Tatiana Bilbao

Bilbao has shot to international prominence in recent years after collaborations with artists Ai Weiwei and Gabriel Orozco. Now one of Mexico’s most eminent working architecture firms, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s work is as varied as it is influential: from botanical gardens filled with art to neo-Brutalist social housing. For Bilbao, a building should be both by and for people: both to enhance lived experience, and bear the imprint of those who made it. Bilbao’s raw and bold designs may feature the rough-hewn finish of a concrete wall, or hand-crafted wooden paneling. In centering people, Bilbao’s architecture provides respite from the digital slickness we have come to expect from contemporary architecture. Her most significant buildings include Gabriel Orozco’s Observatory House, the award-winning Ciudad Acuña social housing, and the strikingly beehive-like Ventura House in Monterrey.