Marta Rodriguez, registered architect in Spain, is an Assistant Professor at UHCoAD, Houston. She holds a Ph.D in Advanced Architectural Projects from UPM ETSAM. Her work emerges from the confluence of a cross-disciplinary and intercultural experience, with a humanistic and ecological sensitivity. She recently founded Habitable Studio, a think-tank that aims to create habitable environments spanning from the scale of the domestic to the scale of the city and the rural. She also created Habitable City, an online journal that promotes a more egalitarian, connected, safe and livable city.
She began her professional career at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in Rotterdam, where she was part of the team that won the international competition for designing the New Court Rothschild Bank in London in 2005. She subsequently began her own practice in Madrid, winning numerous awards in public architectural competitions in Spain, which have been widely published in international magazines such as AV Proyectos, and PASAJES Arquitectura y Crítica. Among them, the first prize in the competition for designing the new University Library of the South Campus of the UPM in Madrid, and the first prize in the competition for designing a University Research Center for the University of Valladolid. In recent years, she has worked at her atelier in Houston, developing projects of multiple scales with various collaborators.
For over a decade, Marta Rodriguez has focused her research on identifying the causes for Japan’s transformation into the world’s optimum architectural laboratory, beginning in the 1980s. Currently, Rodriguez is working on a manuscript that centers on Sejima's independent practice and her contributions to contemporary architectural discourse over the last three decades. Her book Charlotte Perriand & Kazuyo Sejima: Una Revolucion Sutil is expected to be published in 2020. Rodriguez's investigation has included urban nomadism, affordable housing, productive city, and the reinvention of suburbia.
Chapters by Dr. Rodriguez have been included in Arquitectura Contemporánea de Japón: Nuevos Territorios (2015) and Architecture: The Whole Story (2014). Her recent articles and papers are “Architecture and Urban Nomadism in Contemporary Japan” (2020), “Experimental Japanese Architecture: From Shinohara to Ishigami” (2019), “The Paradox of the New City” (2018), “Feminism and Architecture” (2015), “Le Corbusier en ‘Líneas Simples’: Toyo Ito” (2015), “Transnational Architecture: Charlotte Perriand & Kazuyo Sejima” (2015), “The Domestic Adventure of the 1980s in Japan” (2015), “Transnational Architecture & New Femininity” (2014), “Charlotte Perriand. Un mestizaje Japón-Europa” (2013), and “Arquitectura Metabolista petite: Las raíces francesas de las cápsulas móviles de Ekuan” (2012).
Her Petite Architecture concept was cited by Denna Jones in an article entitled "Naturally Nomadic" in the Living Spaces edition of Cover magazine (London, 2014). In 2016, she was interviewed by Winifred Bird for ArchiExpo, published under the title "Japanese Architecture and the West.” She has presented her work at many conferences and has been invited to talk at prestigious institutions and universities, located in New York, Seoul, Madrid, Saint Louis, Chicago, Paris, Valencia, Houston, Honolulu, Valladolid, and Naples.
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