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Variable Projects is an award-winning design and research office operating at the intersection of architecture, computation, and fabrication.

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Our work explores how new technologies can interface with longstanding architectural traditions of craft, materiality, ornament, and pattern. We strategically leverage digital tools to explore novel material effects, develop efficient workflows, and enhance overall design excellence. Our practice operates at multiple scales and incorporates a broad range of techniques: building information modeling and parametric modeling software, robotic fabrication technologies, and full-scale prototyping.

Variable Projects is a certified Small Local Business Enterprise in Oakland, California. 



Architectural Services & Consultation
New Construction, Renovations/Alterations

Public Art Design
Temporary and permanent public artworks for interior and exterior sites.

Computational Design
Expertise with parametric modeling and building information modeling.

Fabrication Consulting
Expertise with file-to-fabrication workflows and advanced digital fabrication techniques.



Adam Marcus AIA, LEED AP — Director

Adam Marcus is a licensed and registered architect (California #C35221, New York #034114) and educator with over ten years experience in the field. His work has been recognized, published, and exhibited internationally. In addition to directing Variable Projects, he is a partner in Futures North, a public art collaborative dedicated to exploring the aesthetics of data. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Adam previously practiced with Marble Fairbanks in New York City, where he served as project architect for a number of award-winning educational and public projects.

Adam is an Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts, where he teaches design studios in computational design and digital fabrication, co-directs CCA's Architectural Ecologies Lab, and collaborates with CCA's Digital Craft Lab. From 2011 to 2013, Adam was the Cass Gilbert Design Fellow at University of Minnesota School of Architecture, where he chaired the symposium "Digital Provocations: Emerging Computational Approaches to Pedagogy & Practice" and organized the school's annual Architecture As Catalyst graduate workshop program. He has also taught at the undergraduate Department of Architecture at Barnard College / Columbia University and the Architectural Association's Visiting School Los Angeles. He was recently selected by Design Intelligence as one of the ’30 Most Admired Educators’ and received the 2015-2016 New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students. Adam currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).



Pete Pham
Haonan Jia
Sean Gentry
Frederico Leite Gonçalves
David Johansson
Daniel Raznick
Sam Daley
Jordan Barlow


Futures North
CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab
VIF Studio
Marble Fairbanks