Architects, not Architecture: Benedetta Tagliabue

The renowned Italian architect is Archilover’s pick of the week

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Another page from our weekly pick of Architects, not Architecture's talks.

Our pick for this week is Benedetta Tagliabue.

In this week’s talk Benedetta wanders through memories of her earlier life. She explores her Italian heritage and the German roots she associates with her diligent work ethic and her love for creating.

Benedetta Tagliabue studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and currently acts as director of the international architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona and, since 2010, in Shanghai.


Among her most notable projects built are the Edinburgh Parliament, Diagonal Mar Park, the Mercado de Santa Caterina in Barcelona, Campus Universitario de Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion, 2010 World Expo Shanghai which was awarded the prestigious RIBA International award.

Mercado de Santa Caterina, Igor Peraza © 2012.


Her work received the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, the Catalan National prize in 2002, City of Barcelona prize in 2005 and 2009, FAD prizes in 2000, 2003 and 2007. She received the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award, which is given annually to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture.

Spanish Pavilion, © Shen Zhonghai/ KDE


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About Architects, not Architecture

AnA aims to bring to the stage what we normally don’t see. We are used to attending lectures given by architects talking about their projects. But what are the inspirations behind them? What relevant experiences made the architect look for specific values? What lessons have they learned on their path? Which encounters influenced them on their way to where they are now? In short, what experiences have shaped the way the architect works? AnA wants to talk about that.


There is one rule at AnA: Architects are not allowed to talk about their projects.


They want to enable us to get to know their architectural approach from a completely different perspective. Having the opportunity to understand what is relevant for the architect, we will be able to understand their projects on a deeper level, without them being mentioned.


Architects, not Architecture was founded by Fermin Tribaldos and Irene Osei-Poku in 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. Since then, the event format has reached national and international attention and is currently present in seven European countries. For each event they invite three well-known architects, who instead of talking about their award-winning international projects, are asked to talk about themselves. They speak about their path, their influences and experiences, and dive deeper into their intellectual biography.


You can find more about the format and their upcoming dates at >>>


    Mercado de Santa Caterina 149

    Mercado de Santa Caterina

    Barcelona / Spain / 2004

    Spanish Pavilion, 2010 World Expo Shanghai 48

    Spanish Pavilion, 2010 World Expo Shanghai

    Shanghai / China / 2010