Esmeralda Bierma (1991) studied Architecture at the TU Delft, Netherlands, where she graduated in 2018 with the degree Master of Science in Architecture and Engineering. During her studies she worked at Amsterdam based Laura Alvarez Architecture (LAA) for one year where she started as an intern and later worked as a junior architect.
For her graduation she joined the independent group “Explore Lab” for setting up her personal graduation track. After researching a topic she was fascinated by, the unfinished landscapes of Rotterdam, she proposed three architectural structures within these landscapes to experience and revise them. The architectural structures she designed offer a new type of public space to be outside in the city and reflect upon them. Incorporating time as a design element: an architecture that allows remembrance, growth and decay. The qualities and sensorial experiences of the places are uncovered through the architectural interventions with a purpose of activating local actors and the habitants of the city.
Furthermore, she lived in Barcelona (2014) and studied there for one year at the faculty of Architecture (ETSAB/ Escola Technica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona) through an exchange program. In her master she moved to Chicago for three months as part of the program Complex Project, In Cities.
In 2016 she was a participant in the workshop “Beauty, Scarcity and Community” at the Biennale Interieur 2016 in Kortrijk (Belgium). Afterwards she collaborated with architect and artist Juan Benavides on his research Divided Authorship.