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Mark Jarzombek


Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, is the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA.

He studied at the University of Chicago (1970-73) and obtained a Diploma of Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1980, and a PhD on History of Architecture from MIT in 1986.

He was a Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) fellow, Landover, MD (1985), Post-doctoral Resident Fellow at the J Paul Getty Center for the History of Humanities and Art, Santa Monica, CA (1986), a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (1993), at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal (2001) and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA (2005). He has worked extensively on nineteenth and twentieth century aesthetics, and the history and theory of architecture.

He received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in 2009 from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the Institute of International Education.

He has published several books including A Global History of Architecture (2006) with co-author Vikram Prakash. He is the author of Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective (2013).

He presented “Let’s create the Institute for the Study of Urban Metrics (ISUM)” at the inaugural Holcim Roundtable held at MIT Endicott House, Boston, MA, USA in 2014 and also attended the 2nd Holcim Roundtable held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015).

Mark Jarzombek was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for North America in 2014.

Last Updated: July 07, 2015
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