coordinated by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who selected a group of young architects from around the world to design and develop a large park organized by a network of pavilions and located in the shore of the Yiwu River, close to Shanghai. Bilbao designed an exhibition pavilion that was completed in 2007.
Bilbao was born in 1972 in Mexico City in a family of architects. She studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana and graduated in 1996. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism degree in 1998 with honorable mention and was awarded the best architecture thesis of the year. Bilbao worked as an advisor for Urban Projects at the Urban Housing and Development Department of Mexico City in 1998-99. In 1998, Bilbao worked as advisor of the Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda del Gobierno del Distrito Federal, government agency that oversees urban development and housing in Mexico City.
Bilbao’s diverse work includes 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 that is built with 8,000 USD, and a funeral home.
Bilbao was the recipient of the Kunstpries Berlin in 2012, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize in 2014 and named as Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of NY 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 visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture and Rice School of Architecture. Her work has been published in A+U, GA Houses, Domus, and The New York Times, among other publications.