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)

  • Macken, M. (2018). Binding space: The book as spatial practice. 10.4324/9781351266444
  • Macken, M. (2016). 0.009856M³: Between the book, the model and the built in the Vedute Collection of three-dimensional manuscripts. Architecture & Culture, 4 (1), 31-50. 10.1080/20507828.2015.1094226
  • Macken, M., & Harrisson, F. (2015). Squeeze: Landscape learning as an exploration between hand, body and books. In J. Ma, Y. Lou, D. Fassi (Eds.) Emerging Practices: Inquiry into the Developing (pp. 190-198). Shanghai, China: Tongji University Press. Related URL.
  • 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. (2015). Passage: The Temporality of an Artifact. Paper presented at 1st Biennial PARSE Research Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 4 November - 6 November 2015. Related URL.
  • Macken, M. (2015). The book as site: Alternative modes of representing and documenting architecture. In P. A. Rodgers, J. Yee (Eds.) The Routledge companion to design research (pp. 364-373). London, UK: Routledge.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33435
  • Macken, M. (2014). Binding Architecture: Drawing in the Book. Architecture and Culture, 2 (2), 225-244. 10.2752/205078214X14030010182146
  • Macken, M. (2014). Reading space: The book and architectural documentation. International Journal of the Book, 12 (1), 23-35. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 328
New Zealand