2020 Tatiana Bilbao
Tatiana Bilbao is an internationally recognized architect, born and raised in Mexico City, where she continues to practice and teach. Her early work with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Mexico City helped inform her understanding of the impact of public space and urban development. A continuing thread throughout her work is the powerful relationship between people and the landscapes around them, whether the countryside or an urban landscape.
In 2004, she founded Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO. The work of the studio ranges in scale, from masterplans to affordable housing typologies, and is inherently multidisciplinary and highly collaborative. The studio’s first built project was the exhibition pavilion in Jinhua Architecture Park, led and coordinated by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Later architectural work has included the Mazatlan Aquarium, currently under construction, the Culiacan Botanical Garden, the Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco, and a social housing prototype exhibited at the 2015 Chicago Biennial that could be constructed for under $8,000 US dollars.
In addition to her professional practice, Tatiana serves as a Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana, as well as at institutions around the world. Her work has been exhibited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Venice Biennale, and the Centre Pompidou, to name only a few. In addition to being the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medalist this year, Tatiana received the 2012 Berliner Kunstpreis, the 2014 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from the LOCUS Foundation, the A+ Awards Impact Award, as well as the 2019 Marcus Prize.