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Tatiana Bilbao: ?Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet?

As part of a generation of designers that have, in recent years, put Mexico on the map, Tatiana Bilbao is an architect that is increasingly part of the profession?s global consciousness. But, while some Mexican architects have made their mark with spectacular architecture following the international trend of ?iconic? architecture, Bilbao opted instead for a more people-focused approach. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky?s ?City of Ideas? series, Bilbao explains how she got into this type of community-building architecture, her thoughts on architectural form, and her ambitions for the future.

House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan

As part of a generation of designers that have, in recent years, put Mexico on the map, Tatiana Bilbao is an architect that is increasingly part of the profession?s global consciousness. But, while some Mexican architects have made their mark with spectacular architecture following the international trend of ?iconic? architecture, Bilbao opted instead for a more people-focused approach. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky?s ?City of Ideas? series, Bilbao explains how she got into this type of community-building architecture, her thoughts on architectural form, and her ambitions for the future.Vladimir Belogolovsky: The more I talk to architects of your generation or my generation, the more it becomes apparent that architecture has absolutely no boundaries. In other words, architecture is not just about buildings. More and more, architecture is about building communities.Tatiana Bilbao: Absolutely. For me, that is the most important part of architecture. Architecture is not about building a building; architecture is about building a community.
Culiacán Botanical Garden, Mexico, 2012. Image Courtesy of Jardín Botánico de Culiacán

VB: Was architecture something you were attracted to from childhood"TB: Yes, since I was born, I think. [Laughs.] My father says I have it in my blood and I think it is true. My whole family are architects. My grandfather was an architect. Jose Luis Benlliure was my uncle. I think all of my cousins are architects. And my office, literally is my family business?my sister Catia Bilbao and my cousin Juan Pablo Benlliure are my office managers.VB: So you really had no choice but to become an architect, right"TB: Well, I resisted for a very short period of time. I was trying to be a rebel. So when I was 18 I entertained the idea of becoming a biologist. Then I went to Italy to study industrial design for a year. My roommate there studied architecture, so I ended up helping her with all of her projects. When I came back to Mexico I knew what I wanted to study.   

House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan

VB: You started your firm with other partners, including Fernando Romero. Could you talk about those early days"TB: We started our firm in 1998, right after my gr...
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