Born in Milan, Benedetta Tagliabue graduated in Venice 1989 from the “Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia”. Together with Enric Miralles she founded the studio EMBT in 1991. Their work includes various iconic buildings and public spaces by providing the city of Barcelona with iconic buildings (Gas Natural tower, Santa Caterina Market, Diagonal Mar Park). It also includes a number of high profile projects in other European cities (Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Utrecht’s Town Council and Music School in Hamburg).
The studio has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Venezia 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.
In 2010 she taught in Columbia University in New York and presently she is directing summer workshops at TEC de Monterrey (Mexico) and the School of Architecture in Venice (IUAV) 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, 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.
In 2010 EMBT opens an office in Shangai, China. With several projects on going: a museum for 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.