Take It or Leave it. Or Change It.

More or less predictably, the jab-cross combination of Economic Recession and Skills Gap has landed a significant blow to the business-as-usual mentality of the UK Construction Industry. After three long years of ducking and diving along the line of zero… read more

Re(de)fine Market

Camden Town Rockabilly after work pint. Discussing with my former colleagues at Sheppard Robson how to secure higher fees and better recognition for our profession. Why do architects’ salaries double when working for a contractor? Why is the architect’s fee seen as… read more

You may say I am an Open Data dreamer

  Open data has been described by Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the www protocol) as the new frontier of the Internet. We find ourselves today in respect to open data in a similar situation to the one we faced… read more

An Internet of Things for the Built Environment

  This article was originally created for the RIBA + ARUP research project Digitising the Planning System. To know more click here.   At once fascinating and terrifying, the emergence of the Internet of Things seems an unstoppable drift that digital technology will… read more

Data to the People

Sometimes it is useful to believe that history is a progression towards common good. Although many may argue that the idea of that a scientific, modernist continuous progress is substantially flawed, a linear narrative of social achievement is not entirely irrelevant should one wish… read more

Live from Site: Conversion of Industrial Heritage and Mixed Use Regeneration

It took us four years, infinite passion and a visionary client but finally works are entering in their final stage for the conversion and change of use of two former military warehouses in the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy. The architectural… read more

ANTO4RIBA

To change the architectural profession to lead evidence driven sustainable growth.  My name is Antonio Pisano. Architect. Founder of UK based Marcel Mauer Architecture, partner and head of smart city at CAIRE Urbanistica in Italy and Co Chair of G4C Constructing Excellence, a… read more

An intro to Open Data

  During the first episode of our video interview series we asked Prof Tim Stonor, director at Space Syntax and Dr Stuart Chalmers, Data Scientist at BRE, about their opinion regarding the use of open data in the construction industry…. read more

Why do we do this? MM Lecture at Oxford Brookes University

Where is the epic quest in working in construction? Kindly invited by the Constructing Excellence Oxford Club, we gave a short lecture to  project management and architecture students on why entering a career in the construction sector. Special thanks to Prof…. read more

BRE Trust, G4C and Marcel Mauer on Open Data in Construction

The construction industry has got a tricky job to do. Whilst other industries can rely on the accuracy of computers, laboratories or factories to deliver their products, we produce outdoors. Our products have roots but, unlike agriculture, we cannot let… read more

Self Developing Communities

Everyone is talking about the housing crisis. Someone blames the planning system, others blame the property market. Almost everyone agrees that the housing market needs re thinking.  We seek value in the wrong place.  We cannot measure all aspects of value… read more

Marcel Mauer on Siah Armajani published on INVENTARIO Bookzine

In early April 2015, with the collaboration of Parasol Unit Art Gallery in London, Marcel Mauer publishes on Inventario Bookzine an extensive article on the life and work of Sirian born American artist. Extract below, to read more get your… read more

The Grand Budapest Museum

With the digital art community growing rapidly and the knowledge transfer offered by cloud based technology, the brief for a modern and contemporary art museum in Budapest initially left us somewhat sceptical. Far from being against building museums, our criticism was specifically based… read more

Rebranding Construction Campaign

Constructing Excellence G4C, RIBA and CIC 2050Group have joined forces to kick-start a cross industry campaign to improve the public perception of the construction sector.   A panel debate was hosted by the RIBA on the 17th June and chaired… read more

With Sir Donald Insall

  Marcel Mauer (MM): Heritage plays a crucial role in informing, limiting or catalysing urban regeneration. Through conservation and listed building regulations the Local Authority gains leverage to pursue the public agenda as much as private developers can rely on a… read more

Post Earthquake School Campus Masterplan

In May 2012, two major earthquakes occurred in Northern Italy, causing 26 deaths and widespread damage. Straight after the event, temporary prefabricated buildings were rapidly built to provide shelter and public services. The town of Camposanto, near Modena, was heavily affected by… read more

Omar Baldin

After gaining professional experience in Italy, Portugal and Germany working with internationally acclaimed architects such as CZA, Mauro Galantino Architects and LWW Arkitekten, Omar landed in the UK as free lance consultant in design and visualisation. His growing responsibility within our… read more

Former Military Area Regeneration – Ex Polveriera

Just outside the historical exagonal perimeter of the old city of Reggio Emilia, in Northern Italy, a former military area is being converted into a mix use civic centre. The area was originally chosen as the practice field for the cavalry… read more

Green Masterplan and Design of a Public Square

During 2013, we collaborated with CAIRE Urbanistica on the master plan for green areas and retail strategy for the historical centre of the city of Schio in Italy. Our first analysis focused on the historical traces of waterways and open… read more

The Gissing Hall Project

Bringing back to life historical buildings often involves understanding the risks and opportunities related to the conversion of architecture’s functions. Working with listed buildings both in the United Kingdom and Italy we appreciate how fine the border bewteen conservation and building design sometimes can be…. read more

Back to the Park

    In partnership with CAIRE Urbanistica, Marcel Mauer Architecture developed the New Urban Plan for the town of Nichelino in the outskirts of Turin, Italy. Our on going collaboration with a leading European urban planning firm has given us… read more

Sustainable School Design

This design entry for two public schools in the town of Merano, in Trentino Italy focused on social, urban and symbolic relevance of the school within its community. The asymmetry of the site has been used to our advantage to… read more

School in Switzerland

Design competition entry for a new school campus in Granges-Paccot, Switzerland.  

City Office Fit Out

Office fit-out is a frequent, material-intensive upgrading cycle. Interior finishes for commercial space are usually replaced every three to five years with significant waste of energy and resources. The absence of an integrated business model for material re-use and the… read more

Double bridge on the Italian Alps

In this competition entry for the new bridge and car park design for the town of Moena in Trentino our objective was to minimise the impact on wildlife and biodiversity. We achieved that by leaving the river banks untouched and,… read more

Lechelles, Switzerland. New Community Centre.

The municipality of Lechelles launched a design competition for the creation of a new community centre. Our competition entry, beyond the specific remit of building design, focused on the urban impact on the new public asset. The design of the… read more

Domestic Lifeboat 1

In South East London we designed the conversion of an existing garage into a small residential unit for a couple. More than a house squeezed into a flat, we tried to combine the efficiency of an emergency device, such as… read more

Paper Mill Conversion Masterplan

During 2009 we collaborated with CAIRE Urbanistica to design the conversion masterplan of a disused papermill factory in Ormea, Piemonte, Italy. The factory, dating back to the 1830s, is perceived as part of the landscape and our brief was to design a… read more

Out Team

Marcel Mauer Architecture is run by directors and founders Lorenzo Baldini and Antonio Pisanò with the overarching vision of Marcel Mauer. In 2012 Marcel Mauer Architecture established a strategic partnership with multidisciplinary Urban Planning consultancy CAIRE Urbanistica. The joint venture… read more

Weapons Decommissioning Plant – Education Facility Masterplan

In 2011 we were asked to produce a concept masterplan for the partial conversion of a military weapons decommissioning plant into a higher education masterplan for high level security logistics and health and safety. The base is located in a… read more