Natalia Solano Meza

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Natalia Solano-Meza es la arquitecta principal y fundadora de Carambolaarquitectos. Se especializa en el diseño de oficinas corporativas, casas particulares y hoteles boutique. Nació en una familia de economistas y artistas y se considera producto de una mezcla de ambas disciplinas.

Inició su carrera trabajando para grandes firmas corporativas en las areas de arquitectura y diseño de plan maestro. Durante esa etapa desarrolló proyectos de hasta 100 hectáreas. En el 2009 decidió llevar a esa experiencia adquirida a su propio taller de arquitectura: Carambolaarquitectos.

Fundó el taller con una idea en mente:  trabajar los proyectos de forma que estos sean el resultado de una comunicación personal con sus clientes y una profunda comprensión del sitio.

En el año 2010 ganó una mención de honor en la X Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Costa Rica. Se graduó de la Universidad de Costa Rica y actualmente es candidata a un Ph.D en Arquitectura por la Universidade do Porto. Desde el 2012 reparte su tiempo entre Portugal y Costa Rica. Su tesis explora las relaciones entre pedagogía liberal y arquitectura. Ha dado conferencias acerca del tema en Costa Rica, Portugal y el Reino Unido.

Le interesa particularmente la intersección entre arquitectura y política y poder, tema acerca del que escribe en algunos medios de vez en cuando.

Natalia adora nadar, el café té, la cocina vegana y la moda.  Sus autores van desde Vargas Llosa a Doris Lessing. Está un poco obsesionada con las novelas y series  de crímenes, el concreto expuesto, los perros labradores…y le tiene un poquito de miedo a los gansos (especialmente cuando se le quedan viendo con esos ojitos pequeñitos que tienen).




Natalia graduated from the  School of Architecture at University of Costa Rica and is an active member of CFIA. She comes from a family of many economists and a few artists. She thinks she might as well be a mixture of both.

She won a Special Mention of Honor at the X Costa Rican International Biennial for a research project  in 2010.

Natalia is a Ph.D Candidate by  the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto and currently splits her time between the city of Porto in Portugal and the city of San José, Costa Rica. In her thesis she is exploring relationships between liberal pedagogical experiments and architectural practice. She thinks combining an architectural practice with academia is a must for modern architects and a vehicle to better understand her line of work in a rapidly changing environment.

Natalia  started her career as an architect working for highly recognized architectural firms where she was involved in the development of   hospitality buildings up to 100.000 square meters, later bringing that experience to her own firm.

Also during that period she became an specialist in green  master planning  by designing  projects on a range from 2 to 75 hectares. In master planning she found a passion for non-commercial landscape architecture, now an essential part of her practice.

After working for  several years in various private ateliers she decided to start her own firm.

Thus, she founded Carambolaarquitectos with the idea of producing honest, economic and functional Architecture and beautiful, explosive and harmonic exteriors.  Carambolaarquitectos is not only her atelier but a fundamental part of her life. She complements her architecture work with research and writing in topics that range from architecture and politics to pedagogy. 

While in Porto she dedicates  a few hours a month to work in  a social entrepreneurship project that seeks to recuperate houses in the historical city centre.

Natalia is a devoted yogini since 2001, slighlty addicted to coffee tea and fashion. She has a ongoing love affair with exposed concrete, loves to run  swim and vegetarian cooking. She enjoys crime novels,  adores labrador retrievers and is (slightly) afraid of geese.

You can follow her on twitter and instagram here.

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