Gregory Marinic, PhD

Gregory Neil Marinic, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

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Professional Summary

Gregory Marinic, PhD is Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning SAID and Director of URBANIA, a grant-funded research lab speculating on urban futures. His research examines architecture and urbanism in relation to obsolescence, informality, ecology, and social justice. His current field work is based in Latin America and Southeastern Europe where it explores the intersection of the built environment with identity.

He has published four books, including Urban Labyrinths: Informal Settlements, Architecture, and Social Change in Latin America (Routledge, 2024), Informality and the City (Springer, 2022), and The Interior Urbanism Theory Reader (Routledge, 2024). His current book projects include Constructed Ecologies: Urbanism, Infrastructure, and Architecture Shaped by Nature, under contract with Springer; and About Streets: Perspectives on Urbanism, Architecture, and Placemaking, forthcoming with Springer in 2024.

Dr. Marinic has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals including AD Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Urbanism, Design Issues, International Journal of Architectural Research, AIA Forward JournalIntAR Journal of Interventions and Adaptive Reuse, and Perspectives on Global Development & Technology, among others. His recent book chapters include 'Remaking Space in American Suburbia', in The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City, and Urban Society, (Routledge); ‘Urban Sights’, in The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Design Since 1945, (Routledge); ’Industrialized Vernaculars: Reassessing Postwar Hybrid Influences on Paul Rudolph and the Sarasota School’, in Arquitectura y Explotación Forzada: El Golfo de México, 1920-1970, (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas); and ‘The Rise, Fall, and Reemergence of Ponte City’, in The African Metropolis: Struggles Over Urban Space, Citizenship, and Rights to the City, (Routledge). 
He serves on doctoral committees in architecture and planning, and applies his research to teaching design studios, PhD/MS Architecture research methods, and history-theory courses. His teaching seeks to advance interdisciplinary practices that foster sustainability, resilience, and social justice. This work has been recognized with national awards including the ACSA Diversity Achievement Award and AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award.

He holds over twenty-five years of experience in professional practice. Prior to academia, he worked in architecture firms in New York and London including Rafael Viñoly Architects, Gensler, Tsao & McKown, Yoshihara McKee, AB Skarbinski Architects, and William Nicholas Bodouva Architects. At Viñoly, he contributed to RIBA and AIA award-winning civic, academic, performing arts, residential, aviation, master planning, and urban design projects. At AB Skarbinski, he designed award-winning affordable housing in Harlem for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In 2008, he established Arquipelago, a practice that has been awarded by the American Institute of Architects, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and exhibited in the AIA New York Center for Architecture, AIA Philadelphia Center for Architecture, Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Estonian Architecture Museum,TSMD Turkish Architecture Center in Ankara, National Building Museum in Washington, and elsewhere.


PhD, Architecture: Texas A&M University

Master of Architecture: University of Maryland

BS, Geography-Urban Planning: Ohio University

Certificate of Latin American Studies: Ohio University

Research and Practice Interests

History & Theory of Architecture; History & Theory of Urbanism, Informal Urbanism; Urban Design; Urban Morphology, Housing, Community Design; Sustainability; Interior Urbanism; Public Interiors; De-industrialization & Revitalization; Consumption & Obsolescence; Redlining; Suburbia; Dead Malls; Adaptive Reuse; Historic Preservation; Sustainability & Resilience; Architecture & Urbanism of Latin America and the Global South; Transnationalism; Immigration, Migration, & Placemaking; Ethnic Succession; Multiculturalism; World Expositions; Identity & Heterotopia; Utopia/Dystopia; Social Justice

Student Advising

Shuo Qin (Doctoral ) Chair Status:In Progress

Weiqi Chu (Doctoral ) Chair Status:In Progress

Hazim Alhazmi (Doctoral ) Chair Status:In Progress

Alican Alexandre Yildiz (Doctoral ) Committee Member Status:In Progress

Leo Liu (Doctoral ) Committee Member Status:In Progress

Samira Sarabandikachyani (Doctoral ) Committee Member Status:In Progress

Nicholas Afadzi (Doctoral ) Committee Member Status:In Progress

Almoiad Alkadam (Doctoral ) Chair Status:In Progress

Sam Yeganeh (Doctoral ) Chair Status:In Progress

Megan Phillippe (Doctoral ) Committee Member Status:In Progress

Contact Information

Aronoff Center for Design & Art
7217 DAAP
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45221
Phone: 513-556-1126