Marc Fornes


MARC FORNES is a registered and practicing architect specializing in computational design and digital fabrication, and inventor of ‘Structural Stripes,’ a building system by which thousands of custom-designed parts form complex, self-supporting curvilinear surfaces. Fornes leads MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, the NYC-based studio recognized for creating temporary and permanent ‘Crawling Assemblies’ — Structural Stripes creations, situated between art and architecture, that unify surface, structure and spatial experience into a single system.

Fornes’ ‘Crawling Assemblies’ have been built in the United States, Canada and Europe over the past ten years, each evolving his invention of Structural Stripes. Calling to mind different organic references depending on viewer, the undulating, often brightly-colored structures craft unique spaces that manipulate light and our typical understanding of depth. Work of the studio has also been acquired by and displayed as part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the FRAC Centre (Orleans, FR), the CNAP and private collections, and exhibited at the Guggenheim, GGG Art Basel Miami, Art Paris and sold at auction at Phillips De Pury.

Marc is a TED Fellow. He has been a speaker at many events and institutions including the ArchiLab symposium 2013 and MoMA MIND 08. In 2012 he was the recipient of an artist residency at the Atelier Calder (FR) and his studio was awarded the New Practices New York 2012 by the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League Prize 2013. His architectural work for Louis Vuitton is the recipient of the A+ Jury Award in the Pop Up category. He has taught design at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of Michigan and Die Angewandte.

Marc’s pior professional work experience prior includes SOM, Ross Lovegrove and ZAHA HADID Architects, where Marc was Project Architect for an experimental Mediateque in Pau, France. During his three years on this project he directed extensive material research and geometrical
development for what would have been the largest self-supported carbon fiber shell to date.

In 2004 he graduated with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London after previously studying mathematics and architecture in France and Sweden (KTH).