Tatiana Bilbao was born in Mexico City, 1972. Bilbao graduated from Architecture and Urbanism at Universidad Iberoamericana in 1996, and in August 1998, she received the degree with honorable mention and appreciation for the best thesis of the year. In 1998-99, Bilbao served as advisor for Urban Projects at the Urban Housing and Development Department of Mexico City. In 2004, she founded Tatiana Bilbao Estudio with projects in China, Europe, and Mexico. Her work there was awarded with the Design Vanguard for one of the top 10 emerging firms of the year in 2007 by Architecture Record. In 2010, Bilbao was named an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of NY.
Bilbao's work is part of the Centre Pompidou, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Art Institute Chicago. She received the CEMEX Building Award in 2011 and 2013, and in 2012 her career received the Kunstpries Berlin by the Akademie der Kunste. She has been awarded with two silver medals at Mexican Biennale of Architecture. In 2014, Bilbao received the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture by the LOCUS Foundation, Cité de l´Architecture of Paris, and the patronage of UNESCO.
Building on her success, Tatiana Bilbao has become embedded in education. She is a lecturer at many noteworthy schools and institutions, including the Royal Academy of London, The MoMA, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. Her tutelage has found its support through the Louis Kahn Visiting Professorship at Yale School of Architecture (Spring 2015), the Cullinan Visiting Professorship at Rice School of Architecture (Spring 2016), the Adjunct Associate Professorship of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP (Fall 2016), and the Norman R. Foster Professorship of Architectural Design at Yale School of Architecture.