Marta Serra (1981) is a PhD Architect, researcher and adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Vallès School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech.
Her research focuses on the community dimension of architecture and urbanism by investigating the social role of the architect within the design process and the autonomy of the user, theory about public space, creative spatial practices and theory from various humanist architects from the 20th century. She runs projects and courses dealing with participatory design, learning-service, urban perception, informal urbanism, memory of place, communal experiences, self-sufficiency, community planning and co-creation.
Her granted dissertation “Latent Spaces: Contemporary Practices in Art Towards a Critical Urbanism” (cum laude 2014 with European Mention) includes public space politics, creative spatial practices and theory from various humanist architects from contemporary history.
She has lectured at the Illinois Architecture Study Abroad Program at Barcelona-El Vallès (2018 and 2019) and was visiting professor at Università degli Studi di Enna Kore (2015-2016). Co-founder of the co-op Cíclica [space · community · ecology] (www.ciclica.eu), she has run projects awarded first prize by Bauwelt 2017 and European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 amongst other international nominations.