Städelschule Architecture Class
Tatiana Bilbao: The way things go
Over the last few years, Tatiana Bilbao has emerged as one of the new voices among South American architects. Based in Mexico City, where she graduated from Architecture and Urbanism at Universidad Iberoamericana in 1996, Bilbao began her career as an advisor for Urban Projects at the Urban Housing and Development Department of Mexico City in 1998-99. As advisor for the government, she was also a member of the urban council of the city. Bilbao founded her own offices in 2004 and has seen projects realised in China, Spain, France and Mexico. The same year, Bilbao co-founded an urban research centre, mxdf, together with the architects Derek Dellekamp, Arturo Ortiz and Michel Rojkind. The centre addresses the troubled urban space of Mexico City.
Since 2005, Bilbao has been a design professor at Universidad Iberoamericana, and she is currently a guest professor at the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf. She has taught and lectured at many other universities around the world; in 2007 she was awarded the Design Vanguard for one of the top 10 emerging firms by Architecture Record; and in 2009 named as an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of NY. The work of her offices include a music hall and sports centre for Irapuato, Mexico, the much published, Jinhua Architecture Park (2006), a house for the artist Gabriel Orozco in the pacific ocean, a gated community house in Ordos (China), a Botanical Garden in Culiacan, an Exhibition Room in Jinhua Architectural Park and the Mexican Pavilion for the Expo Zaragoza 2008.