Daniel Bonilla studied architecture at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá (1981-86) and at Oxford Brookes University in London, where he received his Masters Degree in Urban Design (1990). He also studied at the College of Technology in Dublin and at the Milan Polytechnic. His interest in urban themes led into a working relationship on public space projects with the Alcaldia de Bogota (Bogota's City Government Office). In 1990 he developed a close relationship with Llewelyn-Davies in London, where he developed large scale urban projects as a part of multi-discipline teams. In 1993 he returned to Colombia and worked as Director of Design at Ospinas y Cia., one of the top real estate development companies in the country. In 1997 he established his own firm, specializing in urban, architectural and industrial design. A noted lecturer, he has been invited to speak at many distinguished universities, institutions, and conferences such as The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Danish Royal Academy, The 3rd Biennale of architecture in Paraguay, GSD Latin Association at Harvard University and others in Colombia, Mexico and Chile.
Daniel Bonilla's projects have been widely commended and awarded in many international and national design competitions and architectural design publications among which the most noted are The XVII, XVIII and XIX Colombian Architecture Biennales, Winner of Proyecto Diseňo Magazine's Blue Steel Pen award, Special mention at the III Religious Architecture Assembly of the Italian Frate-Sole Foundation (2004), Honorable mention as Emerging Iberoamerican Architect at the III Iberoamerican Architecture and Civil Engineering Biennale in Chile (2002), Winner - Emerging World Architecture Award organized by Architectural Review Magazine and D-line, Honorable mention at the International Biennale in Quito, Ecuador (2002)