Marcelo López-Dinardi is an immigrant, in-part designer-theorist, writer, and educator based in Texas, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He was a founding Partner of A(n) Office (2013-2020). He’s interested in the multiple scales of design; biopolitics and agency in design and education; in the practice of architecture as research; art and architecture; and architecture as expanded media (publications, exhibitions and curatorial practices). His work as partner of A(n) Office was selected and exhibited in the International Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016 and has written for The Avery Review, The Architect’s Newspaper, Domus, Planning Perspectives, Art Forum (China), and lectured at The Cooper Union, Princeton University, RISD, Columbia GSAPP, among others. Before joining Texas A&M he taught at Barnard+Columbia, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Penn Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and RISD. He was selected as a Fellow for Ideas City Athens (2016) and Ideas City Arles (2017), and event organized by New York City’s New Museum.
In 2004 founded the contemporary city research platform CIUDADLAB, was a full-time Auxiliary Professor of design studio, research and representation at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, where he directed the 2009-2010 Lectures Series Sense Recession: What Comes Next?, and also founded and directed the Roundtable Discussion Series for four years. From 2008-2011 edited the architecture journal Polimorfo, which he also co-founded. He co-edited the book Promiscuous Encounters for GSAPP Books (now Columbia Books on Architecture and the City). His architectural design work has been awarded several times by the AIA and the Puerto Rico Architect’s Association. He obtained a Bachelor in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (cum laude) and after relocating to New York, he developed the thesis Destructive Knowledge: Tools for Learning to Un-Dō with a renewed discussion around the work of architect-trained artist Gordon Matta-Clark, obtaining a MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices for architecture from the GSAPP at Columbia University.
Recent collaborators include: Tyrene Calvesbert, Mitch McEwen, Isabelle-Kirkham Lewitt, Harrison Ratcliff-Bush, Marina Otero Verzier, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik, Francisco Díaz, Oscar Oliver-Didier, Pier Paolo Pala, Chau Tran, Yuliya Veligurskaya.