Current PhD students

Roxana Bakhshayesh Karam

Hafsa Olcay

Sebastian Aedo Jury

Scully Beaver

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

Research by Design​

Digital Design Methodologies

1:1 Digital Fabrication and prototyping

Contemporary Design Theories (emphasis on New Materialisms)

Urban Cultures and Public Space

Critical Architectural Practice

I am a Lecturer in Architectural Design, a chartered architect and a partner in Cuartoymitad Architecture & Landscape, an award-winning research and design studio whose work has been published and exhibited internationally, most notably at the 11th Venice Biennale. 

Besides publishing research papers in refereed journals, I also articulate my research output through both speculative design and architectural practice. My design work has been widely disseminated in both print and exhibition formats. Exhibition venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Badajoz, the FreshMadrid exhibition (Madrid, Brussels, Bogotá, Montevideo and Barcelona), the IV Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial, and the Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle. Recently finished projects include the conversion of a large eighteenth-century fortress in Santoña (Cantabria, Spain) into the Monte Buciero Museum, and the spatial design and ephemeral architecture for the Zinc Shower event in Madrid. 

I taught at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid before relocating to Edinburgh in 2013. I have also held teaching posts at IE University in Segovia and Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, and was visiting faculty at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (USA) and the Technische Universität Graz (Austria). In 2017 I was appointed Visiting Professor at the Università degli studi di Cagliari (Italy). My current research interests focus on the intersection of digital design technologies, urban public space and contemporary design theory.


The bulk of my teaching takes place in the context of the Architectural Design Studio. I am currently the Course Organiser for Architectural Design 3: Explorations (BA/MA Architecture), where I also lead a unit focusing on data-based design practices and their roles in shaping urban public space.

​​​​​​My current research interests focus on the intersection of digital design technologies, urban public space and contemporary design theory. 

Current research projects include:

- A monograph presenting three different takes on the contemporary discourses of New Materialism, deployed through the perspective of architectural design and aimed at an architectural audience.


- A critical analysis of technology-oriented design practices, grounded on the notion of 'sensing' and focusing on the development of physical, real-time responses to 'sensed' data streams within the context of urban public space

Individual research topics include:


-Research by Design​


-Digital Design Methodologies


-1:1 Digital Fabrication and prototyping


-Contemporary Design Theory, with and emphasis on New Materialism


-Urban Public Space


-Critical Architectural Practice



Maldonado, Miguel. 2017. “Subjective Prototypes”. In Subverting Data-Based Design Practices To Reconstruct The Public Domain(S).
“Video Postcards”. 2017. Cagliari Metropolitan Region, Cagliari Downtown, Piazza Yenne And Torre Dell'elefante (Exhibition).
“Strip Horizon”. 2016.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2016. “A Room With Views: The Mazo Fortress In Santoña, Spain”.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2015. “Diagramas”. Revista Ega.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2015. “The Limits Of The Useful”. Drawing On: Journal Of Architecture Research By Design.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2014. “Digital Recipes”. In Fusion - Proceedings Of The 32Nd Ecaade Conference. Vol. 1.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2014. “Lo Anexacto: Operaciones Delimitadoras En La Obra De Sejima Y Nishizawa”. Materia Arquitectura.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2014. “A Room With Views”. The Mazo Fortress In Santoña, Spain.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2014. “Digital Diagrams As Spatial Design Tools”. In Geometrías '14 Proceedings. ISCTE-UIL.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2014. “Más Allá De La Firmitas”. Dearq.
Maldonado, Miguel, Cristina Moreno, and Efrén Grinda. 2014. “'creative Destruction', 'fast Architecture', 'fest', 'fresh', 'mistakes', 'obsolescence', 'rule Set'”. In Third Natures. The Architectural Association.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2013. “Plan De Despliegue Y Proliferación”. P+C: Proyecto Y Ciudad 4.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2013. “Intro / Nitro”. 255.
Dibujar, Analizar, Proyectar (2010). 2013. Dibujar, Analizar, Proyectar (2010). Mairea.
Dibujar, Analizar, Proyectar (2011). 2013. Dibujar, Analizar, Proyectar (2011). Mairea.
Maldonado, Miguel, and Belén Díaz-Guerra. 2012. “Arquigrafías”. In Xiv Congreso Internacional De Expresión Gráfica Arquitectónica. Universidad de Valladolid.
Maldonado, Miguel. 2012. “El Límite De Lo Útil”. Pasajes De Arquitectura Y Crítica.
La Ciudad Como Espacio De Relaciones Dinámicas. 2012. La Ciudad Como Espacio De Relaciones Dinámicas. Mairea.
La Transformación De Las Estructuras De La Ciudad. 2012. La Transformación De Las Estructuras De La Ciudad. Mairea.
Maldonado, Miguel, and Ruth Clemente. 2007. “Nuevos Comportamientos: Espacio Activado”. In Los Nuevos Centros Culturales En Europa. Grupo Xabide.