Dr. Marisela Mendoza is the Architecture Course Leader (MArch Architecture, RIBA Part 2) at the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University.
Marisela qualified as an architect in Mexico and was awarded a scholarship to study a master’s degree and a PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK. Marisela has a long-standing experience in research, education and practice in Mexico and the UK and her research has always been cross-disciplinary with an emphasis to foster creativity and critical thinking in architectural education. She is co-founder of the Association of Architectural Educators (aae) and she was co-chair of the first aae Conference at NTU.
Marisela has a strong research and teaching focus on historic concrete shells and deployable structures, she is a research member of the international research group: Candela, Isler & Mutter (CIMIS) as well as the Structural Morphology in Architecture Research Group SMiA
Marisela was awarded the prestigious RIBA Research Trust Award to study the 20th century historic concrete shells by the architect Felix Candela in Mexico and the UK. Following up this research she was invited to collaborate with the research group CIMIS in the publication of the book: Candela-Isler-Mutter – Positions on Shell Construction (2020).
Marisela is an active member of the research team in the Centre of Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage at NTU.
Due to her longstanding collaboration with the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Marisela was appointed as the Chair of the IASS Working Group 17: Historic Spatial Structures and she is also member of the IASS Working Group 5 -Concrete Shells.
Marisela has secured substantial funding as principal investigator and co-investigator from prestigious funding bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects and EU Cost Action. Due to her expertise in design and sustainability Marisela lead the design student team for the Remourban City Demonstrator Project -Housing Retrofitting, Nottingham.
Due to her research expertise Marisela has been invited speaker at prestigious institutions such as Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, Francia; The Royal Institue of British Architects, Londres, Reino Unido; Liverpool University, Reino Unido; Princeton University, Princeton, USA; ETH, Zúrich, Suiza y la Facultad de Arquitectura and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.
Research Awards and Projects
2020-Co-Investigator. Project Name: Enervalor 2, The value of energy certificates in the housing market- Awarded by Cost Action Spain (PI: Polytechnic University of Catalunya).
2015- Collaborator. EU Horizon 2020 Research Project: REMOURBAN – Coordinator of Architectural Student Design Proposal: Social Housing Retrofitting.2010- PI RIBA Research Trust Award.
Internal (NTU) Grants
2019-2000 Co-Investigator. Project Name: Design for Healthier Urban Living (DHUL). NTU Strategic Research Funding - Co-Investigator.
2018-19 Co-Investigator. Project Name: NTU Architecture Meets Textiles – ArcInTex Workshops and Conference. ADBE and A&D Research Funding.
2017-18 PI. Project: Historic 20th Century concrete Shells in the UK- Queensgate Market. SCHOLARSHIPS PROJECTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS. Trent Institute for Teaching and Learning & ADBE Research Funding.
2016-17- PI. Project Name: Felix Candela’s Jamaica Market Concrete Shells. SCHOLARSHIPS PROJECTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS. Trent Institute for Teaching and Learning & ADBE Research Funding.
2015 PI. Research Grant from ADBE, Nottingham Trent University.
Study leave – Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University.
2010-11- PI. Project Name: Heinz Isler Historic Concrete Shells.SCHOLARSHIPS PROJECTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS. Trent Institute for Teaching and Learning & ADBE Research Funding.
2010-11 PI. Research Grant from the School of ADBE, Nottingham Trent University.
Historic Concrete Shells by Felix Candela in Mexico and the UK.
2009-2010 PI. Research Grant from the School of ADBE, Nottingham Trent University.
Quality and Quantity of light for Health and Wellbeing.
- 2008 - Invited Speaker , International Diploma of Lighting Design in Architecture 2008, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
- 2008 - Invited Speaker at the 10th International Lighting Journey, IESNA, Mexico, 2008
- 2007 - Speaker at International Association of Shell and Space Structures, Venice, Italy
- 2007 - Invited Speaker, Professional Lighting Design Convention
Sponsors and collaborators
University of Lincoln
1.- Historic Concrete Shells
Candela-Isler-Müther International Seminar (CIMIS) 2018-2020: Collaboration and participation in the international research activities and seminars on historic reinforced concrete shell structures built by Félix Candela, Heinz Isler and Ulrich Müther. This research has been in collaboration with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Facultad de Arquitectura; Hochschule Wismar, Fakultät Gestaltung; and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Departement Architektur, Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (gta)
CIMIS-1: November 2018 - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México City
CIMIS-2: May 2019 - Academie der Künste, Berlin
CIMIS-3: June 2022 - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich
MENDOZA, M, Felix Candela’s Legacy in the United Kingdom.
CANDELA ISLER MÜTHER
Positions on Shell Construction. Positionen zum Schalenbau. Posiciones sobre estructuras laminares
Edited by Matthias Beckh, Juan Ignacio del Cueto, Matthias Ludwig, Andreas Schätzke and Rainer Schützeichel – Published November 2020
MENDOZA, M & CUETO RUIZ-FUNES, J. I., 2021. The High Life Factory: a 20th Century Historic Concrete Shell at risk of loss. In: Inspiring the Next Generation: Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2020/21 and the 7th International Conference on Spatial Structures. 8
MENDOZA, M & CUETO RUIZ-FUNES, J. I., 2020. Preservation and conservation of Felix Candela’s historic concrete shell: Los Manantiales Restaurant. In: J.W.P. CAMPBELL, N. BAKER, K. DRAPER, M. HEATON, Y. PAN, N. RUAMSANITWONG and D. YEOMANS, eds., Iron, Steel and Buildings: the Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Construction History Society Conference, Cambridge, 3-5 April 2020. Cambridge: Construction History Society. ISBN 978-0-9928751-6-9
MENDOZA, M., ESPONDA, M. ESPINOSA, L & MENDEZ. V., 2020. The Cosmic Rays Pavilion: the first hypar concrete shell in Latin-America, constructed at Ciudad Universitaria campus, Mexico City (UNESCO World Heritage Site). In: J.W.P. CAMPBELL, N. BAKER, K. DRAPER, M. HEATON, Y. PAN, N. RUAMSANITWONG and D. YEOMANS, eds., Iron, Steel and Buildings: the Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Construction History Society Conference, Cambridge, 3-5 April 2020. Cambridge: Construction History Society. ISBN 978-0-9928751-6-9
MARISELA MENDOZA and JOHN CHILTON, 2019. Preservation and reuse of reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shells in the UK In: Form and Force: Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019. 839-846
2.- Deployable Structures SMIA-NTU
Collaborative research project with the Structural Morphology in Architecture Research Group SMiA.
2020 Deployable Dome D30V2 SMiA + NTU: video link
2019 Video Vertex II Pavilion SMiA + NTU: video link
AVELLANEDA-LOPEZ, O & MENDOZA, M.., 2021 Vertex Pavilion. Deployable Arches Structure with Triangular Section. In: Inspiring the Next Generation: Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2020/21 and the 7th International Conference on Spatial Structures.
2018 Torus Pavilion SMiA + NTU: video link
MENDOZA, M., AVELLANEDA-LÓPEZ, O. and VILLAMIL-PEÑA, D., 2018. Learning by doing: fostering creativity in the teaching and learning of deployable structures in architectural education. In: C. MUELLER and S. ADRIAENSSENS, eds., Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia: IASS 2018 Boston Symposium: Education of Architecture and Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 16-20 July 2018. Madrid: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures.
3.-EU Cost Action Project: Beyond the EPC Requirements, potential, and risks of energy-efficient mortgages in the promotion of efficient homes, EnerValor2, Ref.: PID2019-104561RB-I00