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Dr Mark E Breeze

Dr Mark E Breeze

BA (Hons) | MA (Cantab) | MPhil | MArch | PhD


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 at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. Beyond his professional 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.

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), and he has been selected as a member of the Al Gore Climate Leadership Corps.  He 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.  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. 

Mark has taught architectural design, history, and theory at a variety of international institutions.  He has directed architecture studios at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, and Nanjing University; he has also served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate studios at Harvard.  Beyond his current history and theory teaching at the University of Cambridge, Mark has been an invited speaker at the MIT Media Lab, the University of Oxford, American University in Washington DC, the United States Library of Congress, the Chinese Academy of the Arts, and the London Design Museum for the BBC.  He has also participated in juries at a wide variety of international design schools, including Columbia University, the California College of the Arts, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Parsons New School of Design, the Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Michigan, as well as the Architectural Association, The Bartlett, and the Royal College of Art. 

Mark graduated from the University of Cambridge as a University Scholar with a Bachelor and Master of Arts with First Class Honours, a Master of Philosophy with Distinction, and a Doctorate as a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholar.  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 (2015), and the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre (2016).

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