Teaching Activity

The research developed in Diploma Unit 20, which Marcos Cruz has been running since 1999 with Prof. Salvador Perez Arroyo (1999-2003) and Marjan Colletti (2004- ) is focused on crossing boundaries of the traditional architectural practice. It investigates advances in a wide range of sciences, art - i.e. bio-technology, cyborg phenomenology, small-scaled intelligence, interactive environments, new materials, digital tectonics, as well as baroque and bio-art - with the aim to create innovative conditions in architecture and the city. Objects in our daily life are also under reconsideration leading to an understanding of buildings and urban environments that are created by many different strata, scientific knowledge, artefacts, and micro-worlds; of architecture that is in its conceptual, spatial, and technological dimension multifaceted, hybrid and interdisciplinary.

The work of Unit 20 has been extensively published and exhibited and many projects awarded national and international prizes. In 2002 Cruz was co-editor of the book Unit 20, published by Universidad de Valencia / ACTAR, which presented a comprehensive documentation of the unit’s research.

Student awards of unit 20 include:
Bartlett ‘Archigram Prize’ - Kevin Chu (2001); Bartlett ’Liftschutz Davidson Award for Learning for Practice’ – Gwen Lee (2002); Bartlett ’Ambrose Poynter Prize for Promising Student in Architecture’ – Natalia Traverso-Caruana (2002); Bartlett ‘Sir Banister Fletcher Award‘ and ‘RIBA Silver Medal Runner-up’ - Lisa Silver (2002); Arch+ Prize Germany, Commendation in Design - Mark Mückenheim (2003); Bartlett ‘Sir Banister Fletcher Medal’ and ‘RIBA Silver Medal Nominee’ – Hui Hui Teoh (2003); 1st prize of ‘2006 AIA London / UK Design Excellence Travel Award‘ AIA American Institute of Architects UK - Kenny Tsui and Masaki Kakizoe (2006); Bartlett ‘Sir Banister Fletcher Award‘, ‘RIBA Silver Medal nominee’, joint winner of ‘Hamilton Associates Prize’, 1st prize of ‘3D REID Award’, 1st prize of ‘TECU International Student Award’ Germany, and 2nd prize of ‘KPF/Architecture Foundation Public Space Travel Award’ - Sara Shafiei (2007).

Unit 20 Awards:
Best Unit in Show (Perez-Arroyo/Cruz) Bartlett Openers Prize, awarded by Thom Mayne (2002); Best Unit in Show (Colletti/Murray) Bartlett Openers Prize, awarded by Paul Finch (2006); Best Unit in Show (Cruz/Colletti) Bartlett Openers Prize, awarded by Lord Richard Rogers (2007).
Exhibitions of student work include:
‘Unit 20’ at University of Valencia (2002); ‘RIBA Silver Medals’ at RIBA, London (2002); ‘Actions re Form’ at CAPC, Coimbra and Architekturgalerie, München (2003); ‘Bartlett Experiments of Architecture in Movement’ at Framework Gallery, Berlin (2003); ‘Unit 20’ at Rotterdam Biennale, NAI (2003); ‘Material Intelligence’ at Entwistle Gallery, London (2003); ‘Intimacy, Spot on Schools’ at Beyond Media Festival, Florence (2003); ‘Bartlett Experiments’ at Tokyo Institute of Technology (2004); ‘London Weeks’ at Innsbruck University (2004); 'Mladá Britská Architektura' at Jaroslav Fragner, Prague; Galeria Medium, Bratislava; Löffler Museum, Kosice (2004/05); ‘Unit 20’ at Feng Chia University, Taiwan (2005); ‘AVATAR’ at the Bartlett, London (2005); Reid Gallery, London (2007); ‘Saraben’ at Deamspace Gallery, London (2007).

Publications of Unit 20 work include:
aj (UK, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007); Unit 20 (Spain, 2002), Realms of Impossibility (UK, 2002); ICON (UK, 2002, 2007); Landscape Design (UK, 2003); Rotterdam Biennale Catalogue (Holland, 2003); Mesh (UK, 2003); Arch+ (Germany, 2003); Intimacy, Spot on Schools: Beyond Media Festival Catalogue (Italy, 2003); Portable Architecture (Spain, 2004); L’ARCA (Italy, 2004); Arq./a (Portugal, 2005); Time Architecture (PRChina, 2006); Re-imaging Architectural Design Studios (Taiwan, 2006); AD – Architectural Design (UK, 2006, 2008); Building Design Magazine (UK, 2007); Wallpaper (UK, 2006, 2007).

Cruz is also a PhD supervisor at the Bartlett UCL. Students include Pablo Gil (since January 2009), Michael Wihart (since March 2009) and Alessandro Ayuso (in preparation).

Academic workshops
2013 Tutor at tech-week, University of Newcastle, UK.

2010 Design tutor of workshop UCL/UCLA, University California Los Angeles - UCLA, Los Angeles USA.

2010 Leader and design tutor of marcosandmarjan workshop, Ecole Speciale d'Architecture, Paris France.

2009 Leader and design tutor of marcosandmarjan workshop, CITA/Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen Denmark.

2008 Leader and design tutor of marcosandmarjan workshop, Tunghai University, Taichung Taiwan.

2008 Leader and design tutor of marcosandmarjan workshop, Oslo University, Oslo Norway.

2008 Leader and design tutor of International Winter School - Multipli-Cities, University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK.

2005 Leader and design tutor of marcosandmarjan workshop - FCU & Bartlett Digital Architecture Workshop, Feng Chia University, Taichung Taiwan.

1997 Leader and design tutor of international workshop, Kassel University, Kassel Germany.