Marcos Cruz

CNIE Application Area - Built Environment

Marcos Cruz is an Architect and Professor of Innovative Environments. He is the Director of Bio-Integrated Design, a cross-disciplinary research platform between Architecture and Biochemical Engineering that he created with Dr Brenda Parker to develop new sustainable solutions for the built environment.

His varied academic activity as an investigator, tutor and critic has been carried out at the IaaC where he is Visiting Professor (2014-); the University of Westminster (2008-10); UCLA (2010); and most of all UCL where he was the Director of the Bartlett (2010-14), while running MArch Unit 20 for 19 years.

Cruz gained the acclaimed RIBA research award in 2008 and is PI of various research projects, most importantly on Poikilohydric Living Walls and Bioreceptive Materials. His involvement in architectural practice has been mainly through his partnership of mam/marcosandmarjan, having won numerous prizes, commissions and exhibited widely, with work in the permanent collection of the FRAC. Noteworthy is also his collaboration with Peter Cook and Colin Fournier for the Kunsthaus Graz competition (2000, first prize).

Cruz is the author and editor of various books, including The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture (Ashgate, 2013); AD – Neoplasmatic Design (John Wiley & Sons, 2008); Interfaces/Intrafaces (SpringerWienNewYork, 2005); Unit 20 (University of Valencia/ACTAR, 2002).

Marcos Cruz