Atelier, Marta Rodriguez, petite architecture, university of houston, japanese, sejima, Houston

Marta Rodriguez, PhD Architect (ETSAM), is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston and principal at Atelier Marta Rodriguez.


She began her professional practice at The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, where she was part of the team who won the International Competition for designing the New Court Rothschild Bank in London in 2005. She subsequently started her own practice, winning several Public Architectural Competitions in Spain. She recently opened her own atelier in Houston, where she pursues an innovative approach to architecture and urbanism. Her projects have been published in international magazines such as Arquitectura Viva, and PASAJES Arquitectura y Crítica, and in several books by the University of Valladolid Press and Mairea Publisher.


Marta Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She has served as a visiting professor at the Institute of

Architecture Technology of TU Graz, Austria; a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies, Sciences Po, Paris; a visiting scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley; and, in Tokyo, a researcher funded by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Development.

Rodriguez’s work emerges from her dual interest as a practicing architect and a scholar, and it encompasses her profound belief that: the path to innovation begins in our understanding of the past, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to meet the needs of the future, and architecture and urban planning are interdependent. These core beliefs and interests have intersected in her three main areas of research: Contemporary Japanese Architecture, Productive Cities, and Catastrophic Architecture.


She has published numerous papers on architectural theory, criticism and contributed to several books. Recent articles include "Petite Architecture Linked to Technological Revolutions and the Flourishing of Urban Nomadism” (2018), "Feminism and Architecture" (2015), “Transnational Architecture: Charlotte Perriand & Kazuyo Sejima” (2015), “Petite Architecture” (2014), “Charlotte Perriand. Un mestizaje Japón-Europa” (2013), “Metabolist Architecture as petite: The French roots of Ekuan’s mobile capsules” (2012).

tOny endieveri I photographer