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Mara O Marcu

Title: Assistant Professor, LEED AP
Office: 8280D Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-6426
Email: mara.marcu@uc.edu
Web: http://www.maramarcu.com/

Mara Marcu received her Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD in 2009 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in 2005. She is also a graduate of the International Master Class with Glenn Murcutt - Australia and Ghost Lab 7 with Brian MacKay-Lyons - Canada.
Her teaching and research focus on providing for a digital and material workflow that connects design, fabrication, and culture-specific topics. Mara was awarded the Best in Show Design Award upon graduation by the University of Houston and is the recipient of the University of Virginia Fellowship in 2011.

Education

  • Master of Architecture, Harvard University GSD, Cambridge, MA, 2009 (Design, Theory, Computation, Digital Fabrication).
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Houston, TX, 2005 (Architecture).

Research Information

Research Interests

Mara Marcu understands space as having an ineffable power over people due to an archaic/built-in intelligence. Various projects, therefore, explore this psychological charge of architecture by looking into the symbolism and mythology of space, using as tools the technological advancements of our times.
 

Research Support

  • Mara, Marcu, FDC Grant, University of Cincinnati . 1,600. 2014 to 2014. Status: Completed.
  • Mara, Marcu, Tri-state Masonry Foundation , University of Cincinnati . 10,000. 2014 to 2015. Status: Completed.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Tang, Ming/ Marcu, Mara (2015). (In Press). Data Mapping and Ornament. The 2015 ACADIA Computational Ecologies, Design in the Anthropocene Paper Proceedings, 111--121.
  • Marcu, Mara/ Tang, Ming (2015). (In Press). The Strange Wall. The 2015 ACADIA Computational Ecologies, Design in the Anthropocene Project Proceedings, 190--193.
  • Tang, Ming/ Marcu, Mara (2015). (In Press). Transmutated Tectonics. The 2015 ACADIA Computational Ecologies, Design in the Anthropocene Project Proceedings, 164--167.
  • Marcu, Mara (2015). (In Press). Dendritic Malformation. A Case Study on Adaptable Tectonic Systems. Dendritic Malformation. A Case Study on Adaptable Tectonic Systems, 10 (1), 40--49. [Link]
  • Marcu, Mara (2015). (In Press). Zoomable World/Misbehaved Tectonics. The 2015 National Conference on the Beginning Design Student Proceedings, 361--368.
  • Marcu, Mara (2013). (In Press). Sambo’ _[Reconfigured. ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture Proceedings, 423--424. [Link]

Book Chapters

  • Marcu, Mara (2013). (In Press). InterDependent Modulation. In Abbasy Asbagh, Ghazal (Eds.), Ghazal Abbasy Asbagh (pp.129-136). Barcelona, Spain: ACTAR.
  • Marcu, Mara (2013). Sambo’ _[Reconfigured. In Alexander, Diane. Knodt, Nick. Williams, Clayton (Eds.), LUNCH 8: Future for Sites Unknown (pp.86-91). Richmond, VA: Carter Printing.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Tang, Ming/ Marcu, Mara (10/22/2015). Data Mapping and Ornament. ACADIA 2015 CONFERENCE, CINCINNATI, OH. [Link]
  • Marcu, Mara (07/11/2014). Dendritic Malformation. Design and Nature WIT International Conference, Opatija, Croatia. [Link]
  • Marcu, Mara (02/28/2015). Zoomable World/Misbehaved Tectonics. NCBDS 2015, Houston, TX.

Poster Presentations

  • Marcu, Mara (2014). Sambo’ _[Reconfigured ACSA 2014 Globalizing Annual Conference, MIami, FL.
  • Marcu, Mara (2013). Sambo’ _[Reconfigured ACADIA 2013, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. [Link]

Lectures

  • (2011). Sambo’: A Collection of Curiosities. University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA.
  • (2011). The Architecture of Glenn Murcutt. University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Houston, TX.
  • (2011). Pecha-Kucha: “Parametricism. University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Houston, TX.
  • (2012). Sambo’ _[Reconfigured. University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA.
  • (02/13/2013). Sambo’. University of Cincinnati, DAAP.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2013 to Present, Assistant Professor , University of Cincinnati SAID, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2011 to 2013, Virginia Teaching Fellow, University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA.
  • 2010 to 2011, Lecturer, University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Houston, TX.
  • 2006 to 2006, Architect, Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York, NY.
  • 2005 to 2005, Intern Architect, BKSK, New York, NY.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 2005 to 2005, Ghost Lab 7 with Brian MacKay-Lyons, Ghost Laboratory, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 2010 to 2010, Glenn Murcutt International Master Class 2010, Glenn Murcutt International Master Class, Riversdale, Australia.

Events Organized

  • Conference. ACADIA 2015 (10/19/2015 to 10/25/2015) , Cincinnati, OH.

Board Certifications/Licenses

  • LLED, LEED AP 2009

Courses Taught

  • PseudoVertical!
    PseudoVertical!
    Level: Undergraduate
    [Link]
  • Zoomable World/Misbehaved Tectonics
    Zoomable World/Misbehaved Tectonics
    Level: Undergraduate
    [Link]
  • Building from Within/ Building from Without
    Building from Within/ Building from Without
    Level: Undergraduate
    [Link]