Markus Dochantschi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. He founded studioMDA in New York 2002, which has teamed with artists, video artists and choreographers, among others to define space generated by various artistic endeavors. Within this context, architectural syntax can become layered into micro and macro scales, balancing the smallest detail with the topographical/ urban fabric.
Markus Dochantschi was trained as an architect in Darmstadt, Germany, where he graduated with a master of architecture in 1995. During his studies he was granted two Scholarships in Japan, enabling him to work with Arata Isozaki in Tokyo in 1993 and in 1994 for his Diploma Thesis, again in Tokyo, with Tom Heneghan serving as a Tutor. Markus was subsequently invited back to Tokyo by Fumihiko Maki in 1995.
From 1995 to 2002, he was employed by Zaha Hadid in London as a director, project director, project architect and designer for such projects as; Landesgartenschau Germany, Ski Jump Austria, Contemporary Arts Center Ohio and the Vista Master plan Singapore, among many others.
Markus Dochantschi served on The Green Codes Committee, created to make recommendations for New York City Building Code revisions for greening our environment.