Marc Marín Webb

Photo Of Marc Marín Webb Standing In Front Of A Wall

PhD CandidateJunior Kolb Fellow

Marc Marín Webb is a PhD Candidate in Mesopotamian history and archaeology. Formally trained as an architect in Barcelona and Berlin, he has participated in several archaeological and heritage preservation projects in the MENA region. His research focuses on post-conflict heritage preservation in Iraq, early Mesopotamian architecture and urbanism, the conservation and interpretation of archaeological sites, and conservation science. He is also interested in the modern reception of ancient Near Eastern art, and has assisted in the curation, research, and design of several museum exhibitions. As part of his doctoral dissertation, he is collaborating as architectural consultant to the Penn-based Iraq Heritage Stabilization Program, assisting the conservation of the Yezidi Sanctuary of Sheikh Adi (Lalish, Iraq). In 2021 he was named Louis J. Kolb Society Junior Fellow.


MA, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2018).
Thesis: "The Influence of Mesopotamian Art in Joan Miró," with honors

MA, Architecture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya/Technische Universität Berlin (2013).
Thesis: "Management, Conservation and Dissemination Strategies for the Archaeological Site of Tell al-Muqayyar (ancient Ur, Iraq)"

BA, Architecture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Research Interests

Academic and Professional Honors:

2021  Louis J. Kolb Junior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

2016  Pilar Juncosa Grant for Research into Joan Miró and his artistic and cultural milieu. Co-PI.

2015  Passages Metropolitains International City Planning Competition (First Prize and Honorable Mention). Co-PI.

2011  Gerda Henkel Foundation Grant. Co-PI.

2010  12th International Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition, Venice. TU-Berlin selected project.  


2022  Lagash Archaeological Project (Dhi Qar, Iraq). PI: Holly Pittman.

2019-Present Conservation of the Sanctuary of Sheikh Adi (Lalish, Iraqi Kurdistan). Architectural Consultant to the Iraq Heritage Stabilization Program.

2014  Rowanduz Archaeological Program (Soran, Iraqi Kurdistan). PI: Michael D. Danti and Richard L. Zettler.

2012-2014  Archaeological Excavation at Qasr Shemamok (Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan). PI: Olivier Rouault, Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault.

2010  Archaeological Excavation at Tell Massaïkh (Ashara, Syria). PI: Olivier Rouault, Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault.

Museum Experience

2018 ‘Turbulencias. Colección "La Caixa” de Arte Contemporáneo.’ Caixaforum Barcelona. Overseer of design and execution for “La Caixa” Foundation.

2018  ‘Robert Capa en Color.’ Caixaforum Sevilla and Zaragoza. Overseer of design and execution for “La Caixa” Foundation.

2017  ‘Sumer and the Modern Paradigm,’ Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Documentation.

2016  'Brick by Brick: Ceramics applied to Architecture,' Museu del Disseny, Barcelona. Documentation and design.

2015  'From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics,' Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York. Assistant curator.

2013  'Mediterranean. From myth to reason,' Caixaforum Madrid and Barcelona. Documentation and virtual reconstruction of the Agora of Athens.

2012  'Before the Deluge. Mesopotamia 3500-2100 B.C.,' Caixaforum Madrid-Barcelona. Assistant in the design and documentation.

Courses Taught

University of Pennsylvania

2019  Introduction to the Ancient Near East. TA (Instructor: Grant Frame).

2020  Land of the Pharaohs. TA (Instructor: Josef Wegner).

2020  Introduction to the Ancient Near East. TA (Instructor: Emily Hammer).

2021  Land of the Pharaohs. TA (Instructor: Josef Wegner).

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

2018  Theory of Architecture II. Associate Professor (Instructor: Pedro Azara).

2018  History of Architecture. Associate Professor (Instructor: Ramon Graus).

2017  Theory of Architecture II. Associate Professor (Instructor: Pedro Azara).

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

2019  Pedro Azara, Joan Borrell, Marc Marín Webb, and Eric Rusiñol, Réflexions sur l’Architecture à Qasr Shemamok, 2014, in Études Mésopotamiennes – Mesopotamian Studies, n.2, Archaeopress Archaeology, Oxford.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

2020  Pedro Azara and Marc Marín Webb, Miró in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia in Miró, in Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Lorenzo Verderame (eds.) (Re)constructing the past: Popular Culture and Ancient Near East, Lockwood Press, Atlanta.

2019  Pedro Azara and Marc Marín Webb, An archaeological exhibition without archaeology? Joan Miró looks at Mesopotamian masterpieces, in Geoff Emberling and Lucas Petit (eds.) Museums and the ancient Middle East: curatorial practice and audiences, Routledge, London.

2017  Marc Marín Webb, Miró: the Sumerian 'impact', in Sumer and the Modern Paradigm, Fundació Miró, Barcelona.


2013  Discover Madrid, Editorial Hipòtesi, Barcelona.


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