Solano Benítez was born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1963. After graduating in Architecture from the National University of Asunción (FAUNA) in 1986, the following year he founded the practice Gabinete de Arquitectura which he currently runs together with Alberto Marinoni and Gloria Cabral.
Benítez has won numerous awards, including an Outstanding Youth award from the Junior Chamber of Paraguay for contributions to national culture; the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, an international recognition for architects under the age of 50 who have done significant work in the field of contemporary culture (2008); and an honourable mention from the National Congress of Paraguay for his contribution to the nation (2014). In 2011 he was elected Arquitecto del Bicentenario by the Paraguayan Architects’ Association and in 2012 became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.
In turn the Gabinete de Arquitectura has won various awards, including the Work of the Decade Award for the period 1989-1999 from the Paraguay College of Architects in 1999. The same year it was a finalist in the Mies van der Rohe award for Latin America. In 1994 it represented Paraguay in the Venice Biennale, in the São Paulo biennial and in Lisbon during its stint as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture. In 2016 Gabinete de Arquitectura was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Participant at the Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Alejandro Aravena.
The Ytú tourist village in Paraguay, 1997-1998 (finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American architecture)
Piribebuy Grave (Paraguay), 2000-2001
Unilever site in Villa Elisa (Paraguay), 2000-2001
Casa Esmeraldina, Asunción (Paraguay), 2002
Casa Fanego, Asunción (Paraguay), 2003 (with Sergio Fanego)
Casa Abu & Font, Asunción (Paraguay), 2005-2006
Casa Las Anitas, San Pedro (Paraguay) 2007-2008
Edificio Alambra, San Lorenzo (Paraguay), under construction