Mark Morris

Mark Morris teaches architectural design, history, and theory. Winner of an AIA Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture, he has taught at The Bartlett: University College London, The Architectural Association School of Architecture, and the University of North Carolina–Charlotte. His studios focus on modeling techniques, reflexive composition, and craft. Morris's essays have been featured in Frieze, Contemporary, Cabinet, AD, and Domus. He is the author of two books: Models: Architecture and the Miniature and Automatic Architecture: Designs from the Fourth Dimension. A host of the iTunes podcast series Architecture on Air, Morris co-organized the Preston Thomas Memorial symposium Architecture of Disbelief. His research focuses on architectural models, scale, and questions of representation. Morris has previously served as coordinator of post-professional programs and director of graduate studies in the field of architecture.

Morris studied architecture at Ohio State University and received his Ph.D. at the Consortium Doctoral Program, University of London, supported by a Royal Institute of British Architects grant.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 5302 Theories and Analysis of Architecture IIContinuation of focusing on themes in architectural discourse, design, and inquiry from the 1960s to the present, and their creative/critical implications.
  • ARCH 5112 Core Design Studios IIContinuation of subjects developed in the first term. Focus on issues of program and architectonics in the design of a building type in context; introduction to site planning.
  • ARCH 6308 Special Topic: Theory of Architecture IIThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 2102 Design IVIn this Integrative Design Studio, the requirements of building systems are seen to both support and inform architectural concepts and form. One of the key design experiences during this semester will be the interaction of these concepts and building systems. Questions of energy, thermal comfort, sustainability, structure, material, and life safety will be addressed.
  • ARCH 6509 Special Topic Visual Representation IIThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Trust Research Grant, the Royal Institute of British Architects (2001–04)
  • Teacher Award (with Val Warke), thesis advisors to Reilly Hogan, first-place winner of the International Velux Award for Students of Architecture (2008)
  • Research Fellow, Tate Education Department, Tate Modern, London (2002)
  • Postgraduate Grant, Overseas Research Studentship, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the United Kingdom (2002)
  • AIA Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture (1993)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • International Lecture Series, "Model Agency," Bartlett School, University College London, London, United Kingdom (2010)
  • Conference Moderator, Material Feedback, "Defining the Naturoid," Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City (2009)
  • "Models as Mumbo Jumbo: Scale and Spirituality," The Value of Design: Design is at the Core of What We Teach and Practice, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture National Meeting, Portland, Oregon (2009)

Publications (Selected)

  • Models: Architecture and the Miniature (2006)
  • "Hexed House: A Critique of Joseph Urban's Gingerbread Castle," Cabinet: Quarterly of Art and Culture (2008)
  • "Book Review: Joseph Rykwert's The Judicious Eye: Architecture Against the Other Arts," Critical Quarterly (2009)