Born in Milan, Benedetta Tagliabue graduated in Venice 1989 from the IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia). Together with Enric Miralles, she founded the studio EMBT in 1991. Their work includes various important buildings and public spaces, providing the city of Barcelona with iconic architecture (Gas Natural tower, Santa Caterina Market, Diagonal Mar Park). Their work also includes a number of high profile projects in other European cities (Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Utrecht’s Town Council and the Music School in Hamburg).
The studio has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2002, 2004 and 2006) and the São Paulo Biennale (2003). These occasions offered the chance not only to explore their own architecture but also their relationships with other disciplines such as landscape, urbanism and design.
In 2010 she taught in Columbia University in New York and presently she is directing summer various workshops including one at TEC de Monterrey (Mexico) and also the School of Architecture in Venice (IUAV). In addition to this, she lectures 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 and the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, among others. Recently she received the RIBA’s International Fellowship for the particular contribution she has made as a non-UK architect, to architecture (2009) and an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Napier University (2004). She has been invited to participate as a jury member in international architectural competitions and prestigious awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009.
In 2010 EMBT opened an office in Shanghai, China. With several projects on-going: A museum for a Chinese Painter in Neijiang, an office building in Shenzhen and the recently won project for the new Campus of Fudan University School of Management in Shangai.