¨Studio Stories¨ by Benedetta Tagliabue at IAAC

Benedetta Tagliabue yesterday presented the most recent projects of her office EMBT. From her presentation the audience could distinguish a sentimental spectrum. Benedetta´s ¨stories¨ included information on transparency and light, comfort, crafts and artisans among others. Spanish pavillion in Shangai fullfilled a dream that she had from child to build projects in China and opened to her office, the way for numerous projects in different cities in China with trips from which she profited great knowledge.

Benedetta Tagliabue was born in Milan and graduated from the University of Venice in 1989. In 1991 she joined Enric Miralles’ studio where she eventually became a partner. Her work includes a number of high profile buildings and projects in Barcelona: Diagonal Mar Park (1997-2002), Head Office Gas Natural (1999-2006) and the Market and quarter of Santa Caterina, Barcelona (1996-2005), Public Library at Palafolls, Barcelona (1997-2007), as well as projects across Europe, including the School of Music in Hamburg (1997-2000) and the City Hall in Utrecht (1996-2000).

Presently she is teaching at Graduate School of Design Harvard University. In 2010 she taught at Columbia University in New York and she has been workshop professor at TEC de Monterrey (Mexico) the School of Architecture in Venice (IUAV) and at École Speciale d’Architeture  (ESA, Paris) besides being a lecturer nearly once a month in architectural forums all over the world, such as the RIBA, the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and at Columbia University in New York, among others.

Recently she received the RIBA’s International Fellowships for her particular contribution as a non-UK architect she has made to architecture (2009) and an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Napier University (2004). She is invited to participate as a jury in international architectural competitions and prestigious awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009.

She won the competition for the new design of Hafencity Harbor in Hamburg, Germany and for the Spanish Pavilion for Expo Shanghai 2010. Currently she is working on a museum for a Chinese Painter in Neijiang and the recently won project for the new Campus of Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai.

Today under the direction of Benedetta Tagliabue the Miralles Tagliabue-EMBT studio works with architectural projects, open spaces, urbanism, rehabilitation and exhibitions, trying to conserve the spirit of the Spanish and Italian artisan architectural studio tradition which espouses collaboration rather than specialization.
Miralles Tagliabue EMBT has a main office in Barcelona and a branch in Shanghai, operating all over the world.

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