Benedetta Tagliabue was born in Milan and graduated from the University of Venice in 1989. In 1991 she joined Enric Miralles’s studio, where she eventually became a partner. Miralles Tagliabue EMBT has a main office in Barcelona and a branch in Shanghai, and operates all over the world.
EMBT works not only within the scope of architecture, but also within that of landscape, urban infrastructure, rehabilitation, and design, trying to preserve the spirit of the Spanish and Italian artisan architectural studio tradition.
The studio participates in numerous exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2002, 2004, and 2006) and the Bienal de São Paulo (2003). These occasions offered the chance not only to explore the own architecture but also its relationships with other disciplines such as landscape, urbanism, and fashion.
The studio is currently working on the project of Hamburg Harbour public spaces in Germany, the New Campus Project of School Management at Fudan in China, and the new church complex of San Giacomo in Ferrara, Italy, among other projects and competitions.
Tagliabue’s 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, (1996-2005) -- as well as projects across Europe and Asia, including the School of Music in Hamburg (1997-2000), the City Hall in Utrecht (1996-2000), and the Spanish Pavilion for Expo Shanghai 2010.
Tagliabue was a visiting lecturer at Graduate School of Design Harvard University in 2012, and at Columbia University in New York in 2010, she has directed the summer workshop 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.
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).
The 2012-13 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4 Architecture; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture Ltd.; STUDIOS Architecture; WSP Flack+Kurtz; ARCH Art Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; GCI; Long & Levit LLP; SFMOMA A+D Forum; Tom Eliot Fisch; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Blasen Landscape Architecture; John A. Raeber, Architectural Specifications; and Ratcliff.