Trailblazing architect Tatiana Bilbao proves we need more women in the field

In today’s episode of MECCA Talks, Kate chats to groundbreaking Mexican architect and inaugural MECCA x NGV Women in Design Commission artist, Tatiana Bilbao. As the founder of one of the few sole female-led architectural practices operating at a global scale, Tatiana highlights the positive impact of women on the profession.


Her installation – now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria until January 29 2023 – is a physical expression of her aim to free architecture from the conventions of the of the 20th century and explore the impacts of the commodification and privatisation of domestic labour (especially on women). It combines textiles with architectural structure, while drawing on her studio’s use of collage, sketching and model making. Hit play to hear more about Tatiana’s pioneering projects.


Read more:

How MECCA is advancing gender equality through the education of women and girls  

Announcing: The MECCA x NGV Women in Design Commission

Watch: The making of our inaugural MECCA X NGV Women In Design Commission installation

Visit the installation at the NGV


Host: Kate Blythe

Guest: Tatiano Bilbao

Producer: Kerri Gordon

Editor: Michael Liberale

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MECCA Talks wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we recorded this episode at our studio in Naarm: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging. We recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.



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