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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, Cambridge

Founding Chair, Sustainable Shelter Group

UK Board Director, American Institute of Architects


Mark E Breeze is a Harvard-trained architect and an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, who combines creative practice, research, and teaching.  He has given invited public talks about his work at a range of international institutions, from the United States Library of Congress, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the American University in Washington DC, and MIT, to the Chinese Academy of the Arts, and the London Design Museum for the BBC.  His work has been published by Routledge, Berghahn, Douglas & McIntyre, and Bloomsbury.  He was recently nominated and named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in recognition of his interdisciplinary creative work.

Mark has practised architecture in Beijing, Boston, London, and New York, working on residential projects for Annabelle Selldorf, cultural projects for Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long, and mixed-use and commercial projects for Foster+Partners.  He has a particular speciality in integrated sustainability (LEED AP, GCSD), and he currently serves as the inaugural UK Sustainability Chair and a Board Director of the American Institute of Architects.  He has been an invited juror for several international architectural design competitions, including those held by the Royal Society of Arts, the Architects' Journal, the Architecture Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects. 

Mark's documentary film experience includes directing, producing, editing, and shooting for a range of projects in the UK and the US.  He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the award-winning architectural documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero (Discovery Channel and Dreamworks), and his independent film work has been exhibited at the Royal College of Art and the Barbican in London.  His feature documentary Shelter Without Shelter will be released in late 2020.   

Mark currently teaches architectural design, history, and theory at the University of Cambridge.  He has previously taught studios at the Architectural Association, Nanjing University, Cambridge, and as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard.  He has been an invited juror at a wide variety of leading design schools - from UCLA, UC Berkeley, the California College of the Arts, the University of Michigan, Columbia University, Pratt, and Parsons, to the AA, the Bartlett, Cambridge, the RCA, and Hong Kong University. 

Mark graduated from the University of Cambridge as a Senior Scholar with a Bachelor and Master of Arts with First Class Honours, a Master of Philosophy with Distinction, and a Doctorate in Architecture.  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.  He has also studied sculpture and painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, and he has participated in the Cornell School of Theory and Criticism as an Evans Scholar. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, and he has held fellowships at The Huntington in Los Angeles, the United States Library of Congress, and the University of Oxford.  


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