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Marcos Cruz


Professor Marcos Cruz   Arqtº  M.Arch  PhD  OASRN  ARB

Marcos Cruz is a Professor of Innovative Environments at the Bartlett, UCL. His research has focused for many years on bio-integrated design systems in buildings. As co-founder of the BiotA Lab and co-editor of he has investigated design that is driven by advances in computation and bio-technology, fields that are radically changing the future of architecture.

Cruz was the Director of the Bartlett from 2010-14, having fostered its internationalization and uncontested reputation at the UK’s leading architecture school. His varied teaching activity as an investigator, tutor and critic has been carried out at the University of Westminster (2008-10), UCLA (2010), and IaaC (2014- ), but most of all at University College London where he runs MArch Unit 20 for 19 years. In collaboration with Marjan Colletti, this unit continues to be one of the most emblematic and forward-thinking at the Bartlett. He is also regularly invited as an adviser to academic institutions as well as a jury member of International competitions.

Cruz studied at the ESAP Porto and ETSAB Barcelona. After moving to London he gained a Masters degree with distinction and a PhD by Design research sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in 2007. His investigations about Neoplasmatic Architecture won the RIBA President’s Research Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in 2008.

In 2000 he was part of the design team for the Kunsthaus Graz competition (P Cook and C Fournier, first prize). In the same year Cruz co-founded MAM-ARCH London (former marcosandmarjan), whose work has been extensively exhibited, including the Venice and S.Paulo Biennale, along with solo exhibitions in Hamburg and Braunschweig. MAM-ARCH built buildings and pavilions and won several competitions. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC in Orleans.


Selected books and articles:
- Vivaldi J, Cesareo C. ‘Interview: M Cruz – Bio-integrated Design’, in Dark Ecologies, IaaC Bits (2018)
- Cruz M. ‘Poikilohydric Design’, in Design with Life / TerreformONE, ACTAR (2018)
- Cruz M. ‘Paramateriality’, in Architectural Materialisms: Nonhuman Creativity (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
- Cobas M. ‘Interview: La Imperfeccion Como Oportunidad’, in Entrevistas 3, FARQ (2017)
- Colletti, Cruz M (eds.). Unit 20: Hyper-Articulated Morphologies, LISt Lab (2016)
- Cruz M, Beckett R. ‘Bioreceptive Design’, in ARQ Vol. 20 Issue1, Cambridge University Press (2016)
- Cruz M. El Cuerpo Habitable de la Arquitectura, FARQ (2015)
- Paz Agras L. ‘Interview: M Cruz – Arquitectura como Ecologia’, in Dardo Magazine, (2014)
- Cruz M. ‘Architectural Eduction Today, The School of Tomorrow’, in Dealing with Change, ENHSA (2014)
- Colletti M, Cruz M, Beckett R (eds.). Unit 20: poroCITY, LISt Lab (2014)
- Cruz M. The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture, Ashgate (2013)
- Cruz M (ed.). Bartlett Books 2011, 2012, 2013, UCL (2011, 2012, 2013)
- Cruz M. ‘Lateral Design’, in Archithese (2010)
- Cruz M, Colletti M. ‘The Return of the Figural’, in Beyond (2010)
- Manolopoulou Y, Colletti M, Cruz M (eds.). PhD Research Projects, UCL (2009)
- Cruz M, Pike S (eds.). AD – Neoplasmatic Design Vol. 78 No. 6, Wiley (2008)
- Cruz M, Colletti M. marcosandmarjan – Interfaces/Intrafaces, Springer (2005)
- Furtado G. Cruz M – Unpredictable Flesh, Mimesis (2004)
- Perez Arroyo S, Cruz M (eds.). Unit 20, University of Valencia/ACTAR (2002)
- Cruz M (ed.). Flesh and Vision, Forum da Maia (2000)