March 30th 2015
Marc de Rooij, faculty associate in ESDi, successfully presented his doctoral dissertation.

The architect and associate professor of the School of Design ESDI Marc de Rooij successfully presented his dissertation research on new architectural models to the impact of demographic change.

De Rooij presented his project in the ETSAB of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where he outlined the need for functional improvement of housing for a housing stock suitable for an aging society, and anticipating changing socio-economic structures. Under this premise, the architect proposes a number of changes: mobility and execution of tasks, anticipating opportunities for social interaction or home working and a purpose to build more sustainable building activities.

Marc de Rooij teaches Introduction to Projects and Materials and Technology  at Product and Interior Department of ESDi since 2007. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands), where he earned his Master of Science in Architecture with Honorable Mention in 1997. The same year moved to Barcelona to work with renowned Catalan architect Enric Miralles (1955-2000).
In 2000 he associates with the architects Josep Pons and Isabel Torres to form the architectural BE + R. The fields of study and work are sustainability, industrialization and the impact of demographic change in architecture.
It was awarded in the Home Design Competition in Cantu (Italy) in 2000 and 2001 was a finalist in the International Design Competition in Osaka (Japan), in both cases with interdisciplinary proposals, incorporating the industrial design in architecture. With the BE + R study was selected for the Fourth Biennial of Architecture of the Central Regions of Catalonia (2006).