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Lecture at International Symposium 'Polycephalum City', Tallinn Architecture Biennale 'BioTallinn', Estonia.
VenueBalti Jaam Pavilion
Speakers (Day 1): Lucy Bullivant (moderator); Bart Lootsma; Marco Poletto; Marcos Cruz; Mitchel Joachim
Speakers (Day 2)Emmanouil Zaroukas (moderator); Rachel Armstrong; Areti Markopoulou; Heather Barnett; Renee Puusepp; Matias del Campo 
Photo credit: Claudia Pasquero

13-09 to 27-10-2017
BiotA Lab exhibits at Tallinn Architecture Biennale 'BioTallinn', Estonia.
VenueMuseum of Estonian Architecture
CuratorClaudia Pasquero
Participants: BiotA Lab, London; Experimental Architecture Lab, Newcastle; Ecologic Studio, London; IaaC, Barcelona; Urban Morphogenesis Lab, London; Linkscale; Heather Barnett
PavilionGilles Retsin 
Algae-laden hydrogel scaffolds
Shneel Malik - Supervision Prof Marcos Cruz and Dr Brenda Parker
Bioreceptive Biophotovoltaics
Hoda Eskadar Nia; Eleni Dourampei; Yuan Huang; Ziwei Zhao
- Supervision Prof Marcos Cruz and Dr Chris Leung;
Technical support Dr Brenda Parker (UCL) and Dr Paolo Bombelli (University of Cambridge)

Photo credit: Shneel Malik

C-Biom.A group exhibits at 'Living (in) Future Cities exhibition - End of Year Exhibition', IAAC, Barcelona Spain.
Venue: MUHBA Oliva Artes, Poblenou
OrganisationMathilde Marengo; Maria Kuptsova
SupervisionMarcos Cruz
StudentsJessica Dias; Thorahafdis Arnardottir; Noor Elgewely; Yasamin Khalilbeigikhameneh; Inthat Useasakaree; Nikolaos Argyros; Christopher Wong
Hyper-articulated Mycomorph
Jessica Dias
Photo credit: Jessica Dias

Opening of Unit 20 exhibition at Bartlett Summer Show 2017, London UK.
Guest opener: 
Ross Lovegrove
Venue: 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB
Unit 20 tutors: Marcos Cruz; Marjan Colletti; Javier Ruiz
Unit 20 installation with work of: Matthew Pratt; Patrick Mawson; Helen Siu; Tom Bush; Mon Thi Han Han; Man Chung Wong; Ching Yiu Wong; Shi Qi Kiki Tu; Yi Liong; Fadhil Fadhil; Yinghua Chen; Daryl Brown; Cristina Manta; Yulia Amaral
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

Final Crits of C-Biom.A / Marcos Cruz Studio at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain. 
Students: Jessica Dias; Thorahafdis Arnardottir; Noor Elgewely; Yasamin Khalilbeigikhameneh; Inthat Useasakaree; Nikolaos Argyros; Christopher Wong
Assistant Tutor: Nina Jotanovic
Technical Support: Khunaljit Chahda 
Synthetic Biology: Nuria Conde Pueyo
Critics: Manuel Gausa, Martyn Dade-Robertson, Areti Markopoulou, Maria Kuptsova; Mathilde Marengo; Maite Bravo; Carmelo Zappula
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

External Examination, Royal academy of Fine Arts / KADK, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation at VISION 2017 Future of the Built Environment, London UK.
Venue: Olympia London
TheatreMaterials Innovation & Technological Insights 

Presentation at the Responsive Matter conference: De L'impression 3D 'a la matiere 4D, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris France.
Organisation CommitteeDominique Peysson, Samuel Bianchini, Emanuele Quinz
Speakers: Eduardo Kac (artist); Roger Malina (Chair of Physics, University of Texas); Jerome Bibette (Director of Biochemistry, ESPCI); Stefane Perraud (artist); Teresa can Dongen (designer); Benoit Roman (Director of Research, CNRS); Corentin Coulais (University of Amsterdam); Jean-Marc Chomaz (physician, Ecole Polytechnique Paris); Aurerie Mosse (designer); Dominque Person (artist); Emile de Visscher (designer); Ianis Lalemand (artist); Lia Giraud (artist); Jeanne Vicerial (designer); Selma Lepart (artist); Marcos Cruz (Bartlett).

C-Biom.A Crits, IAAC, Barcelona Spain.
Critics: Alex Dubor; Maite Bravo; Mathilde Marengo; Maria Kuptsova; Marcos Cruz

Guest Lecture 'Biointegrated Design' at Leicester School of Architecture, UK.
Venue: de Montfort University
HostBen Cowd and Mary Johnson

BiotA Lab / rC7 CritsBartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Richard Beckett; Javier Ruiz; Chris Leung; Marcos Cruz

BiotA Lab exhibits at ECOBUILD 2017, London UK.
Organisers: ARCC/UKCIP
Venue: Excell Centre / BRE area
Sponsored: EPSRC
EPSRC funded research on bioreceptive materials (front left); Bioreceptive MPC casts (Z.Wang; Y.Jiang; X.Lin; Q.Zeng - middle back); Robotically printed hydrogel prints (J.Hagopian; S.Mohite; X.Zhou;  H.Qian - back right)
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

Seminar Talk for the 1st year History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
HostMario Carpo

BiotA Lab exhibits at Super Material exhibition, The Building Centre, London, UK.
Organisor: The Built Environment Trust
Venue: The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
Participants: 4D printed programmable materials - Self-Assembly Lab/MIT; Prototype glass brick section, MVRDV's Crystal Houses - Poesia Glass Bricks, Delo Industrial Adhesives, TU Delft, Rosso Dotto; Transparent Wood - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Bioreceptive Concrete - BiotA Lab, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Silk Pavilion - Mediated Matter Group, Media Lab, MIT; Digital Grotesque Grotto - Michael Hansmeyer with the ETH Zurich and Voxeljet AG; Urban Algae Folly / Plaited Microbial Cellulose / Microbial Cellulose Structure Prototype - ecoLogicStudio, London; Shrilk Bioplastic - Wyss Institute, Harvard University; Black Graphene Radiation Protecting Paint - GraphenStone with The Grapheme Company; Torsional Stone Floor Slab - Webb Yates Engineers and Interrobang with the Stonemasonry Company and Artisteel Ltd.; Aluminium Foam - Cymat Technologies; Facade made of pollution - Made of Air, Elegant Embellishment, Berlin; Electricity-generating floorboards - University of Wisconsin-Madison; 3D Printed Steel Nodes - Arup with WithinLab, CRDM/3D Systems and EOS; Silk Violin - Luca Alessandrini with Imperial College London, Royal College of Art, Oxford Silk Group, ANLAI and Taroni srl.; Interactive Printed Graphene drum poster - Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge with Novalia; Biologically transformed Venice Brick Fragment - Rachel Armstrong, University of Newcastle; Airflow Bioplastic - Urban Morphogenesis Lab, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Radiant Heat Basalt Fibre Concrete - Techniker, London and Cornish Concrete Products, Truro; Agar Plasticity (Bowls and Tiles) - AMAM, Tokyo; Nanocellulose Samples - Aalto University, Helsinki; Bamboo-reinforced Concrete - ETH Zurich; Stabilized Soil from Peru using Aggrebind - Aggrebind, Connecticut; Aerogel Particles - Structura; Aerogel Insulation Wall Panel - Kalwall and Structura; Fire-retardant Plywood - Specialised Panel Products; Crustic Bioplastic Casings - Jeongwon Ji, London; Coconut Husk Board - Goodhout, Delft; Bullet-proof Film - Rosso Dotto, C-Bond; Photovoltaic Transparent Glass - Polysolar; Stone Wool Insulation - Rockwool
Bioreceptive concrete facade component - EPSRC funded (panels on left) Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Sandra Manso, Chris Leung, Bill Watts (components on right) Taehyun Lee, Wen Cheng, Soo Hyung Kim, Dan Lin) 
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

BiotA Lab prototypes installed at Camley Street Natural Park, London, UK.
VenueCamley Street Natural Park, Camden, 12 Camley Street, London N1C 4PW
OrganiserKarolina Leszczynska-Gogol
InstallationMarcos Cruz and Richard Beckett with Hao Ding, Yi Li, Jerry Jian Zhou, Leo Bowen Zhang, Steve Shengtao Luo, Wei Ziwei Zhao, Kyle Ciao Xiao 
Bioreceptive Calcareous Composites facing Regent's Canal
Crystal Xinhe Lin, Yuxin Jiang, Andy Zhili Wang, Qungyue Zeng
Bioreceptive Calcareous Composites
Crystal Xinhe Lin, Yuxin Jiang, Andy Zhili Wang, Qungyue Zeng
De-carbonated concrete column with Canal in the background
Hillier Yue Li, Tommy Zheng Tang
Bioreceptive Claycrete panel
Jiarui Liu, Chong Hong, Yi Liu, Nan Huang
Bioreceptive concrete facade component EPSRC funded Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Sandra Manso, Chris Leung, Bill Watts
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

C-Biom.A / IAAC student Jessica Gabriela Mendez Sierra instals environmental mural at Mexican Consulate, Barcelona Spain.
VenueMexican Consulate
SponsorsCASELLES XIGERU -  (concrete panels producers); MC-BAUCHEMIE - Oscar Gines (additives for concrete); TEMATIK BARCELONA - (prefabricated panels and hanging facades systems)
Photo credit: Yessica Gabriela Mendez Sierra

BiotA Lab and C-Biom.A group exhibit work at BIOFABRICATE conference 2016, New York City.
Venue: Parsons School of Design, NYC
OrganisersSuzanne Lee
Organisation teamSuzanne Lee; Amy Congdon; Annelie Koller; Emma van der Leest
SpeakersJoel Towers / Parsons; Eben Bayer / Ecovative; Mark Drury . Mother Dirt; Heather Dewey-Hagborg; Kenji Higashi / Spiber Inc.; Daniel Grushkin / Gnespace and Biodesign Challenge; Bioesters / FIT; Megan Palmer / Stanford Unviersity; Burak Cakmak / Parsons; Tony Dunne / Parsons; Julie Legault / Amino Labs; Andrew Pelling / Pelling Lab; Amy Congdon / Modern Meadow; Laia Mogas-Soldevilla / Tufts University; Pieter van Boheemen; James Carnes / Adidas; Daisy Ginsberg; Phil Ross / Mycoworks; Cyrill Gutsch; Scott Fullbright / Linving Ink; Chris Callewaert / UCSanDiego; Franklin S Abrams / Srpingut Law; Antony Evans / Taxa; Ginger Krieg Dosier / bioMason; Jens Klein / AMSilk; Christina Agapakis / Gingko Bioworks; Andras Forgacs / Modern Meadow; Tina Gorjanc; Adital Ela / Criaterra; Maurizio Montalti / Officina Corpuscoli; Gerd Manz / adidas; Fiona Raby / Parsons.
Exhibitors: BiotA Lab / Barltett UCL; C-Biom.A / IaaC; Biorealize; Bioesters / FIT; Amino Labs; Officina Corpuscoli / Mogu; Fragant Moss; Mycoworks; Spiderwort; Criaterra; Living Ink; Ecovative & Biomason; Starter Cutlure / Mica; Spiber; Tina Gorjanc
BiotA Lab and C-Biom.A in show
Robotically printed hydrogel prints (J.Hagopian; S.Mohite; X.Zhou;  H.Qian - front)
Bioreceptive MPC casts (Z.Wang; Y.Jiang; X.Lin; Q.Zeng - back)
C-Biom.A (Nina Jotanovic/Natalie Alima - left) and BiotA Lab prototypes (right)
BiotA Lab and C-Biom.A in show
BiotA Lab and C-Biom.A in show
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

C-BIOM.A - computation, bio-materials and architecture 
Start of Marcos Cruz studio MAA 02 2016/17, at Institute of Advance Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.
Tutor: Marcos Cruz
Assistant tutor: Nina Jotanovic
Academic coordinator MAA02: Maria Kuptsova
Synthetic Biology: Nuria Conde Pueyo
Students: Thorahafdis Arnardottir, Inthat Ueasakaree; Jessica Dias; Nikolaos Argyros; Noor Elgewely; Yasamin Khalilbeigikhameneh; Christopher Wong

BiotA Lab / rC7 MArch Architectural Design, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
Start of Biotechnology and Architeture Lab 2016/17 - Radical Environments
Tutors of rC7: Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Chris Leung, Javier Ruiz
Thesis tutor: Shneel Malik
Students: Xiao Cao; Marisa Dewi; Hao Ding; Eleni Dourampei; Sara Eljamal; Hoda Eskandar Nia; Ling Gou; Yuan Huang; Jeng-Ying Li; Yi Li; Shengtao Luo; Gang Mao; Leyi Qi; Sung Min Rhee; Xu Si; Mu Tsai; Xinyu Wu; Idil Yucel Inal; Bowen Zhang; Ziwei Zhao; Xiaobing Zhou; Zhou Jia

BiotA Lab at B.PRO Final Exhibition, London UK.
BiotA tutors: Marcos Cruz; Richard Beckett; Chris Leung; Javier Ruiz
Installation design: Marcos Cruz; Richard Beckett; Javier Ruiz
Students:  Zhili Wang; Nan Huang; Yi Lui; Yue Li; Chih Hsu; Jiaui Liu; Julie Hagopian; Xinhe Lin; Kwon Kooyoung; Mohit Jotwani; Huang Qian; Jiang Yuxin; Hong Chong; Yeguang Ma; Shiyi Sun; Sanika Mohite; Yucong Xiao; Tang Zheng; Xinyi Zhou; Zeng Qungyue

Bro Show - BiotA Lab
Bro show - BiotA Lab
Bro show - BiotA Lab
Multimaterial cast with MPC concrete for selective bioreceptivity
Robotically printed hydrogel scaffolds with encapsulated algae
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

Lecture 'Biointegrated Design / BioiD' at the University of Siegen, Germany.
Host: Uli Exner; Nikolaus Pamarsche 

July 2016
C-BIOM.A and BiotA Lab projects on Materiability website
Students: Nina Jotanovic; Natalie Alima; Irina Shaklova

External Examination, Royal academy of Fine Arts / KADK, Copenhagen, Denmark.
External Examiners: Marcos Cruz; Marianne Hansen; Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup

June 2016
Article 'Biorecepive Design' (Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett) published in Architectural Research Quarterly / ARQ - Architecture and Biotechnology / Synthetic Biology / Cells as Architects, Cambridge University Press, UK.

June 2016
BiotA Lab installs Bioreceptive Concrete Panels for full seasonal environmental testing at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
VenueCourtyard of 140 Hampstead Road
Team: Prof Marcos Cruz (PI), Richard Beckett, Dr Chris Leung, Dr Sandra Manso, Bill Watts
Funder: Engineering and Physical Science Research Council / EPSRC, UK
StructureChris Leung
Engineering: Price and Myers
Assembly: B-Made
Photo credit: Paul Smoothy

Final Crits and exhibition of C-Biom.A Studio at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.
Location: Corretger Gallery, Barcelona
Critics: Izaskun Chinchilla, Ellena Rocchi, Tony Cumella, Areti Markopoulou, Alex Duboi, Maite Bravo, Maria Kutsova, Mathilde Marengo
Support: Taller Tony Cumella
Students: Nina Jotanovic, Yessica Mendez, Kunaljit Chadha, Zunabath Majid, Wilton Neves
Crits with Izaskun Chinchilla, Areti Markopoulou and Nina Jovanovic
Wall installation by Yessica Mendez
Tiles by Nina Jotanovic
Mycocrete panels by Zunabath Majid
Sulphor concrete robotic printing by Kunaljit Chadha
(from left to right) Kunaljit Chadha, Nina Jovanovic, Marcos Cruz, Zunabath Majid, Yessica Mendez
Photo credit: Marcos Cruz

Book launch of Unit 20 / Hyper-articulated Morphologies (eds. Marjan Colletti and Marcos Cruz) at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
Editors: Marcos Cruz and Marjan Colletti
Illustrated student work: Selina Yau, Vincent Yeung, Giota Kotsovinou, Andreas Koerner, Vivian Wong, James Mills, JJ Saw, Firas Saad, Daniel Coley, Man Chung Wong, Jessica Wang, Matthew Pratt, Patrick Mawson, George Bolwell, Jonathan Wilson, Wiktor Kidziak, Jianze Hao, Shi Qi An, Maria Esteban-Casanas
Publisher: List Lab, Trento Italy, Barcelona Spain
Funding: Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Introduction by editors

Our work in Unit 20 is focused on a multi-layered approach to design where a multitude of thoughts, concepts and methodologies are ingrained in projects. Conspicuously expressive and compelling, the work is driven by programmatic, contextual/climatic and cultural specificities, while at the same time being the result of well-articulated computational agendas that aim not only at novel technological solutions, but also at aesthetics that push beyond boundaries of the conventional.

Computation is a fundamental research tool through which the ornamentation of the architectural skin – or better flesh or bark? – along with augmented spatial and typological conditions, and a novel materiality of buildings can be simulated and fabricated to open up for radically new morphologies in architecture. Buildings seek for a new sense of physical and cultural depth with the use of complexity and hyper-articulated geometries, structures and materials, while simultaneously embracing a new engagement with the body and its ever-changing surrounding environment.  

The work in this book is structured around differentiated physical entities – fields, environments, ornaments, materials, bodies and objects – that create the departure points for projects in which multi-cellularity, fluidity, convolution, porosity, tectonic and exuberance form part of a conscious adjectivisation of architecture that is simultaneously experimental and experiential. However, rather than working by exclusion or elimination, projects articulate all the topics in some manner or another, yet with a mature sense of hierarchy, gradually integrating the multiplicity of thoughts in one synthetic act.

The work shown in this book is a collection of sketches, fragments, dissections, tests and prototypes that illustrate, and why not, diagnose our overall production in constant evolution and change. Top-down tactics of delivering knowledge in architectural education should be considered out-dated, ineffective and unproductive. Consequently, we have adopted a research-led educational model that adopts a more bottom-up, poetic, discursive and open-ended approach.

We are aware that such an approach is experimental and hence insecure, risky, and at best approximated. However, a key characteristic of design processes and design intelligence must be variability. Thus, openness, dynamism and hybridity can be seen as appropriate strategies for educating architects. Coaching (not teaching) a student is a dianoetic process that proceeds by reasoning, argumentation and contemplation (by research). It requires reciprocal communication, two-way debate and cooperative dialogue. And therefore an expanded vocabulary. The colourful and complex glossary proposed in this book is a reflection of what we second-order – or post-digital – architects are pursuing. A restricted vocabulary, both in linguistic and in formal terms, is not only not contemporary, but asphyxiating and counterproductive to the advancement of the discipline.

Arguably, such modus operandi of research-led education can only happen and thrive on an open and multivalue platform (call it a unit, a studio, a lab, a cluster, an institute, a centre, a school or a faculty) and we are grateful that The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL is such a place.

Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Exhibition opening, London UK. 
Guest opener: Liz Diller
Guest opener: Bob Sheil (Director), Frederic Migayrou (Chair), Liz Diller (Guest Opener), Alan Penn (Dean)
Unit 20 installation with work of: Selina Yau, Vincent Yeung, Giota Kotsovinou, Andreas Koerner, Vivian Wong, James Mills, JJ Saw, Firas Saad, Daniel Coley, Man Chung Wong, Jessica Wang, Matthew Pratt, Patrick Mawson, George Bolwell
Photo credit: Paul Smoothy

UNIT 20 final CritsBartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Andy Bow; Yael Reisner; Damjan Iliev; Malca Mizrahi; Richard Beckett; Javier Ruiz; Justin Nicholls; Hina Lad; Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz

Keynote lecture at the Interior Architecture Symposium, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul Turkey.

BiotA Lab presentation at Transport for London, London UK.
Host: Jyoti Patel
: Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett and Michael Pelken (Laing O'Rourke)

BiotA Lab's research discussed in article 'Reinventing the green wall' (by Amanda Birch), in Building Design magazine London UK.

Chairing Production Session at the AAE Research Based Education Conference, Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
Organisation: AAE / Hannah Vowles
Location: Bartlett School of Architecture, 132 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2BX
Keynote speakers: Izaskun Chinchilla; Achim Menges;  Lesley Lokko; Etienne Wenger
Speakers at Production Session: Guan Lee (Bartlett/Grymsdyke Farm) and Eleanor Morgan (Kingston University); Alicia Nahmad Velasquez (Welsh School of Architecture/AA); Ioanna Symeonidou (Aristotles University Thessaloniki/TU Graz)

BiotA Lab research mentioned and illustrated in article 'Moos' (by Jakob Michael), in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany.

BiotA Lab research discussed and illustrated in article 'World of Design: The Joy of Moss and Its Modern Uses, in Houzz Magazine.


Presentation at the Centre for Nature-Inspired Engineering / CNIE, London UK.
HostMarc-Olivier Coppens

Presentation of Bioreceptive Design at the 'Materials Afternoon Sessions / Big Idea Session', at Ecobuild, London UK.
VenueExcell Centre, London
Auditorium: Build Circular

BiotA Lab present research and student work at Ecobuild, London UK.
VenueExcell Centre, London
Stand: E3115

Photo credit: Paul Smoothy
Photo credit: Wanda Yu-Ying Hu

Seminar Talk for the 1st year History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
HostMario Carpo

IaaC-Bartlett (BiotA Lab/rC7) conjoint interim reviews at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.
CriticsMaite Bravo, Maria Kutsova, Mathilde Marengo, Richard Beckett, Javier Ruiz, Marcos Cruz

BiotA Lab / Bioreceptive Design in LS:N Global, UK.

Lecture back to back with Peter Cook at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London

Keynote lecture 'Simulated Realities', National Symposium on the Architectural Thesis at the CCAE, Cork Ireland.

Interim Crit at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonya / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.

Critics: Silvia Brandi, Maite Bravo, Mathilde Marengo, Maria Kutsova, Antonia Navarro Ezquerra, Jordi Vivaldi

Lecture 'Bioreceptive Morphologies' at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonya / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.

Presentation and discussion at BioSalon, Central Saint Martins, London UK. 
Location: Futuro House, Central Saint Martins
HostCarole Collet (Director Design & Living Systems Lab); Karen Gaskill (Head of Innovation, Crafts Council)
Support: Crafts Council and Central Saint Martins
Participants: Jane Scott; Amy Congdon; Robert Kesseler; Guillian Graves; Claudia Pasquero; Tom Eliis; Natsai Chieza; Kieren Jones; Andy Gracie; Marlene Huissoud; Karen Gaskill; Carole Collet; Marcos Cruz

Unit 20 crits at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
CriticsSusanne Hofmann, Richard Beckett, Seda Zirek, Malca Mizrahi, Marcos Cruz

Jury member of Tile of Spain Awards in Architecture and Interior DesignThe Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association ASCER, Castellon Spain.

Jury: Victor Lopez Cotelo (Chair), Laura Andreini; Isabel López Vilalta; Édgar González; Ramón Monfort; Marcos Cruz

marcosandmarjan's Alga(e)zebo commended at the Architectural Review_Emerging Architects Award, London UK.

Location: Barbican London

Design team: marcosandmarjan
Manufacturer: Formstaal / CSI, Stralsund Germany
Engineering: Bollinger, Grohmann und Schneider, Vienna Austria
Photobioreactor: Richard Beckett / DMC London with UCL Algae (special thanks to Dr Saul Purton, Marco Lizzul, Lamya A Haj, Laura Stoffels, Joanna Szaub; Joanne Field at the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, Scottish Marine Institute)
Photo credit: Virgilio Ferreira

Architects Journal's review:
The three-dimensional concrete maze, known as 10 Cal Tower, was designed by the up-and-coming Bangkok-based studio to bring together children and adults.
Located on the Bangsaen Beach, 100km south of Bangkok, the red concrete staircase tower reimagines the traditional playground and creates a meeting place.
The practice was handed the £10,000 prize at an event at the Barbican Centre in London last night (24 November).
Japan-based Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP picked up two ‘highly commended’ awards for its forest chapel and bird’s nest treehouse.
Marcosandmarjan architects (MAM) was the only UK-based practice to win an award. It received a commendation for its Cor-ten installation on Euston Square Gardens entitled Alga(e)zebo.
The awards were judged by architects David Adjaye, Peter Cook and Odile Decq.

Marcos Cruz and Marjan Colletti present at the Architectural Review_Emerging Architects Think Tank, London UK.

Location: Grimshaw Architects London
Moderator: Christine Murray (editor)

Lecture 'Bio-receptive Design' at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts / KADK, Copenhagen Denmark.

End-of-term Crits at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts / KADK, Copenhagen Denmark.
HostDavid Garcia

Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett on BiotA Lab - interview by Rose Eveleth for The Atlantic magazine, New York USA.

Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett on BiotA Lab - interview by Meg Miller for Fast Company magazine, New York USA.

Lecture 'Bio-receptive Design' at the National Taiwan University, Taipei Taiwan.
HostShih-Yao Lai

Jury member for the Taiwan Taoyuan Airport Terminal 3 International Design Competition (Stage 2)TTIA / Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan. 
Competition Coordinator: Barry Cheng
Jury members: Chu-Joe Hsia / Chair (National Taiwan University); Michael Speaks (University of Syracuse, USA); Gene Kwang-Yu King (King Shih Architects, Taiwan); David Steward (IATA, UK); Shannon Hsien-Heng Lee (National Taiwan University); Lin Pang-Soong (Taiwan Design Centre); Jerry Dann (Taoyuan International Airport Corporation); Yung Sung Wen (Taoyuan International Airport Corporation); Erik Kriel (Landrum & Brown, Australia); Fong Kok Wai (Changi Airport Group, Singapore); Marcos Cruz (University College London, UK)
Rendering of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners proposal

First prize:
Representative Tenderer : CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Joint Tenderer : Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (United Kingdom)
        Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong Limited (United Kingdom)
        Fei and Cheng Associates (R.O.C.)
Second prize:
Representative Tenderer : Bio-Architecture Formosana (R.O.C.)
Joint Tenderer : Van Berkel en Bos U.N. Studio B.V. (Netherlands)
        April Yang Design Studio Limited (U.S.A.)
        Taiwan Engineering Consultant Group (ROC)
Third prize:
Representative Tenderer : Foster + Partners Limited (United Kingdom)
Joint Tenderer : Ricky Liu and Associate Architects + Planners (ROC)
        MAA Group Consulting Engineers (ROC)

Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett presentation and exhibition of BiotA LAB at BIOFABRICATE conference, New York City.
VenueMicrosoft Centre, TimeSquare, NYC
OrganisersSuzanne Lee
Organisation teamSuzanne Lee; Amy Congdon; Annelie Koller; Emma van der Leest
SpeakersRob Carlson / Bioeconomy Capital; Jasmina Aganovic / Mother Dirt; Tal Danino / MIT; Miranda Wang / BioCellection; Thomas Landrain / pili Bio; Christina Agapakis / Ginkgo Bioworks; Rodrigo Martinex / IDEO; Dan Grushkin / The Wilson Centre; Ellen Jorgensen / Genespace; Eleonore Pauwells / The Wilson Centre; Karen Ingram / Artist-Animator; David S.Kong / Lincoln Lab-MIT; Marcos Cruz & Richard Beckett / BiotA Lab; Eric Klarenbeek / Studio Klarenbeek; Christophe Guberan / Studio Guberan; Danny Cabrera / Biobots; Oded Shoseyow / CollPlant; Matthew Markus / Pembient; Camille Delebecque / Afineur; Isha Datar / New Harvest; Oron Catts / SymbioticA; Andras Forgacs / Modern Meadow 
Photo credit: Shawn Liu
Photo credit: Regina Flores Mir

BiotA Lab / rC7- rC5 MArch Architectural Design, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
Kick start of Biotechnology and Architeture Lab 2015/16 
Tutors of rC7: Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Chris Leung, Javier Ruiz
Tutors of rC5: Guan Lee and Vicente Soler
Students: Zhili Wang; Nan Huang; Yi Lui; Yue Li; Chih Hsu; Jiaui Liu; Julie Hagopian; Xinhe Lin; Kwon Kooyoung; Mohit Jotwani; Huang Qian; Jiang Yuxin; Hong Chong; Yeguang Ma; Shiyi Sun; Sanika Mohite; Yucong Xiao; Tang Zheng; Xinyi Zhou; Zeng Qungyue

C-BIOM.A - computation, bio-materials and architecture 
Kick start of Marcos Cruz studio MAA 02, at Institute of Advance Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.
Tutor: Marcos Cruz
Synthetic Biology: Nuria Conde Pueyo
Students: Kunaljit Chandha; Nina Jatonavic; Wilton Machado Neves; Yessica Gabriela Mendez Sierra; Mehmet Yilmaz; Zunabath Abdul Majid

Unit 20 MArch Architecture, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
Kick start of 2015/16
Tutors: Marcos Cruz and Marjan Colletti
Students: Andreas Koerner; Giota Kotsovinou; Jia Jian Saw; Patrick Mawson; Tom Wong; Selina Yau; Vivian Wong; Mon Thi Han; Daniel Coley; Goerge Bolwell; Chris Falla; James Mills; Matthew Pratt; Firas Saad; Vicent Yeong

Isfahan - Discovering 'Half of the World'
To travel has been one of the quintessential activities of human kind. From ancient times people have embarked on journeys to trade goods and knowledge, discover new worlds, and conquer new land, all of which has shaped the political map of the planet as we live in now. One of the most important and influential international routes was the silk route that linked the Far East with Europe for centuries, and which has allowed for an extraordinary exchange of cultures and commodities. 
Today, technology has allowed for unprecedented fluxes of people to commute locally and travel globally. From sophisticated communication systems, to the planning of supra-urban infrastructures, the explosion of the tourist industry and trade relationships, our history is more than ever a reflection of the capabilities (or restrictions) of people’s mobility. This year, Unit 20 will explore Persia, a culture that has been in the heart of the silk route and historically one of the major cultural hubs. But albeit being a place defined by great mobility, it was locked and isolated in recent times due to an international embargo that was only just recently lifted. 
The unit will look at the future potentials and challenges of this extraordinary country with its new-invigorated dynamism. Students will study the exuberance of Persian architecture with its ornamentation and elegance and create visions for its future. Unit 20 will be on route to Isfahan, a city of unmatched beauty and historic ambiance that has been considered for centuries as Half of the World. Students will focus on the implications of people’s mobility, travel and communication and delineate future trajectories of this fascinating place. 

BiotA Lab at B.PRO Final Exhibition, London UK. 
BiotA tutors: Marcos Cruz; Richard Beckett; Javier Ruiz
Installation design: Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett
Students:  Cheng-Hsiang Lew; You Han Hu; Shneel Malik; Jiang; Dan Lin; Sunbin Lee; Zhixiong Yang; Soo Hyung Kim; Chae Ah Ahn; Chen Wen; Sul Ah Lee; Taehyun Lee; Chang Lui; Yuxi Lu; Xia Chen Wei
Photo credit: Shawn Liu

Marcos Cruz interviewed and featured in BBC EARTH - 'Incredible Buildings Inspired by Nature' by Michelle Douglass, UK. 

Jury member for the Taiwan Taoyuan Airport Terminal 3 International Design Competition (Stage 1), TTIA / Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan. 
Competition Coordinator: Barry Cheng
Jury members: Chu-Joe Hsia / Chair (National Taiwan University); Michael Speaks (University of Syracuse, USA); Gene Kwang-Yu King (King Shih Architects, Taiwan); David Steward (IATA, UK); Shannon Hsien-Heng Lee (National Taiwan University); Lin Pang-Soong (Taiwan Design Centre); Jerry Dann (Taoyuan International Airport Corporation); Yung Sung Wen (Taoyuan International Airport Corporation); Erik Kriel (Landrum & Brown, Australia); Fong Kok Wai (Changi Airport Group, Singapore); Marcos Cruz (University College London, UK)

Shortlisted Tenderer:
Representative Tenderer : CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Joint Tenderer : .Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (United Kingdom)
        .Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong Limited (United Kingdom)
        .Fei and Cheng Associates (R.O.C.)

Representative Tenderer : Bio-Architecture Formosana (R.O.C.)
Joint Tenderer :.Van Berkel en Bos U.N. Studio B.V. (Netherlands)
        .April Yang Design Studio Limited (U.S.A.)

Representative Tenderer : Foster + Partners Limited (United Kingdom)

July 2015 
BiotA Lab wins funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop the research project 'Computational Seeding of Bio-Receptive Materials'.
Call: Design the Future
Research team: Dr Marcos Cruz (PI - Bartlett/BiotA), Richard Beckett (Bartlett/BiotA),  Dr Sandra Manso (UPC), Dr Chris Leong (Bartlett/Interactive Lab), Bill Watts (Bartlett/Max Fordham LLP)
Industrial Partner: Laing O'Rourke 
Strategic Advisory Board: Andrew Minson (British Precast); Elinor Huggett (Max Fordham LLP); Richard Sabin (Biotecture); Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens (Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, UCL); Prof Nima Shokri (Multiphase Flow and Porous Media Research Group, University of Manchester); Prof Mark Miodownik (Institute of Making, UCL); Johanna Gibbons (landscape architecture); Stephen Ridell (CIT Development); Prof Antonio Aguado (UPC Barcelona); Prof Alan Penn (Dean Bartlett, UCL); Peter Scully (B-Made Bartlett, UCL); Prof Peter Bishop (Bartlett, UCL / Allies and Morrison); Dr Paolo Bombelli (Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge); Dr Marco Lizzul (Algae@UCL).

BiotA Lab / MArch GAD rc7 Final Crits at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
CriticsMartyn Dade-Robertson; Marin Sawa; Natsai Chiesa Audrey, Stephen Gage, Yael Reisner; Chris Leong; Richard Beckett, Javier Ruiz, Marcos Cruz

Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Exhibition opening, London UK. 
Guest opener: 
Carmen Pinos

Unit 20 installation with work of: Selina Yau, Jonathan Wilson, Vincent Yeung, Giota Kotsovinou, Andreas Koerner, Vivian Wong, Jianze Hao, Shiqi An, Maria Esteban Casanas, James Mills, JJ Saw, Firas Saad, Wiktor Kidziak, Daniel Coley

Photo credit: Marjan Colletti

Final Crits and exhibition of Marcos Cruz Studio in the MAA 02 at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain. 
Students: Tobias Grumstrup, Irina Shaklova, Natalie Alima, Alessio Verdolino, Chung Kai Hsieh, Mohamad Yassin
Critics: Manuel Gausa, Stephen Gage, Areti Markopoulou, Silvia Brandi, Ricardo Devesa, Maite Bravo
Final exhibition
Alessio Verdolino
Tobias Grumstrup
Natalie Alima
Photo Credit: Filippo Poli

External examiners for the MArch Architecture / Unit 20 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Students: Jonathan Wilson, Jianze Hao, Shiqi An, Maria Esteban Casanas, Wiktor Kidziak
Examiners: Marta Malé-Alemany; Perry Kulper; Richard Rose-Casemore; Peter Wilson; Wolfgang Taschapeller; Geoff Manaugh; Barbara Campbell-Lange; Charles Rice

Presentation and table discussion at symposium Techno-Liberation / Can Technology Contribute to Social Equality?University College London, London UK.
Organisers: Klara Aylin Wenten; Emilia Lischke
Speakers: David Wood / London Futurists; Judy Wacjman / LSE; Marcos Cruz / Bartlett
Moderator: Jack Stilgoe / UCL

UNIT 20 final CritsBartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Theo Spyropoulous (Minimaforms/AADRL), Moyez Alwani (Aga Khan), Andrei Martin (PLP Architects), Michael Pelken (Laing O'Rourke), Lena Vasileva (P+Studio), Isaie Bloch (Erogatory), Andy Bow (Foster and Partners); Dirk Krolokowski (Rogers Stirk Harbour), Bob Sheil (Bartlett UCL), Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz
Theo Spyropoulous, Moyez Alwani, Marcos Cruz, Isaie Bloch, Roberto Bottazzi
Photo credit: Marjan Colletti

BiotA Lab launch at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Bartlett Labs
BiotA Lab (Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett); Wonderlab (Alisa Andrasek); Interactive Architecture Lab (Ruairi Glynn); Urban Morphogenesis Lab (Claudia Pasquero); City and Urban Infrastructures Lab (Adrian Lahoud)
Guests: Francesco Anselmo / Arup; Pedro Pablo Arroyo / Universidad Europea de Madrid; Jo Bacon / Allies and Morrison; Pete Brugon / Max Fordham LLP; Jane Butler / UCL; Alice Chilver / UCL; David Cobb / UCL; Carole Collet / Design and living Systems Lab; Marc-Olivier Coppens / UCL; Amy Croft / Sto Werkstatt; Wendy de Silva / P + HS Architects; Xavier deKestelier / Foster and Partners; Colin Dowds / Lafarge Tarmac; Tom Mole / UCL; Richard Beckett / UCL; Bob Sheil / UCL; Iain Duncan / MouseTrap Innovation Ltd; Jose Luis Esteban Penelas / Universidad Europea de Madrid; James Flynn / Make; Anne Frobeen / Samsung; Irene Gallo / Foster and Partners; David Green / Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will; Adam Grice / Make; Josef Hardgrave / Arup; Carlos Huggins / UCL; Chris Leong / UCL; Marco Lizzul / Algal Biotechnology UCL; Kimberley Steed German / UCL; Bill Watts / Max Fordham LLP-UCL; Sandra Manso Blanco / Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya; Nick McCormick / National Physical Laboratory; Chris Moore / Max Fordham LLP; Bruno Moser / Foster and Partners; Bill Nimmo / National Physical Laboratory; Irini Papadimitriou / V&A; Brenda Parker / UCL; Michael Pelken / Laing O’Rourke; Henry Pelly / Max Fordham LLP; Alan Penn / UCL; Marin Sawa / Imperial College; Ella Sivyer / UCL; Susana Soares / Southbank University of Architecture; Elizabeth Tweedale /Blueshift; Rich Walker / Shadow Robot; Ed Watson / Camden Borough Council; Jamie Davies / University of Edinburgh

Richard Beckett and Marcos Cruz

Alisa Andrasek

Ruairi Glynn

Claudia Pasquero

Adrian Lahoud

Photo Credit: Richard Stonehouse

Cross-Cribs of MAA 02 at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain. 
StudiosMarcos Cruz / C-Biom.A; Vicente Guallart; Jordi Pages / Luis Viu
Critics: Manuel Gausa, Areti Markopoulou, Silvia Brandi, Matie Bravo, Vicente Guallart, Jordi Pages, Luis Viu, Ricardo Devesa, Maria Kuptsova, Mercedes Montilla Garcia

Filmed interview: Marcos Cruz in conversation with Bill Watts about his Sahara Project, Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Production team: Per Liebeck / Director, CFC Norge-Copenhagen Film Company

BiotA Lab / rc7 GAD interim juries at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
CriticsFrederic Migayrou, Andrew Porter, Natsai Chiesa Audrey, Stephen Gage, Richard Beckett, Javier Ruiz, Marcos Cruz

Crits at School of Architecture Oxford Brooks University, UK.
Critics: Barry Wark, Maria Knutsson-Hall, Marcos Cruz

Final Diploma Reviews at the Leopold Franzens Universitaet, Innsbruck Austria.
Faculty of Architecture

Critics: Volker Giencke, Oliver Domeisen, Marjan Colletti, Peter Trummer, Gaby Seifert, Bart Lootsma, Marcos Cruz, Kathrin Aste, Michael Wihart, Eric Sidoroff, among others.
Photo Credit: Marjan Colletti

Seminar Talk for the MA Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
Host: Mario Carpo

IaaC-Bartlett (BiotA Lab/rC7) conjoint interim reviews at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.
Critics: Manuel Gausa, Areti Markopoulou, Josep Mias, Silvia Brandi, Ricardo Devesa, Maite Bravo, Richard Beckett, Marcos Cruz
BiotA Lab/rC7 (Bartlett) students during crits. Models on table by IAAC students .
Photo Credit: Marcos Cruz
Critics (from left): Josep Mias, Silvia Brandi, Ricardo Devesa, Areti Markopoulou, Richard Beckett, Maite Bravo
Photo Credit: Marcos Cruz

Final Diploma Reviews at the University of Applied Arts / Die Angewandte, Vienna Austria.
Studio Hadid - Studio Rashid - Studio Lynn

Critics: Zaha Hadid, Hani Rashid, Greg Lynn, Sanford Kwinter, Patrick Schumacher, Klaus Bollinger, Brian Cody, Marcos Cruz
Photo Credit: Francesco Lipari
Photo Credit: Roswitha Janowski-Fritsch

C-BIOM.A - computation, bio-materials and architecture 
Marcos Cruz supervises Thesis cluster for MAA 02, at Institute of Advance Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.

The Bartlett achieves highest results in REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework), UK.

The Bartlett has 46% of its REF 2014 research profile rated as 4* world-leading in quality -- significantly up from a combined average of 30% across the two RAE 2008 submissions -- and another 35% of its research profile is recognised as 3* internationally excellent. More than 80% of the Bartlett's profile is now in the two highest categories. It also means that Bartlett staff produced the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the same REF sub-panel. Altogether, The Bartlett has a very strong grade point average of 3.25, and also a very high number of 4* and 3* research, which when multiplied by the unparalleled number of our research staff, places it clearly as the top-ranking institution for the subject.

The Bartlett’s results in the REF 2014 exercise are among the very best within UCL, which was ranked 1st overall above both Oxford and Cambridge, for its research strength, returning a total of 2,750 scholars (c. 2,566 FTE) as 92% of the eligible staff in the university. UCL’s highly inclusive approach, as exemplified by The Bartlett, reflects its status as a genuinely research-intensive university where a supportive environment enables staff to live up to their potential as world-class researchers.

Source: Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment

December 2014
Book launch of book Sobre El Cuerpo Habitable de la Arquitectura, Montevideo Uruguay.
Author: Marcos Cruz
Introduction: Martin Cobas 
Publicsher: Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad de la República (Colección conferencias)
ISBN: 978-9974-0-1161-8

Unit 15 Crits at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
Critics: Kristina Schenigger, Stefan Rutizinger, Maren Klasing, Jeffrey Lee, David Edwards, Marcos Cruz

BiotA Juries at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK.
Critics: Frederic Migayrou, Natsai Chiesa Audrey, Gyungju Chyon, John Sadar, Stephen Gage, Claudia Pasquero, Andrew Porter, Ruairi Glynn, , Richard Beckett, Javier Ruiz, Marcos Cruz

C-BIOM.A - computation, bio-materials and architecture 
Introduction of Thesis cluster for MAA 02, at Institute of Advance Architecture of Catalonia / IaaC, Barcelona Spain.
Introductions: Areti Markpoulou, Manuel Gausa
Various cluster presentations: Vicente Guallart, Lluis Viu & Jordi Pages, Marcos Cruz, amongst others

BiotA LAB / rC7 MArch Graduate architectural Design, Bartlett UCL, London UK.
Biotechnology and Architeture Lab 
Tutors of rC7: Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Javier Ruiz
BiotA is a new and innovative design research lab that merges architecture, biology and engineering. The Lab explores new modes of production and simulation in architecture, as well as advances in the field of synthetic biology, biotechnology, molecular engineering and material sciences, and how these subjects are leading towards an ever increasing multidisciplinary approach to environmental design. The result is a new sense of materiality, new hybrid technologies and unprecedented living forms that are being integrated in our contemporary built environment.

BiotA Lab is part of an emerging network of international experts who develop bio-digital prototypes based on the novel use of advanced biotechnologies. Students plan and grow a series of systems that explore a new ecological model for architecture that respond to specific climates based upon the relationship between environmental conditions and the interfacial properties of materials with mircro-organisms. In opposition to the traditional complexities and highly costly ‘green architecture’, the use of such designed systems promote a new symbiosis between buildings and nature that is more computationally sophisticated, and far less costly for buildings in high-dense cities.

All work is produced between the studio and the laboratory where the application of these systems is designed using advanced computation through modelling and simulation. Organisms are grown and materials tested under real laboratory conditions providing feedback for rigorous iteration and data for advanced fabrication of prototypes.


BiotA Lab students and research affiliates have a unique set of skills that bridge innovative computational design, fabrication and laboratory protocols. Following their students at the Bartlett they collaborate in wide range of architectural practices and laboratories, with a particular focus on innovative bio-digital design. The cross-collaborative nature of this work allows BiotA students to work individually but also as part of greater teams that are exploring new environmental design agendas that respond to the increasing challenges in our cities.

UNIT 20 / MArch Architecture, Bartlett UCL
Incredible India - Liminal Geometries, Radical Materiality, Extreme Realities, Awesome Beauty
Tutors: Marcos Cruz, Marjan Colletti, Richard Beckett
India is one of the most incredible places on earth. With its amazingly diverse culture and history, deep spiritual dimension, social richness, as well as extraordinary landscapes, it forms a (sub) continent in its own right. India is growing and changing at a phenomenal pace, yet maintains great economic and infrastructural disparities. For example, medical facilities range from non-existent in rural areas to world-class in some cities and still only 60% of homes have toilets, whilst Bihar State authorities have unveiled a model of the world's largest Hindu temple... Similarly, the very latest machinery and IT skills may be used in some construction projects, whereby most workers do without mechanization on construction sites. Around 16% of the nation's working population depends on construction for its livelihood.

Additionally, increasingly extreme weather conditions are affecting India’s climate, which is leading to regular droughts and floods on unprecedented scale. In this context, Unit 20 will explore notions of the extreme, a phenomenon implicit to our times. Not only India, but also the world by and large is becoming more and more extreme and overcrowded, leading to unparalleled contrasts, scales and complexity, especially in what concerns our beliefs, habits and technological capabilities. The unit is interested in exploring the extreme geometric (form), material (perception), social (reality) and aesthetic (beauty) dimensions of architecture.

- Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process
- Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold
- Maximum, greatest, ultimate, supreme, paramount, acute, major, enormous, severe, exceptional
- Drastic, serious, forceful, desperate, dire, far-reaching, momentous, consequential, substantial
- Extremist, immoderate, exaggerated, intemperate, outrageous, unreasonable
- Fanatical, revolutionary, rebellious, subversive, militant, combative, dangerous, risky
- Utmost, furthest, highest, most distant, final, last, terminal, remotest
- Total, entire, absolute, comprehensive, exhaustive, complete, far-reaching, extensive
- Fundamental, basic, quintessential, thorough, serious, rigorous, profound, deep-seated, profound
- Severe, drastic, draconian, stringent, violent
- Revolutionary, progressive, reforming, revisionist, fanatical, militant
- Breathtaking, amazing, stunning, stupendous, staggering, extraordinary, incredible, magnificent
- Unbelievable, phenomenal, awe-inspiring, sublime, miraculous, wonderful, spectacular
- Formidable, imposing, impressive, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, out of this world

Keynote lecture at the What's the Matter? Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation conference, ENHSA/COAC/ETSAV, Barcelona Spain.

Organisers: Maria Voyatzaki and Constantin Spiridonidis
Keynote speakers: Manuel de Landa, Mario Carpo, Alisa Andrasek, Philippe Morel, Bob Sheil, Mark Burry, Carmen Andriani, Lars Spuybroek, Kas Osterhuis, Luciana Parisi, Justin Dirrenberger, Marcos Cruz
Debate: Marta Male-Alemany, Mark Burry and Marcos Cruz

August 2014
Article 'Architectural Education Today - The School of Tomorrow' published in conference proceedings 16th Meeting of Heads of European Schools of Architecture: Constantin Spiridonidis, Maria Voyatzaki (eds). Dealing with Change - For a dynamic, responsive, adaptive and engaged architectural education", ENHSA Thessaloniki 2014 

July 2014
Article/Interview by Luz Paz Agras 'Marcos Cruz - Arquitectura como ecologia', in Dardo Magazine n.25 Art+Architecture+Design (bilingual art magazine in Spanish and Portuguese), Santiago de Compostela/Lisbon 2014 
Content: Pedro Cabrita Reis, Escena Artística Peruana, Frenando Velásquez, Marcos Cruz, Tomás Alonso, Rodríguez-Méndez, Alejandro de la Sota, Est Art Fair

Opening of the UCL Built Environment Club, Seoul South Korea
Location: Renaissance Hotel
Organisation: David Cobb / Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment
Speakers: David Cobb - UCL Bartlett Director of Business Development; Mr Scott Wightman - HM Ambassador to Korea; Professor Lee Kyung Hoi - Chairman, Korea Research Institute of Eco-Environmental Architecture(KRIEA) and Emeritus Professor Yonsai university; Mr Martin Fryer - Country Director, British Council Korea; Dr Ben Croxford - Director, UCL Centre for Sustainable Buildings; Dr Marcos Cruz - Former Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture; Dr Kyung Wook Seo - UCL Alumnus and Assistant Professor, Architectural Department Kyonggi University
Book launch of The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture

Seminar talk 'Paradigms of Contemporary Architecture', at Seoul National University, Seoul South Korea

Book launch of UNIT 20 / poroCITIES -  Architectures of Permeability for Contemporary Urban Dwelling, London UK.
Editors: Marjan Colletti, Richard Beckett and Marcos Cruz
Design/Assistant Editor: Anahita Chouhan
Publicsher: ListLAB Trento, Italy
ISBN: 9788898774371

Opening of Unit 20 exhibition at the Bartlett Summer Show 2014, Slade School of Art / University College London, UK. 
Photo Credit: Richard Beckett

Opening of the Bartlett Summer Show 2014 at the Slade School of Art / University College London, UK.
Guest Opener: Michael Webb

23-06-2014 - 27-06-2014
Low-Carbon City consultancy for the Environmental Protection Administration, Taipei Taiwan. 
Organisation: EPA Taiwan / Environmental Science Technology Consultnats Corporation ESTCC TaiwanLecturers: Peter Bishop; Oliver WIlton; Marcos Cruz
Marcos Cruz Lecture 1 (24-06-2014): Social Sustainability - Typologies to match contemporary lifestyles
社會永續性 - 符合當代生活方式的類型學

Marcos Cruz Lecture 2 (24-06-2014): Sustainable Placemaking - Methods to reduce energy demands
永續的地方營造 - 減少能源需求的方法
Marcos Cruz Lecture 3 (26-06-2014): GREENER BUILDINGS - Future directions
更綠建築 - 未來方向
Marcos Cruz Lecture 4 (26-06-2014): 2 Case studies - 兩個案例研究

Lecture 'Paradigms of Contemporary Architecture', an event with Daniel Tai, at Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research - SADI, Shenzhen P R China.
Host: Jianmin Meng

Interview by Juan Francisco Cañada, London UK.

SYN.DE.BIO SYMPOSIUM 01 and website launch, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, London UK.
The symposium focused on work that is emerging at the crossroads of design, biology and engineering. 12 international speakers focused on built projects, processes and materials that employ innovative fabrication techniques and design methods to explore and apply biological material in architecture. Advances in the field of synthetic biology, biotechnology and material sciences, as well as new modes of production and simulation are leading towards an increasing multidisciplinary approach to design. The emergence of novel synthetic ecologies and a new sense of materiality are giving us alternative answers to our future built environment. 
The symposium could be followed live on and on twitter #syndebio

Location: Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - REH, 21 Capper Street London WC1E 2QG
Speakers: Claudia Pasquero (EcoLogicStudio/Bartlett UCL); Sandra Manso Blanco (UPC Barcelona/Uni Gent/LabMET); Steve Pike (Arcolony/Acanthus LW); Marin Sawa (Imperial College); Marco Lizzul (UCL Algae/Varicon Aqua Solutions); Henk Jonkers (CiTEG Microlab/TU Delft); Gregory Tudryn (Evocative); Richard Beckett (Arch-T/Bartlett UCL) / Marcos Cruz (marcosandmarjan/Bartlett UCL); Ginger Dosier (BioMason/American University of Sharjah); Jan Wurm (Arup Berlin); Thom Faulders (Thom Faudlers Studio/CCA San Francisco); Bill Watts (Max Fordham)

Unit 20 Final Crits, Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Andy Bow, Christine Hawley, Christos Passas, Claudia Pasquero, Rob Stuart-Smith, Robert Aish, Marjan Colletti, Richard Beckett, Marcos Cruz

Interview by Luz Paz Agras for DARDO magazine, London UK.

Talk at 'Evolving Formations' event, as part of the Design by Mother Nature - Biomimetic Products exhibition, at Roca Gallery, London UK. 
Introduction/organisation: Chris Lefteri
Speakers: Michael Pawlyn, Chris Johnson, Eleanor Morgan, Marcos Cruz

Lecture and book launch of The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture, at Escola Superior Artística do Porto - ESAP, Igreja da Misericórdia, 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).

On this trip I was extremely lucky that very 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.

Martin Cobas interviews Marcos Cruz at Casa Museu Vilamajó, Montevideu Uruguay.

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

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

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

Valeria Lange interviews Marcos Cruz for Esquicio de radio / FMGEN, Cordoba Argentina.

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

Lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Construcción - Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Santiago Chile.

Lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos / Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile.
Commentator/Moderator: Pedro Alonso

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

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

Cross Crits Unit 20 and Unit 15, Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Kristina Schinegger, Maren Klasing, Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz


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) 

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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,