Marc M. Cohen

Dr. Marc M. Cohen is a licensed architect who has devoted his career to design, research and development in aerospace, particularly human spaceflight. His interest in spaceflight was sparked from a young age viewing missions like Vangaurd 2, Sputnik 3, and Explorer 3. He went on to pursue a career in future architecture at Princeton and Columbia. In December of 1979, he began his career at NASA Ames Research Center in the Facilities Engineering branch. While there, he earning his California Architecture License. When the Space Station program began in 1983, Dr. Cohen served on the Space Station Concept Development Group at NASA HQ, and eventually became a charter member of the Space Human Factors Office, which began his education in Human-centered design. In 1988 he won the NASA Full Time Graduate Fellowship, and attended a doctoral program in Architecture at the University of Michigan. Upon returning to NASA Ames, he worked as part of the Advanced Space Technology Office, focusing on the Human Exploration Demonstration Project for his dissertation (Problem Definition in a Participatory Design Process,1995). After this he went on to work on SOFIA as the Human Engineering lead until the program went out to bid. After this experience, Dr. Cohen went to work on the Mars Astrobiology Surface Science Lab and Mars Returned Sample Handling. During this period, Dr. Cohen helped to organize the Space Architecture working group within the AIAA Design Engineering Technical Committee, serving as its chair between 2005-2006. Following his chairmanship, the committee spun off as its own technical committee. In 2003, Dr. Cohen worked for John Mankins at NASA HQ to develop the "Habot" (Habitable Robot) Mobile Lunar Base. This was an opportunity for him to explore the combined architecture of a space habitat and a mobility project, dealing with the challenges of living and working environmental design, radiation protection, EVA access, and the deployment strategy of such a system. Dr. Cohen took early retirement from NASA Ames on New Year's Eve 2005 and went to work four days later for Northrop Grumman working on the CEV proposal. Following this, he began independent research work on Human Systems Integration for the Lunar Lander and lunar surface system habitats. After the cancellation of Constellation in 2010, Dr. Cohen began his new venture by incorporating Marc M. Cohen, Architect P.C., a California Professional Service Corporation, with the nom d'├ęspace being Astrotecture or Cohen Astrotecture. This new venture seeks to focus on research, planning, and design for all gravity regimes.
Marc M. Cohen
Architect P.C., Astrotecture