Benedetta Tagliabue was born in Milan and graduated from the University of Venice in 1989. In 1991 she joined Enric Miralles' studio where she eventually became a partner. Her work with Miralles, whom she married, includes a number of high profile buildings and projects in Barcelona: Parque Diagonal Mar (1997-2002), Head Office Gas Natural (1999-2006) and the Market and quarter Santa Caterina (1996-2005), as well as projects across Europe, including the School of Music in Hamburg (1997-2000) and the City Hall in Utrecht (1996-2000).
In 1998, the partnership won the competition to design the new Scottish Parliament building. Despite Miralles' premature death in 2000, Tagliabue took leadership of the team as joint Project Director and the Parliament building was successfully completed in 2004, winning several awards.
More recently, she won the competition for the new design of Hafencity Harbor in Hamburg, Germany, for a subway train station in Naples and for the Arcelor pavilion in Luxembourg.
Today under the direction of Benedetta Tagliabue the Miralles-Tagliabue-EMBT studio works with architectural projects, open spaces, urbanism, rehabilitation and exhibitions, trying to conserve the spirit of the Spanish and Italian artisan architectural studio tradition. Their architectural philosophy dedicates special attention to context.
Recently she received the RIBA Stirling Prize 2005, the Centenary Medal from the Edinburgh Architectural Association and the 2005 Spanish National Architecture Prize 'Manuel de la Dehesa'.