What’s the Matter Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation, International Conference, COAC, ETSAB, ETSAV, Barcelona, September 4-5-6, 2014

Marcos Cruz

Marcos Cruz at the AF 2014

Marcos Cruz is a Reader at the Bartlett, UCL. His research has focused for many years on the design and creation of innovative environments. He has taught and worked on projects that employ a new sense of materiality that he entitles Para-Materiality, including the use of living matter (mostly bacteria and algae) in buildings. As co-editor of Syn.de.Bio he has investigated design that is driven by advances in computation as well as bio-technology, fields that are radically changing the future of architecture. Cruz has simultaneously developed a people-centric approach to architecture by reconsidering the contemporary body and its broader social, aesthetic and technological dimension.

Cruz was the Director of the Bartlett between January 2010 and January 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. He has also run MArch Unit 20 for over 14 years, which 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.

Cruz studied at the ESAP in Porto from where he graduated in 1997. After moving to London he gained a master’s degree at the Bartlett and a PhD by Design research 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 with Peter Cook and Colin Fournier for the Kunsthaus Graz competition (first prize). In the same year Cruz also co-founded the atelier marcosandmarjan, whose work has been extensively exhibited, including two major solo exhibitions in Hamburg and Braunschweig. marcosandmarjan 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).

Cruz 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 three annual Bartlett Books (Bartlett UCL, 2012/2013). His work was also published in the monograph Unpredictable Flesh (Mimesis, 2004).



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