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Decker, Martina

Contact Info
Office: Colton 333
Phone: 973-596-5371

Expert In: sustainability

Academic Interests: smart materials, sustainability

About Me

A pioneer in smart materials in architecture, Professor Decker is a partner in Decker Yeadon, the first architecture research office to synthesize “buckypaper,” a thin sheet of carbon nanotubes. She and her partner, Peter Yeadon, are researching a range of novel, high performance materials like this for future building projects. Her work focuses on how new materials with novel properties might generate solutions to various contemporary challenges in sustainability and health and safety. In both her research and her architectural practice, she makes use of materials that are engineered at the molecular level.



Dipl. Ing. (FH) Architektur | FHM Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, 2004
Vordiplom in der Architektur | FHM Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, 2000

Professional Experience


Partner, Decker Yeadon LLC, New York City, USA, 2006-Present
Project Leader, Kohn Shnier architects, Toronto, Canada, 2004 – 2006
Partner, Decker + Yeadon, Germany/USA, 2002 – 2004
Intern Architect, ARCABI Associates, Florence, Italy, 2000
Intern Architect, Architekturbüro Prenntzell, Munich, Germany, 1999 + 2001 + 2002



Courses I Teach



Decker, Martina. “Emergent Futures: Nanotechology and Emergent Materials in Architecture” | BTES CONFERENCE 2013 – Tectonics of Teaching (in peer-review)
Decker, Martina. “New Material Compositions”, Ng, Rashida and Patel, Sneha ed., Performative Materials in Architecture and Design, Bristol, UK: Intellect Ltd. (upcoming)
Decker, Martina. “nBots – Sustaining Nanorobotic Environments,” Joachim, Mitchell and Silver, Michael ed., Post Sustainability: Blueprints for a Green Planet, New York: Metropolis Books/ D.A.P. (upcoming)
Dahl, Richard. “Cooling Concepts”, RTP, North Carolina: Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (2013)
Premier, Allessandro. “Linee di sviluppo”, Superfici dinamiche. Le schermature mobili nel progetto di architettura, Milan, Italy: FrancoAngeli (2012)
Monoian, Elizabeth and Ferry, Robert ed. Public Art of the Sustainable City: The Land Art Generator Initiative, UAE Singapore: Page One Publishing (2012)
Ng, Rashida and Patel, Sneha. “Engineering Phase Change Material” in Convergence + Confluence, Toronto: Building Technology Educators Society (2011)
Borden, Gail Peter and Meredith, Michael ed. Matter: Material processes in architectural production, New York: Routledge (2011)