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Ernesto Bilbao is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned the Master of Architecture from Rice University as a Fulbright Scholar and the Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where he is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture.

He is the founding principal of Estudio Ernesto Bilbao in Quito, Ecuador. His studio work has focused mostly in landscape architecture and architecture design. His studio´s most important projects are Parque de las Flores, Parque la Recoleta, Jardín del Cacao, Master Plan for Quito´s Convention Center, Stations for the Cable Car System of Quito, Parque Bicentenario´s Master Plans derived from the winning proposal for the Parque del Lago International Design Competition, 2008 (with Robert Sproull Jr.), and several others.

Before opening his studio, Ernesto worked as an Associate Architect at Carlos Jiménez Studio, Houston, TX, Bilbao_Lopéz_Espinosa Arquitectos, Constructiva C.E.V. in Quito, and as a consultant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, and Perú.

Ernesto has been a visiting professor of Architecture at Universidad de las Américas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and Taller de Cartagena, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. At Universidad San Francisco de Quito, he is the director of the International Summer Design Studio in Quito and teaches Design Studio, Thesis, and History and Theory of Landscape Architecture.  Ernesto´s work has been published in specialized magazines and books of architecture.

His current research entitled “Former Airport of Quito: Modernization for Whom?” deals with the facts behind the construction of the old International Mariscal Sucre Airport of Quito around the landscape, modernization, and post-colonization of Quito, Ecuador.


  • B.Arch., Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • M.Arch., Rice University

Cicatrices. Quito: Consejo Editorial CADI, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, 2013   
Book Chapter:
"SQN 207: Brasilia´s Last Superquadra" in Fares el-Dahdah, Oscar 102 / Brasilia 50: Eight Cases in Brazil's Architectural Modernity. Rice University School of Architecture, 2010.


photo of Ernesto Bilbao
  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture Design; History of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Representation in Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Modern Architecture; Latin American Studies, Modernization, and De-colonization.