Dr. Marta Rodriguez

Marta Rodriguez is a registered architect in Spain, with over 15 years of experience, including designing, building, construction management, leading teams of architects and designers, researching, and teaching. Before starting her own practice, Marta worked for OMA in Rotterdam, Ingenor engineering company, and Lahoz Lopez architectural office in Madrid, designing and building schools, university research facilities, offices, hospitals, and small medical clinics. 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.   

Marta Rodríguez holds a Ph.D. in Advanced Architectural Projects from UPM ETSAM, and is currently an Associate Professor at UH CoAD, Houston. Her work emerges from the confluence of a cross-disciplinary and intercultural experience, with a humanistic and ecological sensitivity. She has been 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; and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley. In Japan, she has conducted research funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (FPU 2008-2012). 

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.


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). 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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