Lucia Tahan is an architecture practice based in Berlin that deploys human experience design in spatial and digital systems. It has produced work across a wide range of scales, from software to construction to critical writing, while developing architecture projects and exhibitions as speculative political tools.
Underlying my work is a desire to blend methodologies from digital disciplines with architecture systems, as well as a fascination for domesticity and political form. My aspiration is to expand the practice of architecture from a space-based discipline to a broader exercise in experience design and research.
My research work was part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. I am currently working as a product designer for AR/VR at Facebook and was previously a co-founder for a curatorship software incubated by the New Museum in New York.
Previously, my work has been presented at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and MAXXI Museum in Rome, and published in magazines such as Bartlett's Lobby.
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Lucia Tahan, ETSA-Madrid Dipl. Arch.
Lucia (Madrid, 1989) studied Architecture at ETSAM/Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (Israel), where she also received training in digital design.
Lucia combines professional, academic and research activities. She has been a guest lecturer at University of Illinois at Chicago, DIA Foundation in Dessau, ETSA-Madrid, Universidad Camilo José Cela and MAO Ljubljana, among others. Her research is published in critical magazines such as Bartlett’s Lobby and Cuarto Magazine and has been awarded across disciplines, including the Future Architecture Platform Award for Return to Zion and the Roca Madrid Gallery Award to her portfolio, while being a finalist at the European Youth Award for the digital project Find me a home.
She has worked for international studios, such as Some Place Studio at the NEW INC incubator in New York, where she co-founded the software venture Tools for Show with Bika Rebek.
She has been invited to participate in international conferences such as Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Future Architecture Platform and COCA Congress in Architectural Communication and has been commissioned to produce critical projects by MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Fête des Lumières in Lyon and private galleries in Fukuoka (Japan) and Berlin.
2018 Housing the Human Grant
2018 NEW INC / Knight Foundation Grant
2018 Y-Combinator Startup School
2018 Garofalo Fellowship, UIC, shortlisted
2017 Archdaily Best Architectural Drawings of 2017
2017-2018 Google Developer Challenge Scholarship
2017 Future Architecture Platform, awarded
2017 European Youth Award, finalist
2016 mYouth Hackathon, 1st prize
2016 Dyson Rethinkers Competition, finalist
2015 Roca Madrid Gallery Award, 1st prize
2020 “10 seconds, 20 artists”, Finding Art Madrid, Urvanity / Madrid Art Week, Madrid.
2019 Cloud Housing III, Housing the Human
Festival, Radialsystem Berlin.
2019 Cloud Housing II, Copenhagen Architecture Festival.
2018 Cloud Housing I, Forecast Festival, HKW Berlin.
2018 Becoming, Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
2018 Living with Water, Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. (As an interaction designer for Some Place)
2017 Common Cities, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
2017 The Theaters of Culture – Ephemeral Projects for the Eternal City, MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome.
2017 COCA Congress in Architectural Communication, Madrid.
2016 Hybrid Festival, Madrid.
2016 Pop-Up Arq, COAM Architectural College, Madrid.
2016 SMLXL Festival de Diseño, Leon11, Madrid.
2015 Simulated Experience, Wald Art Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan.
2014 Lama Lo, ReTramp Gallery, Berlin.
2014 Graduate Exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
2013 Exchange Show, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
2011 Nature et Ville, Fête des Lumières, Lyon.
2010 Matrículas de Honor, ETSA-Madrid.
2009 Abstrakt SH, Goethe Institut Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
2020 Software as Infrastructure, Shenzen
Biennial Catalogue, e-flux, Shenzen.
2017 Article: “Boxing the Holocaust: The Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem”, The Bartlett School of Architecture’s LOBBY Magazine #7 “1961”, London.
2017 Comic book: “Talmud”, Cuarto Magazine #3 “Visible”, London.
2017 Artist book: “Meraviglioso Urbano”, MAXXI Rome, Seoul Biennale of Architecture.
2016 Translation (Yiddish-Spanish): “Goethe en Dachau”, Nico Rost, Contraescritura, Barcelona.
2015 Artist book: “Simulated Experience”, Wald Art Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan.
2013 Artist book: “Shuk HaAliya”, with Gutman Assif Architects, Tel Aviv.
2012 Project publication: “Three hospitality projects in La Garrotxa”, ETSA-Madrid Honors Catalogue, Madrid.
Lectures + Teaching
2020 Software As Infrastructure, Bi-City Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism, Shenzhen, China
2019 AZ Nights #12: Housing the Human: Prototypes for Coexistence, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium
2019 Guest lecture on AR, M.Arch. studio, Leibniz
2018 Technology Panel, Housing the Human,
Copenhagen Architecture Festival
2018 Final review guest critic, M.Arch. studio,
Columbia GSAPP, New York
2018 Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul
2018 Review guest critic, M.Arch studio, Bauhaus
2018 Berlin Design Week, Berlin
2018 Demanio Marittimo Festival, Ancona, Italy
2018 Review guest critic, B.Arch studio, UIC
University of Illinois at Chicago
2018 Garofalo Fellowship Lecture, UIC University of
Illinois at Chicago
2018 Garofalo Fellow Shortlist Lecture, UIC University of Illinois Chicago
2017 “Critical Distance”, Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
2017 “Forever Ephemeral”, MAO Museum of
Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
2017 “Meraviglioso Urbano”, MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome
2017 Invited instructor at M.Arch. seminar “Intensificación en Ideación Gráfica Arquitectónica”, ETSA-Madrid
2017 “Hybrid Languages and Narratives for Architectural Communication: Illustration of Non-Architectural Processes through Narrative Graphics”, ETSA-Madrid
2017 “Return to Zion”, MAO Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, 2017
2016 “Return to Zion”, Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid
2016 Guest lecturer at MArch Thesis Studio, Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid
2020 Lucia Tahan