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Marcos Cruz


Dr Marcos Cruz   Arqtº  M.Arch  PhD  OASRN  ARB

Marcos is an architect and Reader at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His research has focused for many years on the design and creation of innovative environments. He has developed a people-centric approach by reconsidering the contemporary body and its broader aesthetic and social dimension in architecture. He has also taught and worked on projects that utilize living matter in buildings, most of all the utilization of algae. Part of these investigations are driven by technological advances in bio-technology and synthetic biology, and how these are having a profound impact on design.

Marcos was the Director of the Bartlett between 2010 and 2014, having been responsible for a major transformation of the school in terms of its current internationalization and uncontested reputation as the number one school in the UK. His varied teaching activity as a investigator, tutor and critic has been carried out in numerous international universities, most of all at University College London, where he runs MArch Unit 20 for over 14 years. In collaboration with Marjan Colletti and Richard Beckett, the unit continues to be one of the most emblematic and forward-thinking at the Bartlett, with great emphasis on the application of novel digital technologies and environmentally-sensitive solutions to building design. He is also regularly invited as an advisor to academic institutions as well as a jury member of International competitions.

As an architect, Marcos was part of the design team with Peter Cook and Colin Fournier for the Kunsthaus Graz competition (first prize). He is also co-founder of the atelier marcosandmarjan, whose work has been extensively exhibited, including the Venice Biennale and Sao Paulo Biennale, along with two major solo exhibitions. Marcosandmarjan also designed the 75th Lisbon Book Fair, several winning competitions and, most recently, an experimental pavilion commissioned by the London GLA on the occasion of the London Olympics. Their work was featured in major international publications, including Digital Architecture Now (Thames and Hudson 2008), Chernikov Prize (ICIF / Tatlin 2011), Futuristic – Visions of Future Living (DAAB Media 2011) and Archilab – Naturalising Architecture (FRAC 2013).

Marcos is the author of marcosandmarjan – Interfaces/Intrafaces (SpringerWienNewYork, 2005) and The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture (Ashgate, 2013). He is also editor of Flesh and Vision (Forum da Maia, 2000), Unit 20 (University of Valencia/ACTAR, 2002), AD – Neoplasmatic Design (John Wiley & Sons, 2008), PhD Research Projects 2009 (Bartlett UCL, 2009), and two annual Bartlett Books (Bartlett UCL, 2012/2013). His work was also published in the monograph Unpredictable Flesh (Mimesis, 2004).