Markus Miessen is a London- and Berlin- based architect, researcher, educator, and writer.


In 2002, he set up Studio Miessen, a platform for spatial strategy and critical cultural analysis. Currently, he is developing a long-term project with the Department for Education and Public Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, developing alternative spatial typologies for contemporary archives and libraries, and is consulting to the Consul General of Slovenia in New York on a project that investigates the imaginary East Coast Europe. As a writer, Miessen has published articles in more than 30 different international titles, from academic to scientific to popular culture. He is the editor of The Violence of Participation (Sternberg Press, 2007), co-editor of With/Without – Spatial Products, Practices and Politics in the Middle East (Bidoun, 2007) and Did Someone Say Participate? An Atlas of Spatial Practice (MIT Press, 2006), and co-author of Spaces of Uncertainty (Müller+Busmann, 2002). His work has been exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards and prizes including from the Flemisch Government (Brussels), Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur (Amsterdam), Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Berlin), the Henry Saxon Snell Prize, and was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal. He has lectured widely, including at Columbia University NY, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Berlage Institute, the Venice and Istanbul Biennials, Centro Cultural Tijuana (Mexico), Stuttgart University, the Royal College of Art (London), Van Alen Institute NYC, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Cologne, International Design Forum Dubai, and the Camp for Oppositional Architecture at Casco, Utrecht.