Dr. Marcos Cruz Arqtº., M.Arch, PhD, OASRN, ARB 
Reader in Architecture and City

Director, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (Jan2010 – Jan 2014)
Studio Master of Bartlett MArch Unit 20
Co-editor of Syn.de.Bio
Co-founder and co-principal of marcosandmarjan, London

 

Marcos Cruz is an architect and Reader at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. 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 social, aesthetic and technological dimension in architecture. He has also taught and worked on many projects that utilize living matter in buildings, most of all the utilization of bacteria and algae. As co-editor of Syn.de.Bio he has investigated design that is driven by advances not only in computation, but also in bio-technology and synthetic biology, fields that he believes are radically changing the future of architecture.
 
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. His varied teaching activity as an investigator, tutor and critic has been carried out in numerous international universities, including the University of Westminster and University California Los Angeles (UCLA), but 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, this 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.
 
Cruz studied at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto (ESAP) from where he graduated in 1997, while frequenting courses at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB/UPC) where he was an exchange student in 2003-04 and 2005-06. After moving to London he gained a master’s degree with distinction in Architectural Design at the Bartlett in 1999 and started a PhD by Design research sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), which he finished 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 the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales, along with two major solo exhibitions in Hamburg and Braunschweig. 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).
 
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).



GUEST LECTURES


2014 Guest lecture, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo Uruguay.
2014 Guest lecture, Universidad Blas Pascal, Cordoba Argentina.
2014 Guest lecture, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina.

2014 Guest lecture, Univeridad de las Americas, Santiago Chile.
2014 Guest lecture, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile.
2014 Guest lecture, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2014 Guest lecture, Newcastle University / School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle UK.
2014 Guest lecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Greece.
2014 Guest lecture, Canterbury School of Architecture / UCA, Canterbury UK.
2013 Presentation, Westminster Media Forum, London UK.
2013 Guest lecture, Syracuse University (London branch), UK.
2013 Guest lecture, American University of Sharjah - AUS, UAE.
2013 Guest lecture, Virginia Commenwealth University - VCUQ, Doha Qatar.
2013 Presentation at symposium Relational Architectural Ecologies, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2013 Keynote lecture at 9th ARCHILAB Symposium, Orleans France.
2013 Keynote lecture at 16th ENHSA Heads of Schools Conference, Chania Greece.
2013 Guest lecture, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia - IAAC, Barcelona Spain.
2013 Guest lecture, Feng Chia University, Taichung Taiwan.
2013 Guest lecture, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan Taiwan.
2013 Keynote lecture at Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh UK.
2012 Guest lecture, CCAE / University College Cork, Ireland.
2012 Keynote lecture at PaTMAU International Conference, Tunghai University, Taichung Taiwan.
2012 Guest lecture, Tunghai University, Taichung Taiwan.
2012 Guest lecture at symposium AA – Contemporary Models of Production, EAUM, Guimaraes Portugal.
2012 Guest lecture, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid Spain.
2012 TEDx lecture, University College London, London UK.
2012 TEDx lecture, Barcelos Portugal.
2012 Talk and table discussion, HUB Madrid, Spain.
2012 Guest lecture, Universidade Lusofona, CCB / Coleccao Berado, Lisbon Portugal.
2012 Keynote lecture at 1st Annual Biomimicry Challenge, Syracuse University, USA.
2012 Guest lecture, Georgia Tech, Atlanta USA.
2012 Lecture at symposium on Skin, Anthropology Department, University College London, UK.
2011 Guest lecture, FAU/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
2011 Guest lecture, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham UK.
2011 Presentation and table discussion at 2nd International Summit for Schools of Architecture, IE, Segovia Spain.
2011 Lecture at symposium Privado e Publico, Faculdade de Letras / UTL, Lisbon Portugal.
2011 Guest presentation, Universidad de Castilla-la-Mancha, Toledo Spain.
2011 Guest lecture, Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica.
2011 Presentation at LUSO Conference, University of Nottingham, UK.
2011 Guest lecture, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa - FAUTL, Lisbon Portugal.
2011 Guest lecture, Universidade de Évora, Portugal.
2011 Guest lecture, University of Arts - UdK, Berlin Germany.
2010 Guest lecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Planning / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA.
2010 Guest lecture, University of California Los Angeles - UCLA, USA.
2010 Guest lecture, AbsolutLab, Madrid Spain.
2010 Guest lecture, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá Columbia.
2010 Guest lecture, Universidad Pontíficia Javeriana, Bogotá Columbia.
2010 Presentation at Encuentro Iberoamericano de Escuelas, Universidad Pontíficia Boliveriana, Columbia.
2010 Guest lecture, Universidad Camilo José Cela - ESAYT, Madrid Spain.
2010 Keynote lecture at ENHSA-EAAE Conference, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul Turkey.
2010 Guest lecture, Syracuse University, USA.
2010 Presentation at Design Computing Community, RIBA, London UK.
2010 Guest lecture, Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris France.
2010 Presentation at China Research Group, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2010 Guest lecture, LA Forum, Los Angeles USA.
2010 Presentation at London Eight exhibition, SciArc, Los Angeles USA.
2010 Lecture, Royal College of Art, London UK.
2009 Presentation at Design Provocations, Hospital Club, London UK.
2009 Guest lecture, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland.
2009 Guest lecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Canada.
2009 Guest lecture at Jornadas Internacionales, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid Spain.
2009 Guest lecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen Denmark.
2009 Presentation at Digital Architecture Conference, Building Centre, London UK.
2009 Presentation, Dana Centre/Science Museum, London UK.
2009 Keynote lecture at Fantasporto, Teatro Rivoli, Porto Portugal.
2008 Guest lecture, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid - ETSAM, Madrid Spain.
2008 Lecture at ASAE 08, LTH University, Lund Sweden.
2008 Presentation, Building Centre, London UK.
2008 Guest lecture, TADA Centre, Taichung Taiwan.
2008 Guest lecture, Tunghai University, Taichung Taiwan.
2008 Presentation at PhD by Design conference, University of Westminster, London UK.
2008 Lecture, University Oslo, Norway
2008 Guest lecture, University of Liverpool School of Architecture, Liverpool UK.
2008 Guest lecture at Bartlett International Lecture Series, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2007 Guest lecture, Southbank University, London UK.
2007 Lecture, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2007 Guest lecture, Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris France.
2007 Guest lecture, Innsbruck University, Austria.
2007 Guest lecture, Dundee School of Architecture, Dundee UK.
2007 Guest lecture, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham UK.
2006 Guest lecture, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.
2006 Guest lecture, RWTH, Aachen Germany.
2006 Lecture, University of Alicante, Spain.
2006 Presentation at Research Projects Conference, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2006 Lecture at ASAE 06, LTH University, Lund Sweden.
2005 Guest lecture, TU Braunschweig, Germany.
2005 Lecture, University Oslo, Norway.
2005 Guest lecture, iCP, Hamburg Germany.
2005 Guest lecture, University of Liverpool School of Architecture, Liverpool UK.
2005 Presentation and table discussion, Ordem dos Arquitectos, Lisbon Portugal.
2005 Guest lecture, Tunghai University, Taichung Taiwan.
2005 Guest lecture, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu Taiwan.
2005 Guest lecture, Feng Chia University, Taichung Taiwan.
2003 Presentation at Holland Avenue Design Task, 1st Rotterdam Biennale / NAI, Rotterdam Netherlands.
2003 Guest lecture, RWTH, Aachen Germany.
2002 Presentation at Research by Design Conference, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2002 Keynote lecture at Arquitectura - Prótese do Corpo, Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, Porto Portugal.
2000 Paper presentation at Research by Design Conference, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.


SEMINAR TALKS / CPD

2013 Seminar talk and guest opener, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Centro Centro, Madrid Spain.
2013 Seminar talk, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan Taiwan.
2012 Seminar talk, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2012 Seminar talk to MArch UD, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2010 Seminar talk to MArch UD, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2009 CPD presentation, tp Bennett, London UK.
2008 Seminar talk, University Oslo, Norway.
2005 Seminar talk, Feng Chia University, Taichung Taiwan.
2005 PhD seminar, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2003 PhD seminar, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2000 PhD seminar, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2002 Seminar talk to MArch AD, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2001 Seminar talk to MArch AD, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
1999 Group presentation, Strathclyde University, Glasgow UK.


TABLE DISCUSSIONS / MODERATION

2014 Chair of Designing with Nature: Desiging with Parameters - What's next?, Architecture Foundation, London UK.
2013 Moderator of panel discussion at Smartgeometry, London UK.
2013 Introduction and welcome: Smartgeometry - Constructing for Uncertainty, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
2012 Table discussion at Radical – Never again event, Steinhaus, Austria.
2011 Keynote speech, ESAYT End-of-Year Exhibition, Tabacalera, Madrid Spain.
2010 Press Conference Taiwan Tower Competition, Feng Chia University, Taichung Taiwan.
2010 Organiser and moderator of symposium Sublime Flesh, Christ Church Spitalfields, London UK.
2005 Table discussion L'Atalante, Academia das Artes dos Açores, Azores Portugal.
2005 Press Conference, 75th Lisbon Book Fair, Lisbon Portugal.
2003 Table discussion at Influx, Auditório Almeida Garrett, Porto Portugal.
2003 Introduction to Actions re Form exhibition, CAPC, Coimbra Portugal.


GUEST CRITIC (outside the Bartlett, London)

2013 Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna Austria
2012
CCAE / University College Cork, Ireland
2012 Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA
2012 ESAYT - Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid Spain (3x)
2011 ESAYT - Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid Spain (2x)
2011 Royal Institute of British Architects (President’s Medals), London UK
2010 ESAYT - Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid Spain (2x)
2010 Syracuse University, New York State USA
2010 Architectural Association (AADRL), London UK
2010 University of Westminster, London UK
2010 University California Los Angeles, USA
2009 University of Westminster, London UK
2009 Architectural Association (Intermediate Unit 3), London UK
2009 Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid Spain
2009 EPFL Lausanne (Studio Huang), Switzerland
2008 University of Westminster, London UK
2008 Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture (Studio Lau&Tsui), Paris France
2008 LTH University, Lund Sweden
2008 Architectural Association (Intermediate Unit 3), London UK
2008 University of Liverpool School of Architecture, London UK
2007 University of Westminster, London UK
2007 Innsbruck University (Institut für experimentelle Architektur), Austria
2007 University of Liverpool School of Architecture, London UK
2007 Royal College of Art, London UK
2006 University of Westminster, London UK
2006 Architectural Association (AADRL), London UK
2006 RWTH Aachen (Institut für Gebäudelehre und Grundlagen des Entwerfens), Germany
2006 University of Alicante (Master’s Course), Spain
2006 University of Liverpool School of Architecture, London UK
2005 University of Liverpool School of Architecture, London UK
2004 University of Liverpool School of Architecture, London UK
2002 Kingston University School of Architecture, London UK
2002 University of Brighton School of Architecture, London UK
2001 Kingston University School of Architecture, London UK


COMPETITION JURIES

2013 Mostra d'Arquitectura Catalana, COAC / AADIP, Barcelona Spain.
2012 International competition Viewpoint for Camley Street Natural Park, Architecture Foundation / The Finnish Institute / London Wildlife Trust, London UK.
2011 Taiwan Tower competition (Tender phase 2), Taichung Municipality, Taichung Taiwan.
2011 This is Tomorrow - design competition on rethinking today's housing, Fundacion Fisac / Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha / Colégio de Arquitectos de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo Spain.
2010 Taiwan Tower competition (ideas competition), Taichung Municipality, Taichung Taiwan
2010 New Architects: Portugal_UK competition, Architecture Foundation, London UK.
2008 Student competition New Brazilian architecture, Brazilian Embassy London, London UK.


ACADEMIC VALIDATIONS / ADVISER / BOARD MEMBER

2014 Guest adviser to Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile.

2013 External adviser to National Cheng Kung University, Tainan Taiwan.
2013 Member of School Council, Technical University Lisbon - FAUTL, Portugal.
2013 Visiting board member - validation of AA DRL, Open University, London UK.
2012 Member of School Council, Technical University Lisbon - FAUTL, Portugal.
2011 Visiting board member - validation of MA Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London UK.
2003 Co-commissioner to the Austrian Ministry of Education for the re-structuring of Viennese schools of architecture.