Habitat Unit

Doctoral Candidate

Mari Paz Agundez

 Mari Paz Agundez


Room 624
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21908
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907

Curriculum Vitae

Mari Paz Agundez joined Habitat Unit in July 2019 as a PhD candidate.
Her research investigates the impact of borders on the urbanism of the city and on the development of urban life. Her case study is based in Ceuta, a Spanish city located in Africa, where the European border takes its most defensive and exclusive form. Under a multiscalar approach, she analyzes the different agents controlling the region and the power negotiations between them. She pursues her dissertation within the Habitat Unit Chair, at the TU Berlin and in collaboration with the urbanism department of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She is currently a lecturer at the Berlin International University.
She graduated from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2015. She also completed her first master's year at TU Berlin. She has worked in several international studios such as Sauerbruch Hutton, Nieto Sobejano, and Herzog de Meuron. In 2019 she started her dissertation which she has been conducting along with her practical work as an architect for the studio GMP.


2013 - 2015
Master of arts in architecture and urban design. Investigation on the Spanish migrant reception system and projection and development of a welcome center for migrants, supervised by Prof A. Barbarín (Universidad Politécnica Madrid)
2012 - 2013
M.A. Architecture, 1st and 2nd Semester. Exchange program funded by the Erasmus Exchange Programme Scholarship (TU Berlin)
2009 - 2012
Bachelor of technology in architecture and urban design (Universidad Politécnica Madrid).
Complementary education
2010 - 2012
ACETSAM, Cooperation and development area of the university (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
Tender is the night, participation in an architecture workshop, design study, fieldwork and final construction of an installation

Employment History+

Since 2018
Senior Architect
Gerkan Marg & Partner, Berlin
2017 - 2018
Herzog & de Meuron; Berlin
2016 - 2017
Junior Architect
Gerkan, Marg und Partner GmbH
Nieto Sobejano, Berlin
Alfonso Azqueta Studio, Madrid
Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin

Research Projects+

Since 2019
PhD research project, supervised by Prof P. Misselwitz (TU Berlin) and Prof. Dr Javier Ruiz (UP Madrid)
An investigation into the infrastructure of Fortress Europe and how its presence in the border city of Ceuta, segregates the society, impacts on the economy and consequently shapes the urban development of the city.
2014 - 2015
Master’s degree research project, supervised by Prof A. Barbarín (UP Madrid)
An advanced and thorough investigation on the Spanish migrant reception system and projection and development of a welcome center for migrants, providing first aid facilities and implementing their social and economic inclusion.

Teaching Activities+

Building construction, with Jeanne Francois Fischer, Berlin International University, BA Architecture.  
WS 21/22
Building Material Sciences, with Jeanne Francois Fischer, Berlin International University, BA Architecture.  
SS 21
Interior Construction, with Javier Martin, Berlin International University, BA Architecture and BA Interior Architecture
WS 20/21
Building Material Sciences, with Javier Martin, Berlin International University, BA Interior Architecture

Conferences and Papers+

2nd Global Conference Urbanism at borders.Borders within border.
Ceuta, the border city of the European Fortress in Africa, Malaga, Spain.
18th IMISCOE’s Annual Conference, Crossing borders, connecting cultures
The urban development of border districts in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta: a dichotomy in productive infrastructure and systemic social segregation.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships+

DAAD Travel and Research grant.
TU-Berlin, Habitat Unit. Upgrading Favelas, Vitoria, Brazil
2012 - 2013
Erasmus Scholarship, Student and Internship
for 2 Semesters exchange as a student enrolled at the TU- Berlin and an additional semester exchange in Berlin as an intern.
Grant of Excellence of the state of Madrid