About Me.

Adam Marcus is an architect and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He directs Variable Projects, an award-winning design and research studio that operates at the intersection of architecture, computation, and fabrication, and he is also a partner in Futures North, a public art collaborative dedicated to exploring the aesthetics of data. Adam is an Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts, where he coordinates the Integrated Building Design curriculum, teaches design studios in computational design and digital fabrication, and collaborates with CCA’s 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 the undergraduate Department of Architecture at Barnard & Columbia Colleges and the Architectural Association’s Visiting School Los Angeles. He was recently selected by Design Intelligence as one of the ’30 Most Admired Educators’ and received the 2015-2016 New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students. Adam also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).

From 2005 to 2011, Adam worked at Marble Fairbanks in New York City, where he served as project architect for a number of award-winning educational and public projects, including the Toni Stabile Student Center at Columbia University, and Glen Oaks Branch Library in Queens, NY.

Adam is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he was the recipient of the Matthew Del Gaudio New York Society of Architects Award, the William Kinne Memorial Graduate Traveling Fellowship, and Columbia University’s nomination for the Skidmore Owings and Merrill Traveling Fellowship. Adam’s work, both independent and with Marble Fairbanks, has been published and exhibited widely. His office Variable Projects recently received a 2013 Honor Award from AIA Minnesota for Centennial Chromagraph, a large scale installation constructed in Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota. Projects with Marble Fairbanks have won numerous awards, including the AIA New York Design Honor Award, the NYC Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design, Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review Award, and the Society for American Registered Architects Design Award. Adam has been invited as a guest critic at a number of schools, including Barnard College, California College of the Arts, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, NJIT, NYIT, Parsons, Pratt Institute, RISD, RPI, the University at Buffalo, Washington University, and the University of Minnesota. He is LEED accredited, NCARB certified, and is a licensed and registered architect in the states of California and New York.

Adam was born in New Mexico, grew up in Virginia, and lives in Oakland.

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