Faculty: Enrique Martinez


Enrique 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.

Mr. 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.

He 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.

Enrique Martinez

Enrique Martinez

Senior Critic

  • MARCH, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • MID, Rhode Island School of Design