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Mark E Breeze

Mark E Breeze

BA (Hons) | MA | MPhil | MArch | LEED AP | GCSD | NCARB | FRSA

Director of Studies, St. John's College, University of Cambridge

Researcher, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford


Mark E Breeze is a Harvard-trained architect, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and an academic based at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. Beyond his professional film and architecture practice, he serves as Director of Studies in Architecture at St.John's College, Cambridge, and as a Researcher on the University of Oxford 'Architectures of Displacement' Project.

Mark has practised architecture in Beijing, Boston, London and New York, working on commercial and mixed-use projects for Norman Foster, cultural projects for Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long, and residential projects for Annabelle Selldorf.  He is a licensed architect (NCARB) with a specialty in integrated sustainability: he is an Accredited Professional Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP), he holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design (GCSD), and he has been selected as a member of the Al Gore Climate Leadership Corps.  Mark has served as an invited juror for international design competitions held by the Royal Society of Arts, the Architects' Journal, and the Architecture Foundation.

Mark's professional film experience includes working as a Producer, Architectural Consultant, and Field Director for the Discovery Channel and Dreamworks under Steven Spielberg.  In 2012 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the award-winning architectural documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero. His personal film work has been exhibited at the Royal College of Art, London, and the Barbican, London. He was nominated and named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2014.

Mark has taught architectural design, history, and theory at a variety of international institutions.  As a faculty member of the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture he directed the first year design studio and lectured on architectural history and theory. He has also directed design studios at the Architectural Association, London, and Nanjing University, China; served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate studios at Harvard; and he has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Media Lab and American University, Washington DC. Mark has participated in juries at a wide variety of international design schools, including Harvard University, Columbia University, the California College of the Arts, Northeastern University, Parsons New School of Design, the Pratt Institute, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, as well as The Bartlett UCL, the Royal College of Art, and the Architectural Association. 

Mark graduated from the University of Cambridge as a University Scholar with a Bachelor and Master of Arts with First Class Honours, and as a UK Arts and Humanities Research Board Scholar with a Master of Philosophy with Distinction.  He received his professional Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a Herchel Smith Scholar and a John F Kennedy Scholar.  He has held fellowships at The Huntington in Los Angeles (2014), the United States Library of Congress in Washington DC (2015), and the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre (2016).

Contact: mbreeze[at]

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