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Faculty Bio

Skinner, Martha

Skinner, Martha

Assistant Professor

Office: Lee 2-311

Masters in Architecture and Urban Studies, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Metropolis Program; B.D. in Architecture, University of Florida; B.Arch., The Cooper Union

Curriculum Vitae

Martha Skinner is assistant professor at Clemson University and co-founder of fieldoffice. Skinner's research looks at our built environment as a delicate ecology and exploits representation methods that visualize the cycles of life in order to understand and more acutely address temporal, social and environmental issues. Skinner has completed a series of living maps of cities, which include New York, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Barcelona.

As the 1999 Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, Skinner developed Notation A/V, a seminar about the merging of drawing and moving image. Currently she is exploring the intimate relationship between the human body and the city body by combining the mathematical and sensual information captured with GPS (global positioning systems) and A/V (audio/video) devices with CiTy SCAN. Her work in fieldoffice with partner Douglas Hecker, which range in scale from the design of handheld toys to the design of urban scale interventions, filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time with solutions that address the relationships between humans and the ecologies in which they are situated.

Prior to teaching and forming fieldoffice, Skinner worked in New York City at various offices including Architecture Research Office, Hariri and Hariri Design, Resolution: 4 Architecture, and Toshiko Mori Architect. Skinner received Bachelor degrees in architecture from the University of Florida, and from the Cooper Union where she received the Abraham E. Kazan Fund Prize for Urban Design Studies in 1995. She completed a Master in architecture and urban culture from The Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya's Metropolis program.

Her work, the work of her students, and her work with fieldoffice has been exhibited internationally and recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, ID magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Business Week, Architectural Record, Transmaterial, and WorldChanging. Honors for Skinner's work include five awards from I.D. Magazine, a Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine and inclusion in the 10th Venice Biennale.