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 curvlinear surfaces. Fornes leads MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, the NYC-based studio recognized for creating temporary and permanent 'Crawling Assemblies' -- 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 prior professional work experience 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).
Selected AWARDS (2012-15):
- Edmonton Design Awards in the category of Urban Fragments (2015)
-Americans for the Art: Vaulted Willow (Edmonton) recognized within Public Art Network Year in Review (2015)
-CODA Awards: Vaulted Willow (Edmonton) distinguished within Public Spaces Merit (2015)
- Best Project Award ACADIA 2014 (2014)
- WAN 21 for 21 Award (2014)
- Design Vanguard by Architectural Record (2013)
- the Architectural League Prize (2013)
- the 40th Annual Interior Design Award by IIDA (2013)
- the A+ Award (2013)
- the AIA New Practice New York (2012)
- Atelier Calder Artist in residence, France (2012)
- TED Fellow (2012)
MARC FORNES | Featured:
- Marc Fornes show and sell at auction at Phillips de Pury: MOSS / Dialogues between Art and Design | October 2012
- large scale indoor Pop Up store for LOUIS VUITTON - YAYOI KUSAMA at Selfridges, London
- Double Agent White is acquired as part of permanent collection of the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France)
- large scale indoor pavilion at the Atelier Alexander CALDER (Sache, France) - April-July 2012
- Marc Fornes shows at ART PARIS 2012
- large scale indoor pavilion while ART BASEL MIAMI / GGG - December 2011
- large scale installation part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre(Orleans, France) - June 2011
- Global Design NYU | Elsewhere Envisionned (from May 25th + symposium May 26th)
- large scale installation part of the permanent collection of the Centre POMPIDOU (currently on display in Paris, 4th floor -permanent collection)
- Marc Fornes was invited by McNeel US to display work at the AIA Convention, Miami.
- THEVERYMANY™ was invited to participate to the "Contemplating the Void" an exhibition at the GUGGENHEIMMuseum, New York.
- Marc Fornes talked at MoMA /MIND 08 Symposium “Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium”.
MARC FORNES | PUBLIC ART:
2012 | RENNES, France | INRIA | Public art: Lobby suspended | awarded / in progress!
2012 | SALT LAKE | SLCC | Outdoor meeting pavilion | awarded!Competition entry for Public Art project – with Volkan Alkanoglu
2011 | EDMONTON, Canada | Public Art : Outdoor structure within public park | awarded in progress!
2011 | EUGENE, OR | Fenton Hall | awarded!Competition entry for Public Art project – with Volkan Alkanoglu
2011 | PORTLAND | PSU | Public Art: Lobby sculptural ceiling | awarded / in progress!
2011 | DENVER | Botanical Garden | Sculptural ceiling | awarded / completed!
2011 | CREVE COEUR / ST-LOUIS, MO | Public Art: Bus Stop | awarded!
2011 | REDONDO BEACH, CA | Entrance gate pavilion for bus terminal | awarded! Competition entry for Public Art project – with Volkan Alkanoglu
MARC FORNES | PROTOTYPICAL STRUTURES/INSTALLATIONS:
2012 | NYC | Phillips de Pury | MOSS / Dialogues between Art and Design | October 2012 “Coracae” | Partition screen
2012 | LONDON | LOUIS VUITTON / YAYOI KUSAMA | SELFRIDGES | Aug.to Oct. 2012 Executive Architect for a temporary Pop Up Store / large scale indoor pavilion Innovation: ultra-lightness / world's first Carbon Fiber self-supported shell applied to Architecture
2012 | SACHE, France | ATELIER ALEXANDER CALDER | July 2012 “DAW / Double Agent White” | Temporary large scale indoor pavilion
2012 | PARIS | ART PARIS | March 28th-Apr.1st 2012 “Grand Palais” | Sculpture, Aluminum
2011 | MIAMI | GGG / Art Basel Miami | Dec 2011 | Solo installation .../... | Large scale indoor pavilion commissioned by SushiSamba
2011 | NEW YORK | BOFFO | Sept-Oct 2011 | Temporary fashion store “Fibulae::” | Irene Neuwirth Jewelry Pop Up store in NYC
2011 | ST-LOUIS, MO | August 2011 | Permanent pavilion “Plasti(k) pavilion” | Permanent pavilion within public garden
2011 | ORLEANS | FRAC Centre | May 2011 | part of the permanent collection “y/Surf/Struc” | Large scale physical installation
2011 | NEW YORK | AUDI Urban Future | May 2011 | group show “Beyond Likely” | 45 Rapid Prototypes – all similar, all unique
2011 | PARIS | CENTRE POMPIDOU | April 2011-now | part of the permanent collection “y/Surf/Struc” | Large scale physical installation
2010 | CHICAGO | Extension Gallery | April 2010 | Solo installation “PolyProps” | Large scale physical installation
2010 | PARIS | Galerie Synesthesie | April 2010 | Solo installation ”n|Strip” | Physical installation
2009 | NEW YORK | Material Connexion | Nov.30th-Dec.22nd | Group exhibition “Part(s) in Display” | Large scale physical installation (4749 parts all unique)
2009 | LYON, France | Galerie Roger Tator | Sept.14th – Nov.13th | Solo installation “n|Edg” | Large scale physical installation (2796 parts all unique)
2009 | NEW YORK | Elga Wimmer Gallery | Aug.2009 | Group exhibition “Modoid” | Physical installation
2009 | VALPARAISO, Chile | Aug.2009-current… | Solo installation “Anoblums” | Physical installation
2009 | NEW YORK | Bridge Gallery | Jun.-Aug. 2009 | Group exhibition “Echinoids” | Physical installation
2009 | CALGARY | Jan.-Jun.2009 | Solo installation “Aperiodic Symmetries” | Large scale physical installation
2008 | FRANKFURT | NODE08 Forum For Digital Arts, Velvet Club | Apr.05-12 2008 | Group exhibition “Aperiodic Vertebrae v2.0” | Physical installation
2008 | BERLIN | DAM Gallery | Generator.x 2.0: Beyond the screen | Feb.02nd -Mar.1st 2008 | Group exhibition “Aperiodic Vertebrae v1.0” | Physical installation | Curator: Marius Watz
2007 | PHILADELPHIA | FUEL Gallery | Sept.2007 “Tensile” | Large scale physical installation www.Scriptedbypurpose.net
MARC FORNES | Selected talks :
2011.07.21 | NEW YORK | ONE Lab Invitation: Maria Aiolova
2011.05.26 | NEW YORK | NYU | Global Design Symposium | “Elsewhere Envisioned”. Invitation: Mitchel Joachim
2011.03.24| PARIS | Musée des Arts Décoratifs | F(AA)SHION event. Invitation : Jorge Ayala
2011.02.21 | SAN FRANCISCO | CCA (California College of the Arts) Invitation: Jason Johnson, Andrew Kudless
2011.02.09 | PRINCETON | Princeton School of Architecture Invitation: Axel Kilian, Stan Allen
2010.11.12 | LOS ANGELES | Woodbury School of Architecture Invitation: Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Barbara Bestor and Jennifer Bonner
2010.11.10 | LOS ANGELES | SCI-ARC
2010.10.24/25 | ANN ARBOR | Michigan Taubman College | ”Future of Technology” Invitation: Monica Ponce de Leon
2010.04.01 | CHICAGO | Extension Gallery Invitation: Paula Palombo
2010.03.24 | PARIS | Ecole d’Architecture de Paris Malaquais Invitation: Philippe Morel
2010.02.17 | MIAMI| MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Invitation: Lourdes Sanchez
2009.12.12 | LOS ANGELES | USC (University of Southern California) | “Intensive Fields” conference Invitation: Neil Leach
2009.11.19 | TROY | RPI, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Invitation: Evan Douglis
2009.10.05 | BERLIN | key speaker at the “Design Modeling Symposium“
2009.09.25 | TORONTO | UT, University of Toronto
2009.08.14 | VALPARAISO, Chile | UTFSM, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
2009.08.10 | VALPARAISO, Chile | UDLA, Universidad de Las Américas
2009.07.31 | NEW YORK | Storefront
2009.05.06 | MILAN, Italy | Id&Ct | “Innovative Design and Construction Technologies”
2009.02.18 | ANN ARBOR | Michigan Taubman College
2009.01.09 | CALGARY | UC (University of Calgary) Invitation: Jason Johnson
2008.10.24 | BEIJING | Architecture Biennale Invitation: Neil Leach
2008.09.20 | TORINO | C-STEM2008
2008.09.18 | BARCELONA | McNeel Europe developpers meeting
2008.06.19 | PARIS | McNeel user meeting
2008.05.29 | PHILADELPHIA | La Salle University / Computer Science department National Science Foundation Workshop / CPATH Grant | “Algorithms, Scripting and Programming for Visual Arts” Invitation: Conrad Gleber (www.conradgleber.com)
2008.05.09-12 | LOPUD ISLAND, Croatia | “let’s go MENTAL” Thyssen – Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA 21) Invitation: Francesca Von Habsburg www.tba21.org/
2008.04.11 | BARCELONA | SIMAE | “Contemporary Techniques, New Strategies” www.simae.net/en/simposi.php
2008.04.04 | NEW YORK | MoMA | MIND 08 Symposium | “Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium” Invitation by MoMA & SEED Magazine – New York, NY, US http://www.mind08.com/contentSpeakers.html
2007.04.25 | MUNCIE, Indiana | Ball State University Invitation: Jason Johnson / BSU
2007.04.09 | NEW YORK | Columbia GSAPP Lecture on “transfer of technology” & fabrication of composite structure Invitation: Ken Tracy / Associated Fabrication
MARC FORNES | Publications (to be updated)
2011 | INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE | .../...
2011 | METROPOLIS MAGAZINE | .../...
2011 | PIN-UP | .../...
2011 | PIN-UP | Issue #10 | 10 New York Architects by Felix Burrichter
2010 | MARK | Issue #28 | Oct/Nov 2010 | Featured by Terri Peters (6 pages)
2010 | Visual Catalogue: Greg’s Lynn studio | Edited by Kristy Balliet and Brennan Buck | Springer Wien New York.
2010 | FORM+CODE in Design, Art, Architecture. Casey Reas, Chandler Mc Williams and LUST | Princeton Architectural Press
2008 | DRAWING, the motive of architecture Author: Peter Cook – Publisher: Wiley-Academy – Collection: AD Primers [Pages: 157-160]
MARC FORNES | Selected competition jury:
- eVolo 2012: Skyscraper Competition (link)
- TexFaB 2011 (link)
Selected website :
2007 | www.scriptedbypurpose.net
Fall 2007 | GSAPP / Columbia University | www.ncertainties.wordpress.comFall 2008 | GSAPP / Columbia University | www.ncertainties2.wordpress.comFall 2008 | Die Angewandte | www.ncertainties3.wordpress.comFall 2009 | University of Southern California | www.ncertainties4.wordpress.comFall 2009 | GSAPP / Columbia University | www.ncertainties5.wordpress.com
MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY™ is kindly supported by:
- McNeel & Associates: Rhino3D, Rhinoscript, RhinoPython / Rhinocommon (link)
- TDM Solutions: RhinoNest (link)