Dr Marian Macken

PhD, MArch (Research), BLArch, BSc (Architecture)


Dr Marian Macken teaches in design and architectural media in the School of Architecture and Planning. She trained in architecture, landscape architecture and visual art, receiving a PhD, by thesis and creative work, from the University of Sydney. Before joining the University of Auckland in 2016, Marian lived and worked in Suzhou, China. Marian’s research examines histories and theories of spatial representation; temporal aspects of architecture; and the role of artists’ books as documentation of architecture, with particular interest in the implications and possibilities for architectural drawing and exhibition as design outcome. Her work has been acquired by various international public collections of artists’ books, including collections at Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, and Urawa Art Museum, Japan.

Research | Current

  • Histories and theories of spatial representation

  • Temporality and spatial practice

  • Architecture and the book

  • Inter-disciplinarity and the design process

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Macken, M. (2019). Reading resonance: Post factum documentation as creative criticism. In C. Brisbin, M. Theissen (Eds.) The Routledge companion to criticality in art, architecture, and design (pp. 278-294). London: Routledge.
  • Macken, M. (2018). Bringing the book into architecture. In A. Murray, X. Ruan (Eds.) Hand & mind: Conversations on architecture and the built world (pp. 102-105). Sydney, Australia: UNSW Press.
  • MacKen, M. (2018). Documenting interiority/inhabiting duration. The Interior Architecture Theory Reader (pp. 310-317). 10.4324/9781315693002
  • Macken, M. (2018). Binding space: The book as spatial practice. 10.4324/9781351266444
  • Macken, M. (2015). The space of the book. In C. Perren, M. Mlecek (Eds.) Perception in architecture: Here and now (pp. 70-77). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34956
  • Macken, M. (2014). The book as site: Alternative modes of representing and documenting architecture. In P. Rodgers, J. Yee (Eds.) The Routledge companion to design research (pp. 364-373). London, UK: Routledge.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33435

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 328
New Zealand