Benedetta Tagliabue

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View of the Scottish Parliament Building from John Reid Close

Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect. She lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.


Tagliabue was born in Milan, Italy. In 1989 she graduated in Venice from the "Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia" in Italy.

Presently Benedetta Tagliabue teaches at the University of Architecture ETSAB (Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona) in Barcelona and lectures regularly in architectural forums. In 2004 she received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Napier University and she is a member of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

EMBT career[edit]

Tagliabue began her collaboration with Enric Miralles in 1991, with whom she founded the studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT.[1] Together their work includes iconic buildings and public spaces in Barcelona such as the Gas Natural tower, Santa Caterina market, and Diagonal Mar park. Buildings in other European cities include the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Utrecht’s town council, and a music school in Hamburg. Under Tagliabue’s direction, the studio currently works not only within the scope of architecture, but also within that of landscape, public space, building restoration, temporary installations, and design.

Work (Selected)[edit]


EMBT’s architecture, attentively aware of context, has earned them multiple international awards:

  • RIBA Charles Jencks Award in 2013[2]
  • Prize Ciutat de Barcelona in 2009, Category International projection The Spanish Pavilion Exhibition Shanghai 2010
  • RIBA Stirling Best Building Award in 2001 for The Scottish Parliament
  • Rietveld Prize in 2001 for the Utrecht town Council, The Netherlands
  • Premi Nacional de Catalunya in 2001, for Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona
  • BDA Hamburg Architektur Preis in 2002 for the Music School of Hamburg
  • Premio FAD de Arquitectura in 2004 for the University Campus in Vigo
  • Honour Award of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2005 for the Diagonal Mar Park in Barcelona
  • Premio de la Bienal de Arquitectura Española in 2005 for the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
  • Prize Leone d'Oro at the Biennale di Venezia in 2006 for the Pavilion dedicated to the Sports Hall of Huesca, Aragon, (Spain) for the Biennal of Venice 1996, VI International Exhibition of Architecture. "Sensori del Futuro: l'Architetto come Sismografo". Director Hans Hollein.


  • 2009 EL CROQUIS, N. 144. EMBT 2000 2009 ENRIC MIRALLES BENEDETTA TAGLIABUE After-life in progress.
  • 2008 AA. Arquitecturas de Author 2006. EMBT Miralles-Tagliabue. (Edición T6 Ediciones 2006, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain).
  • 2007 Benedetta Tagliabue “EATING THE CITY” Workshop Printemps 2007. ESA Productions (École Spéciale d’Architecture Paris).
  • 2006 ACTAR, Catalan College of Architects, Ministry of Housing, Barcelona City Hall, Works in Progress, revised and extended edition
  • 2004 Architecture drawn. The project of Miralles Tagliabue for Diagonal Mar. (Salvat + EMBT MirallesTagliabue, Barcelona, España 2004)
  • 2003 Loft / teNeues, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Arquitectes
  • 2000 El Croquis N.100 101, Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue 1996-2000
  • 1999 GG. Miralles Tagliabue time architecture. Architecture Monograph, Editorial Gustavo Gili
  • 1995 Mixed Talks, a book about the latest projects of the Miralles Office was published by Academy Editions.
  • 1996 Monographic issue of their work KA Korean Architects. Edited Enric Miralles: opere e Progetti, published by Electa
  • EMBT Enric Miralles, Bernadetta Tagliabue, Work in Progress (Paperback) (in English and Catalan). Col-legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya Publications. 2004.

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