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Markus Dochantschi (born 1968, Neuburg, Germany) is a German-born architect based in New York. He is a registered architect in the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects. As the founder and principal of studioMDA (Dochantschi Inc.), a New York-based, multidisciplinary architecture and design firm, Dochantschi has been recognized as one of the world’s preeminent designers of art and cultural spaces [1] . Dochantschi and his firm have designed dozens of galleries and exhibitions, and over 200 international art booths, earning Dochantschi the title of "the Art World’s New Go-To Architect” in 2017 [2]. The firm has also designed university buildings, auction houses, and private residences.

Education and Early Years[edit]

Dochantschi was trained as an architect in Darmstadt, Germany; he received his Masters of Architecture degree in 1995. Dochantschi was granted two scholarships including DAAD scholarship which enabled him to work with Arata Isozaki and Tom Heneghan in Tokyo, Japan. Dochantschi was subsequently invited back to Tokyo by Fumihiko Maki in 1995.

Professional Life[edit]

Following his time in Tokyo, Dochantschi joined London-based firm Zaha Hadid Architects. He continued to work closely with Zaha Hadid from 1995-2002; working as a director, project director, project architect, and designer. During his time there Dochantschi worked on projects for Hadid such as Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center, Landesgartenschau Germany, Bergisel Ski Jump, Contemporary Arts Center Ohio and the Vista Master plan Singapore, among many others.

After working for 7 years at Zaha Hadid Architects (UK), Dochantschi established studioMDA in 2002 in New York. Dochantschi has designed projects internationally, ranging in typology from high-end and affordable residential, cultural, commercial, institutional, mixed-use, non-profit, and, educational. His work on cultural institutions include New York based galleries: Bortolami Gallery, Anton Kern Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Richard Taittinger Gallery, Nahmad Contemporary, 303 Gallery, David Nolan Gallery, High Line Nine, four galleries for Kasmin Gallery , as well as, Istanbul based galleries Dirimart Gallery and Collectorspace. Dochantschi is known for his work on cultural institutions, showing a sensitivity to proportion, light, and, flexibility of space. In 2017, Artsy Magazine featured him in the article, “These Architects Are Transforming the Way We Experience Art” listing studioMDA as one of the firms “behind some of the most inventive and influential cultural spaces today… ”[3]

Dochantschi’s style has been described as “airy”, “minimalist”, “both modern and functional” [2]. An article by Cultured Mag notes, “three elements always mark his galleries: light, flexibility and the very character of the site.” [4]. The synthesis of art, architecture, and culture is a longstanding priority in his firm design methodology.


In 2003 Dochantschi taught an Advanced Studio at Yale University with Zaha Hadid, Stefan Behnish, and, Gerald Hines. Dochantschi served as the director of the Global Cities Architecture Program at Columbia GSAPP from 2013-15 as well as Adjunct Professor for Planning and Preservation Advanced Studio from 2008-17. Dochantschi has also been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design and a guest critic at the Architectural Association School of Architecture London; Columbia University, NY; The Cooper Union, NY; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Princeton University, Princeton; the ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.

Selected Projects[edit]




Works In Progress[edit]

Art Fairs[edit]

Art Fair Booths[edit]

Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze New York, FIAC /Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain, TEFAF / The European Fine Art Fair NY, Abu Dhabi Art, The Armory Show, The Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, Art Dealer Association of America/ ADAA , Art Stage Singapore, EXPO Chicago, Zona Maco Arte Contemporane.

Other Activities[edit]

Dochantschi served on The Green Codes Committee in 2012, created to make recommendations for New York City Building Code revisions for greening our environment.


  1. ^ Kwun, Aileen (2017-07-06). "These Architects Are Transforming the Way We Experience Art". Artsy Magazine.
  2. ^ a b "Meet the Art World's New Go-To Architect". Galerie Magazine. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ Kwun, Aileen (2017-07-06). "These Architects Are Transforming the Way We Experience Art". Artsy Magazine.
  4. ^ "Architect Markus Dochantschi the Gallery Transformer". Cultured. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Daniel Buren Injects Color Inside Bortolami Gallery's New Manhattan Space". Interior Design Magazine. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Paul Kasmin Gallery, 27th Street by StudioMDA'". Dezeen. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  7. ^ Sanjay Gangal (2012-11-08). "Paul Kasmin Gallery by StudioMDA'". AECCAFE. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  8. ^ "School". Malaika.
  9. ^ Calendar Main Event – Art Happenings. Manhattan. 2008. p. 64.
  10. ^ Savino, Chiara. (2009). Gallerie D'arte. Milano: Motta Architettura.
  11. ^ {Cite web|url=http://www.contemporist.com/detiger-residence-by-studiomda/%7Ctitle=Detiger Residence by studioMDA | publisher=contemporist |date=2012-06-13}}
  12. ^ {Cite web|url=https://www.arthitectural.com/studiomda-loft-in-noho/%7Ctitle=studioMDA | Loft in Noho | publisher=arthitectural}}
  13. ^ Rebecca Paul (2015-12-22). "StudioMDA Explores Fantasy and Sexuality in a Hank Moody-Inspired Bedroom". 6sqft.

External links[edit]

Category:German Architects

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