studioMDA is a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm, based in New York and founded in 2002 by Markus Dochantschi with the mission of challenging the boundaries of design.
studioMDA has worked extensively across the United States and internationally in countries such as Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Peru, Chile, Cambodia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi. The firm’s work includes a wide range of typologies, including both high-end and affordable residential, cultural, commercial, institutional, mixed-use, and architectural design competitions. studioMDA has won numerous awards and has been published widely. The firm has emerged as an authority on cultural buildings and has worked extensively with renowned art collectors, artists and gallerists to design more than a dozen art galleries and countless art booths and exhibitions, including three galleries for Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Bortolami Gallery (New York), Anton Kern Gallery (New York), Lisson Gallery (New York), Dirimart Gallery (Istanbul), Carpenters Workshop Gallery (New York), Richard Taittinger Gallery (New York), Nahmad Contemporary (New York), 303 Gallery (New York), Collectorspace (Istanbul) and David Nolan Gallery (New York).
Currently, the office is expanding its portfolio of cultural projects with the new Paul Kasmin Gallery and the High Line Nine Galleries, opening in October of 2018 in New York’s Chelsea Gallery District. Work is ongoing on the new Andrew Kreps Gallery in Tribeca, the Faurschou Foundation in Brooklyn, and a private art museum in Thailand, as well.
Prior to starting studioMDA, Markus worked for Zaha Hadid Architects from 1995 to 2002. In this role, he ran her office and led many projects, including acting as Head Project Architect on the Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center in Cinncinati. He also worked for Fumihiko Maki immediately after finishing his studies. Markus was trained as an architect in Germany, where he graduated with a master of architecture from the Technische Universität Darmstadt. He has taught an Advanced Studio at Yale University with Zaha Hadid, Stefan Behnisch and Gerald Hines (2003), and an Advanced Studio at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) from 2008 until now. Markus has also served as the director of the Global Cities Architecture Program (GCAP) at GSAPP. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and a guest critic at the AA London; Columbia University, NY; The Cooper Union, NY; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Princeton University, Princeton; the ETH Zurich, Switzerland; the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst Vienna, Austria.