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01/2020 - 09/2020

08/2018 – 03/2020

09/2016 – 06/2017

09/2015 – 06/2017

02/2015 – 12/2017

05/2015 – 12/2017

04/2011 – 09/2013

07/2015 - 09/2015

06/2009 – 04/2011

2015 - 2016 - 2017







01/2015 – 11/2018

09/2013 - 09/2014

10/2004 - 02/2011

Marcela Aragüez is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Architecture at IE University in Madrid. She received her PhD in Architectural History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she also received a Master of Science in Spatial Design (ULC Turner Prize for best dissertation). Marcela’s research focus lies in the production of adaptable architecture, with an emphasis on cross-cultural post war practices. She has recently coordinated the joint research project ‘The Culture of Water’ in collaboration with the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. She is a licensed architect with professional experience in Spain and Switzerland. Her work has been exhibited at the Haute École D'art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Marcela has lectured widely in the UK, Switzerland, Japan, France and Spain and her work has been acknowledged by grants and awards from institutions such as the Japan Foundation, Sasakawa Foundation, Canon Foundation and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. She has published in international journals such as Roadsides and Architectural Research Quarterly, and is a General Editor of Architectural Histories. 

Academic & Professional Experience 


IE University – Assistant Professor - Madrid-Segovia 

Design Studio tutor and Director of the Master in Architecture.

IE University – Assistant Professor - Madrid-Segovia 

Design Studio tutor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in Architecture.


IE University – Adjunct Professor - Madrid-Segovia 

Design Studio tutor and Associate Director of the Bachelor in Architectural Studies.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HLSU) – Teaching & Research Fellow - Switzerland 

Coordinator of the joint research project "The Culture of Water" between HSLU and the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan.

The Bartlett School of Architecture – Postgraduate Teaching Assistant - London 

Assistant to the History & Theory Course of the March Part II Year 1, academic year 2016/2017. 

Conduction of workshops, preparation of teaching material, second marking and administrative duties.


Department of History of Art. UCL – Postgraduate Teaching Assistant - London

Teaching the Course ‘Learning from Change. The Continuous Adaptation of a Discontinuous City’, academic years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. Complete conception, preparation of material and teaching.  


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – Assistant – London

Conduction of talks on the library collections and building tours of the RIBA Headquarters to groups of students and members of art and architecture-related institutions. 2015-2017. 


LOBBY Magazine – Editor – London

Selection of contents, proof-reading, interviewer and events organisation. Curator of the International Competition, Exhibition and Conference Amphibious Habitats. 2015-2017.


Iwan Bühler Architekturbüro GmbH – Project architect – Lucerne

Design development, planning and management of design projects in building and urban scale. Meetings with construction parties and clients.  Competitions and private projects. Project Leader for the design and construction of the Wineries Son Prim in Majorca, winner of the 2018 Best Architects Architektur Award. 2011-2013. 


espegel-fisac arquitectos slp – Project architect – Madrid

Design and concept development for national and international competitions. Also working on construction details and urban designs. First Prize in the International Competition for the refurbishment of the Tiburtino III neighbourhood in Rome. 2009-2011. 


Selected Grants & Awards

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Studentship

Postgraduate studentship funded by The Nippon Foundation to support PhD research in the UK wholly or partially related to Japan. 2015, 2016 & 2017. 


The Bartlett Student Conference Fund

Scholarships for paper presentations at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Glasgow in June 2017 and at the European Architectural History Network Biannual Conference in Tallinn in June 2018.  


Canon Foundation Fellowship

Research Fellowship granted to 15 highly qualified researchers across Europe and Japan. The Fellowship fully funded a 6-months research stay at the Tokyo Institute of Technology from April to September, 2017.


Architecture Research Fund

Awarded by the Bartlett School of Architecture for archival research on Cedric Price at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2016. 


Japan Foundation Travel Grant

Scholarship granted for a field trip to Japan in December 2015-January 2016. 


UCL Turner Prize

Award for best dissertation of the MSc Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities for the work entitled ‘An Enclosed Landscape Spatiality: The Rolex Learning Centre of SANAA in Lausanne’. Academic year 2013-2014. 


TALENTIA Scholarship

Full Funding to study the MSc Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities at The Bartlett during the academic year 2013/2014. Given by academic and professional achievements. Regional Government of Andalusia (Spain).





PhD Architectural History & Theory. The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. London UK, 2018. 

*One year Academic Guest - ETH gta-Institut, Zurich.

*Six Months Research Fellow - Dept. Architecture & Building Engineering. Tokyo Institute of Technology.

MSc Spatial Design: Architecture&Cities. The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. London UK, 2014. 

*Distinction. UCL Turner Price for best Dissertation*


MArch andBSc Universidad de Granada, Spain, 2011. 

*Master Thesis Project developed at Universidad Politéctica de Madrid*



*Associate Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom*



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