First engraving of the city, made by Franz Hohenberg in 1554 and first published in 1574. Many notable buildings can be seen, like the Santiago Cathedral, and the church of San Antón. Map Maker: Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg © Public domain


A partial chronology of Bilbao and its architecture by Iker Gil








Javier Cenicacelaya, Antonio Román, Iñigo Solaña, Bilbao, 1300-2000: hiri ikuspegia / una visión urbana / an urban vision (Bilbao: Colegio Ofical de Arquitectos Vasco-Navarro, Delegación de Bizkaia, 2001).

Francisco J. García de la Torre and Bernardo I. García de la Torre, Bilbao: Arquitectura / Architecture (Bilbao: gt., 2009).

Francisco J. García de la Torre and Bernardo I. García de la Torre, Bilbao: Nueva Arquitectura / New Architecture (Bilbao: gt., 2014).


Iker Gil is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio. In addition, he is the editor in chief of MAS Context. He is the editor of the book Shanghai Transforming (ACTAR, 2008) and has curated several exhibitions, most recently “BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago” as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club and has been recognized as one of “Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century” by a jury composed by Stanley Tigerman, Jeanne Gang, Qingyun Ma, and Marion Weiss. | @MASContext

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