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Dino Marcantonio

M.Arch. Virginia,  B.A. Toronto

Dino Marcantonio, co-founder of Marcantonio Architects, is an architect (registered in NY, NCARB certified) and writer. He has also held a number of teaching positions in the United States.

Over his career, Dino has worked on a wide array of project types, including large scale institutional, educational, commercial, and preservation projects; such as the Lincoln Memorial; the Georgetown University Law Center; the Beckley, West Virginia, Courthouse and Federal Building; and a number of residential projects around the world. He has also worked in a wide variety of project locations, including the United States, Canada, Spain, Thailand, Austria, and the Caribbean. He has extensive experience in luxury residential projects which demand rigorous attention to detail and the highest quality construction detailing.

"... an outstanding classical design ... This design would create an inspiring work of civic art, providing a strong architectural accent ..."

— The Wall Street Journal

He has lived in New York City since 2004, where he practices together with with his wife, Paloma Pajares. Dino has also worked at a number of well known Manhattan-based architectural firms (Eric J. Smith Architect, along with David Easton; and Cooper, Robertson & Partners). He taught classical architecture at the Yale University School of Architecture (YSOA) for five years. 

Previously Dino practiced and taught in South Bend, Indiana. For five years he was Assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, where he introduced advanced computer instruction into the curriculum, and taught advanced studio, graduate thesis, and graduate and undergraduate design studio. It was there that he met Paloma, who was also teaching at the School of Architecture.

In 2002 they founded Marcantonio Architects, and have practiced architecture, planning, and design together since then. Their work includes residences in Europe, Canada, and the United States, as well as other project types, such as their urban design for Hudson Yards in Manhattan (featured on the cover of the journal The Classicist), and their proposal for the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C. (exhibited at the National Building Museum and highlighted in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard).

Dino had previously practiced architecture and planning at a number of well known architectural firms based in New York City (Ferguson & Shamamian Architects; and Robert A.M. Stern Architects), and Washington, DC (Hartman-Cox Architects).

He has lectured at universities and professional conferences around the country and abroad, from San Antonio, Texas, to Vienna, Austria, and has written many articles and book reviews on the subjects of architecture and urbanism. Publications include First Things, Sacred Architecture, The Classicist, Period Homes, American Arts Quarterly, Acroterion (annual of University of Notre Dame School of Architecture) and Retrospecta (annual of the YSOA).

A member of the American Institute of Architects, Dino is a registered architect in the State of New York, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia (USA), and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Philosophy) from the University of Toronto (Canada). His graduate work also took him to Venice (Italy), where he studied the Renaissance masters Palladio, Sansovino, and Longhena.

Paloma Pajares

Ph.D. in Architecture UPM, M.Arch. (Post-pro) Yale, M.Arch. UPM

A winner of the Rome Prize, Paloma Pajares (Paloma Pajares Ayuela) is an architect (registered in Spain) and author. She is co-founder of Marcantonio Architects. In addition to practice and writing, Dr. Pajares has held a number of teaching positions in the United States and Europe. Over her career, Paloma has worked on a wide array of project types (including mixed-use, data processing centers, cultural, hospitality, urban planning, adaptive re-use, and historical renovations) and project locations (including USA, Spain, Canada and China). She has extensive experience in luxury residential projects which demand rigorous attention to detail and the highest quality construction detailing.

She has lived in New York City since 2004, where she practices jointly with her husband, Dino Marcantonio. Paloma has also worked at a number of well known Manhattan-based architectural firms (Peter Pennoyer Architects, John B. Murray Architect, and Fairfax & Sammons Architects) and has taught at the Yale University School of Architecture (YSOA) for five years. Before this, she taught architecture for four years at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, where she met Dino. In 2002 they founded Marcantonio Architects. They have practiced architecture, planning, and design together since then. Previously she taught for many years at the ETSAM (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid), the superior school of architecture at the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM), Spain, and practiced architecture at her Madrid-based namesake firm. Before that she worked at well known firms based in Madrid (The Austin Company) and Chicago (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Booth-Hansen).

In 1992 she won the Rome Prize, in the Architecture category. It brought her to Rome, where she lived at the Real Academia de España en Roma (Royal Academy of Spain at Rome) as resident research fellow for a year, and later as visiting research fellow for more than two years, working on projects funded by the State Department of Spain. Other funded research stays include The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture (POWIA), London; Oxford University, UK; Accademia Britannica di Archeologia, Storia e Belle Arti, Roma; and The University of Tokyo, Japan.

Paloma has held a number of teaching positions, including YSOA (Lecturer), University of Notre Dame School of Architecture (Associate Professor, tenured), and ETSAM (Associate Professor). Visiting teaching positions include University of Notre Dame School of Architecture (both in USA and Rome); ETSAM — Master in Historic Preservation; POWIA, Urban Design Task Force — Berlin, and Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Belles Arts.

"One of the more recondite architecture books this year is also among the handsomest and most intellectually stimulating."

 — The New York Times

She holds degrees with highest honors from the ETSAM, where she received a Ph.D. in Architecture (Título de Doctor Arquitecto), and a Master of Architecture (Título de Arquitecto — Especialidad: Urbanismo), and from the YSOA, where she received a Post-professional M. Arch. Her Ph.D. dissertation from the ETSAM (Dept. of Mathematics applied to Construction, the Enviroment and Urbanism) was later published, with funding from the Graham Foundation (Chicago), as the book Cosmatesque Ornament (W.W. Norton, NY; Thames & Hudson, London). It was acclaimed by the New York Times in 2002 as one of the best architectural books of the year. Other publications include L'Architecture D'Aujourd'hui, Retrospecta YSOA, Architectural Journal, Building Design, Arquitectura Viva, Panorama, and Vogue.

Her architectural watercolors have been exhibited widely, including at the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid; the Art Institute, Chicago; Columbia University, New York; POWIA, London; and the Royal Academy of Spain at Rome.

Paloma is a registered architect member of the COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid).


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