News / Events



Forthcoming
5/6-09-14 Talk at What's the Matter? Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation conference, ENHSA/COAC/ETSAV Barcelona Spain.
23/27-06-14 Low Carbon City Training for the Environmental Agency, Taipei Taiwan.
02-07-14 Opening of UCL Built Environment Club, Seoul South Korea.
27-06-14 Bartlett Summer Show, Slade School of Art/UCL Quad, London UK.
09-05-14 Final Crits, Unit 20 Bartlett/UCL, London UK.
30-04-14 Talk at Evolving Formations / Designs by Mother Nature workshops, Roca Gallery London UK.
24-04-14 Lecture at ESAP, Igreja da Misericordia, Porto Portugal.
24-04-14 Book launch of The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture, ESAP Gallery, Porto Portugal.



31-03-2014 - 08-04-2014
Trip to South America with visits to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Cordoba (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
Besides all lectures, I was lucky that extremely generous friends gave me access to extraordinary buildings and made me discover the work of some great architects (rather unknown outside Latin American).

Thanks to Leonardo Lattavo I went up the Sugar Loaf (I can once more confirm that Rio is the most exuberant and beautiful city on earth) and discovered Casa Villino Silveira by Antonio Virzi – a whimsical and superb piece of Art Nouveaux.

In Santiago, Margarita Greene and Horacio Torrent made it possible to visit the United Nations / CEPAL building by Emilio Duhart. What a fantastic piece of modernism! Also Arnaldo Ruiz Ballac and Andrea Santa Cruz took me up the mountain to visit the Benedictino monastery by Gabriel Guarda and Martín Correa.

My friend Martin Schmidt drove me to the amazing city of Valparaiso where we also had lunch with the community of the OPEN CITY. There we were toured by Mauricio Puentes through almost all the buildings of this incredible place. (By the way, we had coffee at the house of Quena Aguirre, an extraordinary person who lives there for over 35 years!). This visit was one of the most enlightening moments of my whole trip.

In Argentina, my dearest friend Alejandro Romanutti introduced me to Cordoba, which was not only a great discovery as a city but was also amazing due to the presence of the work of Miguel Angel Roca and, most of all, Togo Diaz – the guru master of ‘baroque’ brick work. Besides their amazing oeuvre, Cordoba has endless other good buildings, including the Escuela Superior de Comercio Manuel Belgrano (arqs. Bidinost, Chute, Gassó, Meyer y Lapacó) and the more contemporary Archivo Provincial de Cordoba by Alejandro Cohen y Cristian Nanzer, amongst many others.

Daniela Freiberg and Martin Cobas Sosa hosted me in Montevideu – a beautiful and exquisite city full of beautiful art deco as well as some very powerful modernist buildings. They generously took me to Atlantida to visit the Church of Eladio Dieste, and on the way back the Soca chapel by Antonio Bonet - another amazing surprise. I was further introduced to the work of Julio Vilamajo’ and his exquisite museum house.



08-04-2014
Martin Cobas interviews Marcos Cruz at Casa Museu Vilamajó, Montevideu Uruguay.


07-04-2014
Lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura / Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo Uruguay.
Photo credit: Universidad de la Republica, Montevideu Uruguay



04-04-2014
Abril Wilhelm interviews Marcos Cruz for UBP / Canal de Prensa, Cordoba Argentina.


04-04-2014
Lecture at the Universidad Blas Pascal, Cordoba Argentina.
Photo credit: Alejandro Romanutti


03-04-2014
Valeria Lange interviews Marcos Cruz for Esquicio de radio / FMGEN, Cordoba Argentina.


03-04-2014
Lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño / Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (UNC), Cordoba Argentina.
Photo credit: Alejandro Romanutti


03-04-2014
Lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Construcción - Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Santiago Chile.
http://www.udla.cl/1644/experto-internacional-inauguro-el-ano-academico-de-la-facultad-de-arquitectura-diseno-y-construccion


01-04-2014
Lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos / Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile.
Commentator/Moderator: Pedro Alonso
http://arquitectura.uc.cl/Agenda/conferencia-the-inhabitable-flesh-of-architecture-marcos-cruz-01-de-abril-18-30-hrs-salon-sergio-larrain-g-m.html


31-03-2014
Lecture at the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (FAU/UFRJ), Brazil.

31-03-2014
marcosandmarjan’s Algae-Cellunoi part of FRAC's permanent collection, Orleans France.
Following the 9th ARCHILAB Naturalising Architecture exhibition, the FRAC has officially integrated marcosandmarjan’s Algae-Cellunoi into their permanent collection, making it available for future exhibitions and international loans.
Design: marcosandmarjan with Guan Lee and Richard Beckett
Fabrication: Grymsdyke Farm; DMC London
Algae Technology: Marin Sawa with Nixon Group and Hellgardt Group (Imperial College); Richard Beckett (UCL)
Collaboration: Olivia Pearson: Emu Masuyama; Jessie Lee; Keith McDonald; Jonas Brazys; Cullum Perry
Sponsors: Bartlett School of Architecture; Grymsdyke Farm; Innsbruck University

Photography: Paul Smoothy



28-02-2014
Cross Crits Unit 20 and Unit 15 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Kristina Schenigger, Maren Klasing, Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz


27-02-2014

Chair of presentations and panel discussion Designing with Nature: Desiging with Parameters - What's next? at the Architecture Foundation, London UK.
Organisation:  Architecture Foundation
Location:  Unicorn Theatre
Chair:  Marcos Cruz 
Speakers/Pannelist: Michael Pawlyn (Exploration); Rupert Soar (Freeform Construction Ltd / Nottingham Trent University); Nerea Calvillo (C+ Arquitectos); Patrick Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects / AADRL)
http://vimeo.com/89862652
http://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/programme/2014/exploration-architecture-designing-with-nature/designing-with-parameters-whats-next 

Introduction by Marcos Cruz
Presentation by Michael Pawlyn
 Presentation by Rupert Soar
 Presentation by Nerea Calvillo
  Presentation by Patrick Schumacher
Panel discussion (left to right): Marcos Cruz, Nerea Calvillo, Rupert Soar, Michael Pawlyn, Patrick Schumacher


26-02-2014
Lecture 'Synthetic Biotopes', as part of the Conversation in Practice lecture series, Newcastle University / School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle UK.


26-02-2014
Workshop 'Synthetic Biotopes', as part of the Tech-fest, Newcastle University / School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle UK.


14-02-2014
Lecture 'Body and Flesh / emergence of novel bio-digital manifolds' at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Greece


06-02-2014
Farewell party with Bartlett School of Architecture staff at St John's restaurant in Farringdon, London UK.
(from left to right) Alan Penn, Inigo Rohrer, Richard Beckett, Penelope Haralambidou, Chee-Kit Lai, Justin Lau, Barbara Penner, Jane Rendell, Max Dewdney, Tim Lucas, Jan Kattein, Claudia Pasquero, Peter Scully, Marco Poletto, Marjan Colletti, Luis Rego and Tom Mole.
(from left to right) Tom Mole, Meredith Wilson, Dgahan Cam, Michelle Lukins, Julia Backhaus, Stoll Michael, Isaie Bloch, Luke Pearson, Kevin Jones and Laura Allen.
(from left to right) Michelle Bush, Emer Girling, Sara Shafiei, Adrian Forty, Oliver Wilton, Tim Barwell.
(from upper left to lower right) Alan Penn, Sara Shafiei and Marjan Colletti, Frosso Pimenides and Tom Mole, Adrian Forty, Bob Sheil, Stoll Michael, Luke Pearson and Steven Gage.


30-01-2014
Lecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture / University of the Creative Arts (UCA), UK.



09-01-2014 - 11-01-2014

Jury member of the Mostra d'Arquitectura Catalana, Barcelona, Spain.
(Prizes to be announced on the 20.01.2014)
Organisation:  Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) / Taula de Mostres 
Jury members: Francis Rambert; Rosa Rull; Jaume Valor; Vicente Guallart; Marcos Cruz


07-01-2014
Marcos Cruz steps down from his duties as a Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Farewell email to all staff:

I am writing to you for the last time as the Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture. As you know already, I have decided to step down from my current duties as I felt that it was time to embrace new challenges in my design and research career, not least also my family. Leading the school for the last four years has been an extraordinary journey. I have enjoyed my time immensely as Director and I hope that my contributions have helped to move the school forward.

Four years ago I inherited a school which was the number one in the UK, and my aim and major challenge was to maintain this position and to reinforce it by strengthening our national and international status. Our accomplishments since have been numerous and our success is best symbolised by our achievements at last year’s RIBA Awards where the Bartlett gained an unprecedented six awards out of overall eight prize categories. I congratulate all those awarded and I feel hugely proud of the Bartlett’s outstanding performance.

Our success owes a great deal to the Dean, Alan Penn, who has advised and supported me unconditionally throughout these years. I am very thankful to him. He has been a fantastic Dean who has fostered an increased sense of cohesion in the Faculty of the Built Environment. I am proud that it was in my time that we appointed Frédéric Migayrou, who I supported in achieving new key goals for the school. His contributions as a Chair have been immensely important for us. I have relished my teamwork with him and our shared vision to strengthen our established and well-known programmes, while putting the school on a new international map in innovative design research.

Reflecting our steady growth in the last years, we made several strategic decisions that are worth noting. We made very important appointments, including 12 new Academics, along with over 100 new appointments in teaching, admin and workshops, altogether refreshing and expanding the diversity of our staff. Several new courses were created: the stand-alone BSc AIS, several short courses, including the Summer Foundation and Springboard, as well as B-Pro, which Frederic created as the umbrella structure of the newly relaunched MArch GAD and UD. We completely rethought our communications strategy, including a much improved catalogue and well-disseminated lecture series, a new social media presence for the school, and created a new archive project which is just beginning to become active.

An important achievement was to intensify our research culture, which is now larger, more diverse and prolific than ever before. The REF submission this year is witness to a huge collective effort which I supported by redirecting more financial resources into this vital part of our activities. In parallel we worked on reinforcing our reputation as academic leaders in Design, as well as consolidating our already vibrant History and Theory culture. My personal ambition was to invigorate our building culture and we therefore promoted a steady increase of well-established practitioners who are now teaching here. We also massively improved Technology and Computation, two fields in which we are now leaders.

To support all these changes we carried out an administrative review that made our operational structure more able to cope with current demands. I also reviewed all staff through appraisals, reviewed the teaching load for design tutors, including our field trip policy, and supported over 20 staff with their career promotions. Essential for me was also to give students in our school more attention and a voice. We made the Staff-Student committee a more participatory event, gave students the chance to organise lectures and a publication (in progress) and set-up a new student society.

An important part of my duties was to lead and organise the school’s response to the challenges of an Internal Quality Review (2010); a full RIBA visit as well as an interim visit (2011/13); and to gain ARB prescription (2012) for our Part 1, 2 and 3 programmes. These visits and submissions were completed with success and have been highly commended by our visitors.

None of this would have been feasible without the extraordinary commitment and help of my colleagues. I have an increased respect and admiration for all those who contribute so much to the school, and it humbles me to see how much effort and time many put into making the Bartlett an ongoing success. I learned that directing the School of Architecture implies a fine balance between a proactive leadership and a delegation of duties to others who have initiatives and need the space to act. Most of all, I am aware that the Bartlett is an ongoing collaborative endeavour. My intention here has been mainly to guide and support people and help the school be a more collegiate place for all. I will definitely miss those who I planned many projects with; those who I relied on to help me confront the most difficult decisions; and those who came to chitchat every day about the school.

Finally, I leave my job with a sense of achievement as I am handing over the school as the best in the UK and one of the key players internationally. I obviously also recognise there are lots of new challenges ahead, not least with the move into a new building in July 2014, which we managed to prepare during the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Bob Sheil for becoming the new Director of the School. He is starting his role at the beginning of this term, while I am still around until the end of January for a hand-over period. I am delighted for Bob and the school, and I wish him and Frederic all the best in keeping the momentum up over the coming years. I feel that it is not only my own duty, but that of us all to support them both to get us through the next round of challenges.

It has been an enormous privilege to work with you all.
Best wishes,
Marcos