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Dr Mark E Breeze AIA

Dr Mark E Breeze, AIA

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


Principal, Spatial Realities

Experimental Unit Master, Architectural Association, London

Visiting Scholar, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

Founding Chair, Sustainable Shelter Group, University of Cambridge

UK Sustainability Chair, American Institute of Architects


Mark E Breeze is a Harvard-trained licensed architect and an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who combines interdisciplinary practice (Principal, Spatial Realities), research (Founding Chair, University of Cambridge Sustainable Shelter Group), teaching (Experimental Unit Master, Architectural Association), and environmental design advocacy (Founding UK Sustainability Chair, American Institute of Architects). Working at the intersection of architecture and film his current work explores the theories, practices, and forms of sustainable shelter.  Recent outputs includes the award-winning documentary film Shelter Without Shelter (2020); the edited collection Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelter (Berghahn, 2020); Forms of the Cinematic: Architecture, Science, and the Arts (Bloomsbury, 2021); and contributions to the IWM London exhibition Refugees: Forced to Flee (2020).  He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement.  

Prior to founding the interdisciplinary design collaborative Spatial Realities in 2021, Mark 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. Mark is committed to advancing integrated architectural sustainability through his practice (LEED AP, GCSD) and through advocacy - from founding the Harvard Green Design Group (which became part of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative), to creating the AIA UK's Sustainability Initiative, which he currently chairs.

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 documentary feature Shelter Without Shelter was named the RIFA Film of 2020. In 2012 he was nominated and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in recognition of his interdisciplinary work.

Mark currently directs an Experimental Design Studio and a Graduate Theory Seminar at the Architectural Association, London. Previously he has directed architectural design studios at the University of Cambridge, Nanjing University, and Boston Architectural College, and taught as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard.  He has been an invited design review juror for a range of international professional and academic juries - from Columbia University, Hong Kong University, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, UCLA, Syracuse, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, to the RSA Design Awards, AJ Film Awards, and the AIA UK Design Awards.  

Mark completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Cambridge as a University Senior Scholar and AHRC Scholar, his professional architecture studies at Harvard as a John F.Kennedy Scholar and Herchel Smith Scholar, and his postdoctorate at the University of Oxford as a Sally Hogg Fellow; he has also served as a Doctoral Fellow at the Huntington in Los Angeles, an Evans Scholar at the Cornell School of Theory and Criticism, and a Kluge Fellow at the US Library of Congress.