Gabriela Carrillo Valadez was born in Mexico City on May 5, 1978. She graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture of UNAM (1996-2001).
She began her professional practice in Linking and Special Projects of UNAM between 1997 to 2001, and during that time she started collaborating with Mauricio Rocha with whom she joined in 2011 to form Taller |Rocha + Carrillo|. Since 2017, she alternates between that practice and her own Taller, Reconstruir MX, and Estudio RX with Loreta Castro, an academic project located at the Faculty of Architecture of UNAM.
Her work stands out for developing public and private architectural projects of different scales, as well as historical recoveries, ephemeral interventions, and museographies. Among the most representative projects are: San Pablo Academic and Cultural Center in Oaxaca, Library for Blind and Visually Impaired People in Ciudadela, and Criminal Courts for Oral Trials in Pátzcuaro Michoacán, among others. In 2016 she presented the exhibition “The Great Animal Orchestra” at the Cartier Foundation in Paris and the Pavilion for Hermès at the furniture fair in Milan.
She has held academic positions in places such as the Faculty of Architecture of the UNAM since 2003, was Marjorie Mead Hooker Visiting Professor at the University of Nuevo Mexico in 2017, and this summer worked in the WAVE at the University of Venice. She has been a juror and speaker in workshops and postgraduate programs from South Africa and South America to the U.S. and Hong Kong. Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally at the Venice Biennale and the Mantovarchitettura 2019 for Casabella in Italy. She has been awarded in national and international competitions such as the Biennial of Mexican Architecture, Iberoamerican and Panamerican, as well as the Niemeyer and Rogelio Salmona Awards in 2018. In 2012, the Faculty of Architecture of UNAM awarded her with the Federico Mariscal Chair, as well as the Emerging Voices Award in 2014 by the Architectural League of New York.
In 2017 she was honored with the international award from Architectural Review and Architects Journal as “Woman Architect of the Year.” This year the Academy of Architecture of France awarded her the Gold Medal.