MAP Architects

The studio is an experimental architectural platform based in Copenhagen founded by architect David A. Garcia. The studio is active internationally, engaged mostly with projects in challenging environments. Our designs span through various scales and spheres of action, often challenging the status quo through innovation and artistic practices while pursuing a cross-disciplinary approach. Collaborative work with engineers, local communities and science, like our collaboration with UNESCO’s water resilience department, or NASA, is part of every project we undertake. From master plans in flood prone areas, to efficient design in arctic regions, from desertification or abandoned infrastructure, our methodology aims to turn hazards into assets through art and science. We truly believe that what exists is only a small part of what is possible, and we design driven by this principle.

David A. Garcia

Architect and Associate Professor David A. Garcia is founder of  MAP Architects and graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture. He has worked at Foster and Partners, London and has been an Associate Partner at Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen; where he worked for nine years. He is the editor and publisher of the international publication Manual of Architectural Possibilities, now in its eighth issue.

He was appointed Head of the Institute for Architecture and Technology at the Royal Danish Arts Academy, Copenhagen, from 2014 to 2018, where he also directs the two year masters course: Architecture and Extreme Environments since 2014.

He lectures and exhibits world-wide and is an invited guest jury member, both nationally and internationally. In recent years David has exhibited work in Beijing, New York, Chicago, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Oslo, Copenhagen and Rotterdam.

In 2007 he was awarded a prestigious 3 year bursary grant from the Danish Art Council and in 2021 was warded the international prize for Teaching Innovation by the International Union of Architects,


MAP Architects