Martínez is the founder and director of Muchi East, an architecture and design
studio focused on public space. The studio integrates different scales
of operation and pursues collaborative structures capable of addressing the
complexity of current urban problems. An architect and industrial designer from
Spain, Mr. Martínez has developed a number of significant international projects
in his more than 20 years of professional practice in Europe and the United
States. Recent projects include sites in the Middle East, Central America,
Europe and the United States. Mr. Martínez has a specialty in bamboo and
natural sustainable materials (he wrote the book Material Legacies: Bamboo in 2000). He has combined this expertise
with community engagement in design-build studios - hands-on courses taught on
location where students build actual structures in collaboration with local
communities. The most recent one was a community center built in bamboo in the
coastal community of Cocles, Costa Rica.
Martínez is also an educator with an international background. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design in several departments since 1998, and has
been a guest critic, lecturer and workshop leader in architecture and design
schools all over the world. He spent the 2009-10 academic year teaching at the
American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), and has also taught a
number of courses and workshops in Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2011, as the
culmination of many years of involvement and activism in the local community, he
was appointed to the Providence Zoning Board of Reviews by the Mayor of
Providence, Angel Taveras.
has a Master's degree in Architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de
Arquitectura de Madrid and a Master's degree in Industrial Design from Rhode
Island School of Design.
Enrique Martínez is on sabbatical for the 2013–14 academic year.
- MARCH, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
- MID, Rhode Island School of Design