Dr Maria Martinez Sanchez

Associate Professor Of Architecture

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and the Course Leader of the BArch (Hons) Architecture. I have a PhD in Architecture and a professional background in theatre and performance design.

I graduated in Architecture at the School of Architecture of Madrid (2010) where I also did my PhD (2016). My MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2015) enabled me to specialize in space design within devising theatre processes. My work has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2012) in the Prague Quadrennial of Scenography (2015, 2019), the Dance Biennale of Venice (2016), or the Biennale of Architecture of Venice (2018).


Since 2016 I have been developing interdisciplinary experimental teaching in Architecture undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, focusing on collaborative live projects.

Professional memberships and activities

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

ARB (Architects Registration Board)

SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research)

Academic qualifications

• PhD. in Architecture (School of Architecture of Madrid – Universidad Politecnica de Madrid)

• MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. London)

• PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Birmingham City University)

• Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects (School of Architecture of Madrid – Universidad Politecnica de Madrid)

• Architecture Degree (School of Architecture of Madrid – Universidad Politecnica de Madrid)


Architecture and Urban design

Interior Architecture

Performance and Space Design

Architecture pedagogy

Research interests

Interdisciplinary practices,

Community-led design,

Performative architecture,

Architecture pedagogies

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have extensive experience running live projects with local communities and national and international partners.


Course Leader BArch (Hons) Architecture.

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervision


Martinez Sanchez, M.J. (2020) Dynamic Cartography: Body, Architecture and Performative Space. Abingdon: Routledge.


Martinez Sanchez, M.J., (2019) Collaborative practices in the work of Helio Oiticica. In Performing Arts Practices in Brazil, Ramos, L.F., Dundjerovic, A., Madrid: Abada.


Co-editor of the Special Issue of Architecture and Culture: Architecture Festival and the city. MJ. Martínez, Jieling Xiao, Christian Frost. (2018) Taylor and Francis.


Martinez Sanchez, M.J., Dundjerovic, A., (2018) Festival and the City: Performativity of sexual acts in Public Spheres. In Architecture, Festival and the City, Issue of Architecture and Culture Journal, Taylor and Francis.


Martinez Sanchez, M.J., (2018) Revelados. Laboratorios de Espacio y movimiento. In: Bravo, C., Martinez de Olcoz, N. (2016) Teatro Experimental Iberoamericano. Coleccion Varia Escenica ITEM-UCM. Madrid, Spain. Editorial Verbum.


Ruiz, J., Martinez Sanchez, M.J. (2017) Unseen the other in post-urban utopia. Innovación e Investigación en Arquitectura y Territorio. Dpto. de Expresión Gráfica, Composición y Proyectos. Arquitectura. Universidad de Alicante. Vol.6 Núm.1 Junio 2018 ISSN: 2341-0515.-2017


Ruiz, J., Martinez Sanchez, M.J. (2017) Sensitive Bodies in the cityscape. Handbook of Research on Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design. IGI Global.


Martinez Sanchez, M.J. (2015) Relative Space {e = m x t} Reflections on Body’s Movement. Hipo-tesis 3. Prácticas Cronotópicas. ISSN 2340U5147



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