Sandro Marpillero

Sandro Marpillero is a co-founding principal of Marpillero Pollak Architects (MPA) and longstanding Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He has also taught design studios and seminars in the University of Venice (IUAV) and at Harvard GSD, Yale, Princeton, the University of Virginia and the New School Parsons, among others. Marpillero is a Registered Architect in the United States and Italy, with offices in New York and Venice, and was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. An internationally recognized practice, MPA has received several honors and awards including eight AIA Design Awards, three ASLA Awards, and Design Excellence Awards from American Architecture Prize, Active Design Center EDRA/Places, Wood Institute, as well as Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Design Trust.

MPA’s multi-disciplinary approach forges relationships between individuals, institutions and larger urban and environmental scales, realizing public projects that have set new benchmarks as NYC High Performance Pilots for infrastructure, landscape, Active Design Guidelines, including DDC Guiding Principles. Elmhurst Community Library’s conceptual rigor and public value received five awards during 2017 for civic and institutional, educational, art collaboration, active design, and people’s choice.

Marpillero’s writings have been published in architectural journals, including, Lotus International, Daidalos, A+U, and Casabella, where Marpillero has also served on their Editorial Boards. He has written a monograph on the work of James Carpenter, entitled Environmental Refractions (2006), and contributed to other artists’ books. He has lectured extensively in the US, Europe, and Japan about MPA’s work, which has been exhibited, among other venues, at the MAXXI/Rome, Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Venice Biennale, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Bronx Museum, the Urban Center, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Triennale of Milan.

Marpillero received a Master of Architecture from the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and a Master of Science in Building Design from Columbia University while on a Fulbright Commission’s Fellowship.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6850‑1 Fall 2016
Ud altman carmelo ignaccolo deniz onder dissa pidanti raras andrea benavides ward fa16 01 chattanooga river valley
Ud altman carmelo ignaccolo maria isabel carrasco vintimilla mario andres ulloa leon  shuman wu fa16 01 hudson valley region plan
Ud altman carmelo ignaccolo maria isabel carrasco vintimilla mario andres ulloa leon  shuman wu fa16 02 section
Michael Murphy, Lee Altman, Chris Kroner, James Carse, Sandro Marpillero, Justin Moore STUDIO, UD
M & TH 1:30 - 6:30 F 1:30- 3:30
9 Points
A6850‑1 Fall 2015
Urban Design Studio II: City-Regions
Udstudio altman moore hannahmariebeall mahimapandya aminataseck feixiong fa15 04
Udstudio altman moore hannahmariebeall mahimapandya aminataseck feixiong fa15 03
Udstudio altman moore hannahmariebeall mahimapandya aminataseck feixiong fa15 02
Justin Moore, Lee Altman, Sandro Marpillero, Chris Kroner, David Smiley
M, W, & F 2 PM - 6 PM
9 Points
A6827‑1 Spring 2015
ROMA 20-25
Sandro Marpillero
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
SES B= 10/26-12/4
1.5 Points
Beyond Peripheries and Borgate in the Forre of the Roman Campagna

A first version of this video was produced in December 2015 by the Columbia GSAPP Team for an installation at the Museum for the Arts of the 21st Century (MAXXI-Rome) in the international exhibition Roma 20-25.

In relation to the Spring 2018 Workshop “Navigating Hudson Valley” (see above), this video displays a full array of techniques of representation, including animated diagrams, 3-D modeling, and film montage that each student could explore in orienting her/his own production of the 1-min video required as final deliverable.