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Dr Mark E Breeze

Dr Mark E Breeze

MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab) | MArch (Harvard)


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, a University of Cambridge academic, and an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Beyond his professional documentary film and architecture practice, he serves as Director of Studies in Architecture at St.John's College, Cambridge, and as Primary Researcher on the University of Oxford 'Architectures of Displacement' project.  His work explores the theories and practices of human shelter.

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, AIA) 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), he has been selected as a member of the Al Gore Climate Leadership Corps, and he founded and chaired the Harvard Green Design Group. He has served as an invited juror for international architectural design competitions held by the Royal Society of Arts, the Architects' Journal, the American Institute of Architects, and the Architecture Foundation.

Mark's professional documentary film experience includes working as a Producer, Architectural Consultant, and Field Director for the Discovery Channel and Dreamworks.  He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the award-winning architectural documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, under Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.  His independent 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 recognition of his interdisciplinary creative work. 

Mark has taught architectural design, history, and theory at a variety of international universities: he has directed architecture studios at the University of Cambridge, Nanjing University, and the Architectural Association; he has served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate studios at Harvard; and he currently teaches architectural design, history and theory at the University of Cambridge.  He has also participated in juries at a wide variety of leading UK and US design schools - from UCLA, UC Berkeley, Michigan and Columbia, to the AA, Bartlett, and the RCA.  

Mark has given invited public talks about his work at a range of international institutions, including MIT, the United States Library of Congress, the University of Oxford, the American University in Washington DC, The Chinese Academy of the Arts, and the London Design Museum for the BBC.  He is currently curating a series of public discussions at the University of Cambridge with leading contemporary design practitioners exploring 'The Futures of Architecture'.

Mark graduated from the University of Cambridge as a Senior Scholar with a Bachelor and Master of Arts with First Class Honours, a UK Arts and Humanities Research Board Scholar with a Master of Philosophy with Distinction, and he received his Doctorate as a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholar; he has also participated in the Cornell School of Theory and Criticism as an Evans Scholar. He received his professional Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a Herchel Smith Scholar, an Eliot House Resident Scholar, and a John F Kennedy Scholar.  Mark has held fellowships at The Huntington in Los Angeles, the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, and the United States Library of Congress.  

Mark currently serves as a Board Member of the UK American Institute of Architects, and as the Founding Director of the Shelter Group at the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement. 

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