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Marta Pastor Estebanez

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

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Marta Pastor is Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Interior Architecture & Design.

Career overview

Dr Pastor holds a MArch and a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). She has been Associate Professor at the Universities Alfonso X and Camilo José Cela of Madrid, and Vice Dean and Head of Department at the latter, combining this work with collaborations in the Master of Interior Design at the UPM and as visiting lecturer at a variety of Universities abroad.

Over the years, Marta has always been in contact with lecturing Architectural Design, where she enjoys the gratifying experience of sharing knowledge and passion for Architecture with students, trying to work closely with professionals from other disciplines such as Art, Philosophy or Sciences.

Some of her students have earned awards in local and international competitions such as the Architects Association Final Degree Project Competition in Madrid, the Tanji Government Competition in Gambia to develop a Master Plan for the city, or the Archiprix International Competition. Furthermore, their training in co-working and entrepreneurship during the school years have allowed her students to found a variety of successful architectural offices and firms.

In addition to her passion for architecture, Marta’s personal interests include the piano.

Research areas

Her PhD research is based on the work of Julio Lafuente, declared of historic and artistic interest by the Italian Ministerio dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo. Dr Pastor is author of the unpublished Catalogue of his work and co-responsible for organising his Archive in Rome, in collaboration with Studio Lafuente and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

In addition to her PhD work, other areas of research interest include:

Affordable Habitat, a program focused on designing strategies for quality low-cost building, conceived to explore new and optimized solutions. Marta has built with students affordable facilities based on sustainability principles in Colombia, Kenya, Madrid and México, working closely to local communities.

Reloading m3, a program focused on designing strategies to locate and reactivate underutilized built environments, with an emphasis on interiors.

Bio-Architecture, a program based on using good design and environmentally friendly materials and systems for reducing symptom-triggering agents.

Dr Pastor has participated in a variety of projects focused on these areas within the Design Studios and her professional practice.

External activity

Architect. Professional projects in which she is or has been involved include Administrative Buildings for the National Institute of Microbiology, Restaurant and Park at the Campus Carlos III Research Institute, Collective and Family Housing, Set Design projects and Furniture Design, mainly built in Madrid.

Member of the journal Architecture, Media, Politics, Society Editorial Board (from 2012)
Member of the journal EGA Editorial Board (2007-2013)
Member of the Professional Association of Spanish Architects (from 2000)

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent teaching and research have been conducted with the collaboration of:

Arch. Clara Lafuente, Studio Lafuente, Rome

Professor Giorgio Muratore, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Rome

Soprintendenza Archivistica per il Lazio, Ministerio dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Rome

Professor Max Risselada, Delft University of Technology, Delft