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Adam Marcus

Associate Professor, Architecture

Adam Marcus is a Research Associate of the Digital Craft Lab at CCA, and is an Associate Professor. Adam directs Variable Projects, an award-winning design and research studio that operates at the intersection of architecture, computation, and fabrication. He is also a partner in Futures North, a public art collaborative dedicated to exploring the aesthetics of data. His work explores ways in which new technologies can interface with longstanding architectural traditions of craft, materiality, ornament, and pattern. Prior to founding his own practice, he worked at Marble Fairbanks in New York City as project architect for a number of notable educational and public projects. He was recently selected by Design Intelligence as one of the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2013.

Recent projects include Centennial Chromagraph, a computationally-designed architectural installation which received a 2015 Small Project Award from the national chapter of AIA, and Meander, a permanent public artwork commissioned for CHS Field, a new baseball park in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

At CCA he teaches design studios and courses in computational design and digital fabrication, directs the Architectural Ecologies Lab, and collaborates often with the Digital Craft Lab. From 2011 to 2013, he was the Cass Gilbert Design Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, where he chaired the symposium "Digital Provocations: Emerging Computational Approaches to Pedagogy & Practice" and organized the school's annual Architecture As Catalyst graduate workshop program. He has also taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, and the Architectural Association's Visiting School Los Angeles. In 2013, he was selected by Design Intelligence as one of the '30 Most Admired Educators,' and in 2016 he was recognized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture with a New Faculty Teaching Award. Adam currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).

Adam is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied art and architectural history, and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is LEED accredited, NCARB certified, and is a licensed and registered architect in the states of California and New York.