Lucia Tahan is an architecture practice based in Madrid that deploys human experience design in spatial, digital and design objects. It has produced work across a wide range of scales, from mobile apps to housing buildings to urban tactics, while developing architecture projects and exhibitions as speculative political tools.
Underlying my work is a desire to blend methodologies from digital and cultural disciplines with architecture systems, as much as a fascination for informality, domesticity and political form. My aspiration is to expand the practice of architecture from a space-based discipline to a broader exercise in human experience design and research.
In 2017 my work is being featured at international venues such as Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism or MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome.
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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 ETSA-Madrid, Universidad Camilo José Cela and MAO Ljubljana, among others. Her research is being 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 been invited to participate in international conferences such as 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.
In late 2017 she will be a speaker at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and her work will be exhibited at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
2018 Garofalo Fellowship, shortlisted.
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.
2018 Becoming, Spnaish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
2018 Living with Water, Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
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.
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
2018 Guest professor with FAKT, MArch, DIA Bauhaus, Dessau.
2018 Garofalo Fellow Shortlist Lecture, UIC University of Illinois Chicago.
2017 “The Political Fiction of a West Bank Decolonisation: an Israeli Perspective”, Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
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.
2017 Lucia Tahan