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Marcos Zotes (Madrid, 1977), currently living and working in Reykjavik, Iceland. Marcos is the Director of UNSTABLE, a design and research laboratory that explores the social and political aspects of architecture in relation to the urban context. Through the use of technology, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and citizen participation his interventions challenge the limitations of urban public space and provide opportunities for debate, autonomy, and interaction with the urban environment. Marcos received a Professional Diploma in Architecture from London Metropolitan University, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. In addition, Marcos teaches design studios at Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik. More info at:

Main awards:

2012 "Menningarnótt" Reykjavik Culture Night Grant. Reykjavik. / 1st Prize/ProcessRoom, MadridArtProcess 2012, Madrid. / 1st Prize/Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012, Iceland. / Kinne Traveling Fellowship. GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. / Gatsby Charitable Foundation Fund. CU Arts Initiative, New York.
2011 Honor Award for Excellence in Design. GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. / Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. / Iceland Concrete Award (with Basalt Arkitektar), Iceland. / DV Culture Award (with Basalt Arkitektar), Iceland.
2009 La Caixa Fellowship for Post-graduate Study in USA, Spain. / 1st Prize/Master in Interior Design Scholarship. Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid. / Shortlisted/International Award for Architecture Diploma. ACXT / IDOM, Spain.
2008 Finalist/SPACE Prize for International Students of Architecture. Jury: Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA).



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