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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, Humanitarian Shelter Group


Mark E Breeze is a Harvard-trained architect, a University of Cambridge academic, and an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.  Beyond his professional architectural and film practise, he serves as Director of Studies in Architecture at St.John's College, Cambridge, and he is the Founding Chair of the Humanitarian Shelter Group at the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement.  His current research explores 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 currently serves as a UK Board Director of the American Institute of Architects.

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.  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.  His feature-length documentary 'Shelter Without Shelter' will be released in 2020. 

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

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 leading 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.  He completed his post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre.  Mark has held fellowships at The Huntington in Los Angeles, the United States Library of Congress, and the University of Oxford.  

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